Nicaragua Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil, Nicaragua

What is in the Collection?

These civil records include birth, marriages, and death from Nicaragua. The text of the records is in These records are written in Spanish.

Before the government instituted civil registration in Nicaragua, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths events of the population. The first civil registration law was created on January 30, 1879 with the name of “Reglamento para el Registro del Estado Civil de las Personas” (Regulation for the Registration of the Civil Status of the People), which stated the general procedures of the institution. A civil registration office was established in each city, town, and villa of the country. The Mayor was assigned as the responsible party for the civil registration within his jurisdiction. He could name a custodian officer, who would be responsible in creating separate registers of births, marriages, deaths, and reasons for the civil status only within their jurisdiction. In 1899, this law was modified to include other civil registration events such as: the recognition of illegitimate children, emancipation and age majority declarations, divorces, annulments, absentee declarations, and others. The registers of the Catholic Church created before this law were transferred to the municipality for control.

These civil records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are still in good condition to extract genealogical information.

Civil registration is mandatory in Nicaragua; therefore most of the population has been registered. The civil registration in Nicaragua was created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events, which would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population.

The civil registration records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Nicaragua.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.

Collection Contents

Birth records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and place of birth
  • Child's name and gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' age, race, status and residence
  • Occupation of father and mother
  • Names of witnesses
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, origin and occupation
  • Bride's name, age and residence
  • Bride's origin and occupation
  • Names of witnesses
Death records usually contain the following information:
  • Name of deceased
  • Date, place and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Legitimacy of deceased
  • Civil status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' civil status and residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Sometimes, burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

This section provides information on how to search the collection.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your relative's first name or some identifying information such as residence, age, estimated event (birth, marriage, death) year, and family relationships.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page::
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Department" category
⇒ Select the "City or Municipality" category
⇒ Select the "Parish or district" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

The civil registration records in Nicaragua are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1879. Before this year, it is suggested to research in the Catholic Church parish records.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place Nicaragua items or FHL Keyword Nicaragua items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.

Related Web Sites

Related Wiki Articles

Nicaraguan National Archive

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Departamento de Managua [Managua Department Civil Registration Archives], Managua.

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 Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.

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 Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.

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