Guatemala Civil Registration

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Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1877.[1]

Information Recorded in Civil Registers

Births (nacimientos)

Marriages (matrimonios, casamientos)

Divorce Records

Deaths (defunciones)

Locating Civil Registration Records

Search Strategies

To effectively use civil records, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected. When you find the person’s birth record, search for the births of his or her brothers and sisters.
  2. Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record.
  3. Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records.
  4. Repeat the process for both the father and mother.
  5. If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring municipios.
  6. Search the death records for all family members.


  1. Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.