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Access the records: Venezuela Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992 .
Title in the Language of the Record
Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
Collection Time Period
The Family History Library collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the Archdiocese of Mérida, covers the years from 1654 to 1992.
The parish records of the Archdiocese of Merida have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read; however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
Important genealogical information found in Catholic baptismal records include:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of person baptized
- Gender and date of birth
- If legitimate or illegitimate
- Parents’ names, their residence or/and place of birth
- Names of godparents
Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church marriage records include:
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Sometimes the civil status (widowed, single, divorce) at the time of the event
- Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom
- Parents’ names
- Name of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church death records include:
- Place and date where the person died
- Name of the deceased
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
- Place of burial
- Parents’ names
How to Use the Records
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Venezuela. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1873.
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place. Most of the earlier population was Roman Catholics; therefore parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).
Why This Collection Was Created?
Venezuelan Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, and also death, burial, and other ordinances.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.
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"Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992." index and images,FamilySearch: accessed 8 April 2011. entry for Juan De Dios Dugarte. baptized 12 October 1808; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 4,002,466; Archivo Arquidiocesano de Merida, Venezuela.
Sources of Information for This Collection:
"Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992", index and images, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch); from Archdiocese of Merida, Venezuela. Venezuela Merida parish registers, 1654-1992. Archivo Arquidiocesano de Mérida, Venezuela. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.