Chile Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Chile
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Record Description
Record Type: Cemetery Records
Collection years: 1821-2013
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Chile, Registros de los Cementerios
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Cementerio General, Santiago, Chile


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)

These records were usually made close to the date of burial.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for 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
  • Gender
  • Cause of death
  • Amount paid for any burial/grave-site expenses
  • Family relations to the deceased (children, extended family, etc.)

Collection Content

Sample Images

Burial Authorization Papers

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select City
  2. Select Cemetery
  3. Select Record Type and Dates to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or 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 year and 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.
Collection Citation:

“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
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Image Citation:

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.


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