Chile Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013 .
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|Flag of the Republic of Chile|
|Location of Chile|
|Record Type:||Cemetery Records|
|Title in the Language:||Chile, Registros de los Cementerios|
|Cementerio General, Santiago, Chile|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes municipal cemetery records for cemeteries throughout Chile including the Antofagasta, Cementario General in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Viña del Mar cemeteries. The earliest records found in this collection are from 1821 and include up unto 2013.
Cemetery registers and a variety of documents were needed for the burial. The work orders correspond to transfers or grave-site reductions. The judicial declarations give family relationships with the buried person and sometimes include birth or marriage records. The authorization document is a legal approval to give burial to an individual, and receipts (comprobantes) include the burial service payment. The daily log register includes the name of all cadavers entering the cemetery through a specific door and includes the service requested.
Some records you may find in this collection are:
- Burial Registers and Card Indexes
- Burial Authorizations (also Transfer Requests, Payment Records, Receipts, and Proof of Income)
The records were usually made close to the date of burial.
These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.|
What Can these Records Tell Me?
Burial registers and card indexes may contain the following information:
- Name of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
- Plot location
- Date of the site was renovated
- Date the site expires
- Receipt number
Burial authorization papers relate to each burial and may be comprised of various record types: (a) work orders correspond to transfers or reductions of cadavers, (b) sworn declarations contain family relationships with the buried person, sometimes including birth or marriage information, (c) authorization documents are legal approvals to bury an individual, and (d) receipts include burial service payment.
These records may contain the following information:
- Cemetery name
- Name of the deceased
- Date and time of death
- Place of death
- Age at death
- Cause of death
- Amount paid for any burial/grave-site expenses
- Family relations to the deceased (children, extended family, etc.)
Burial Authorization Papers
How Do I Search the Collection?
If you locate your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given.
Burial records are often brief, so it can be easy to confuse individuals of the same name, origin, and birth date.
Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the “City” category
⇒ Select the “Cemetery” category
⇒ Select the Record Type and Dates“” category which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, and some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015. Click on camera icon to see images.
What Do I Do Next?
If you find a record of your ancestor print a copy of the original document, if possible, or at least the information of where you found it. Sometimes you may find errors in the indexed or hand-copied documents. Also, in the original, you may find more information about your ancestor.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age to determine a birth year.
- Use the estimated birth yearand birthplace to locate the birth record.
- Use the locality and the spouse's name to locate a marriage record church and/or civil records.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- “Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Cementerio General, Santiago, Chile.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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