Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 .
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|Flag of the Republic of Nicaragua|
|Location of Nicaragua|
|Record Type:||Church Records|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Nicaragua|
|Archivo Historico de la Arquidiocesis de Managua|
Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Nicaragua
What is in the Collection?
This collection of baptisms, marriages, and burials was created by authorized parish priests in the years 1740 to 1960. Most of the inhabitants of Nicaragua were Roman Catholics, therefore these records may cover about 95 to 100 percent of the population from the 16th to the 20th century. These records are written in Spanish.
It is common to see the sacramental ordinances of baptism, marriage, and burial in separate registers; however, in smaller towns these records may all be recorded in one yearly book. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries. All records were handwritten in Spanish.
The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1879.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960.|
Baptism records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Child's name and gender
- Child's date and place of birth
- Parents’ names
- Names of godparents
- Sometimes, names of grandparents
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of groom
- Groom's age and civil status
- Groom's place of baptism
- Names of groom's parents
- Name of bride
- Bride's age and civil status
- Bride's place of baptism
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name of deceased
- Age and civil status of deceased
- Parents’ names
- Sometimes, name of the spouse, if married
- Cause of death
- Place of burial
How Do I Search the Collection?
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⇒ Select the "Department" category
⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
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For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
|FHL Place Nicaragua items or FHL Keyword Nicaragua items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.|
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Citing this Collection
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- "Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Archivo Historico de la Arquidiocesis de Managua [Managua Archdiocese Historic Archives].
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