Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
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Flag of the Republic of Guatemala
Location of Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
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Location of Guatemala
Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1877
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Catastro y Censo General de la Ciudad de Guatemala de 1877
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What is in the Collection?

This collection of census enumerations of the city of Guatemala was taken in 1877.

The census enumeration pages are written in Spanish on ledger-style forms with columns. The genealogical information found in the census includes: name and surname, age at the time of the census, marital status, occupation, origin, gender, literacy and religion. The census is divided by canton.

This census covers only the city of Guatemala, which at the time contained the majority of the country’s population. The census was taken by regular citizens, therefore, there may be some errors in the spelling or data, as they recorded the information while the questions were answered verbally. The census enumerations are handwritten on ledger-style, legal-sized forms. The column headings at the top of the page are printed on the forms.

The census was taken to identify the living population, their education, origin, and social groups.

The census is a reliable source for statistical information. Some of the genealogical information that is not found in other records can be used to help research the exact vital data. Some data found in the census may also not be in the vital records.

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 Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Census enumeration schedules generally contain the following information:

  • Complete locality including the canton, street, house number, block number, and parish name
  • Given name and surname of each individual living in each house or property
  • Name of the head of household
  • Age of each individual
  • Marital status or civil status
  • Occupation of each individual
  • Birthplace of each individual
  • Gender of the adults: male or female
  • Gender of the children: boys or girls
  • Whether an individual knows how to write
  • Mental or physical disabilities
  • Religion
  • Race: whites, Indians (natives), mixed (mulatto)

Collection Contents

Sample Images

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 Collection 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 Department
  2. Select City
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Canton
  5. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:

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?

Census records are especially valuable to quickly identify a family group, their residence, and the birthplace for each person along with their ages, which may help to search for other record types. These records can provide information about persons where church and civil records may be incomplete. However, use the information with caution, since it may contain inaccuracies. The informant (perhaps a member of the family or a neighbor) may have not known the facts or deliberately falsified the information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age, residence and names of the parents to locate other church and civil records.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.

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:

"Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877" Database with Images. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2017. Archivo General de Centro America, Guatemala (Central American Archives, Guatemala).


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 Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877.


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 Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877.

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