El Salvador Genealogy

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The FamilySearch moderator for El Salvador is Dwsmith2

Guide to El Salvador ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

El Salvador is a country in Central America bordered by Guatemala and Honduras. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official language is Spanish.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with El Salvador Research

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El Salvador Research Tools

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Department names and abbreviations for the 14 Salvadoran Departments:

  • #AH - Ahuachapán
  • #CA - Cabañas
  • #CH - Chalatenango
  • #CU - Cuscatlán
  • #LI   - La Libertad
  • #PA - La Paz
  • #UN - La Unión
  • #MO - Morazán
  • #SM - San Miguel
  • #SS - San Salvador
  • #SV - San Vicente
  • #SA - Santa Ana
  • #SO - Sonsonate
  • #US - Usulután

Civil Registration

Online Civil Registration Records

FamilySearch Resources

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Spain," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain, accessed 24 March 2016.