Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Valencia, Venezuela
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Location of Valencia, Venezuela
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1760, 1905-2013
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Arquidiócesis de Valencia, Registros de la Iglesia Católica
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Venezuela, Arquidiócesis de Valencia, Registros de la Iglesia Católica

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records for the dates 1760 and 1905-2013, with some records outside the date range. Records of baptisms, marriages, burials, and confirmations from the parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Valencia in Venezuela can be found in this collection.

These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.

These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1873. Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths/burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive, however, the older records were and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013.

Collection Content

The information found in each record varies by year. Records were made by Catholic priests or their associates, recorded in Spanish, and mostly written on either lined paper or blank paper that contained pre-printed numbers.

Baptism records usually include the following information:

  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Name and gender
  • Date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Sometimes the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom
  • Parents’ names and residence
  • Name of witnesses

Death records usually include:

  • Name and age of the deceased
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Parents’ names

How Do I Search the Collection?

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

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:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial collection page
⇒Select the "State" category
⇒Select the "City or Town"
⇒Select the "Parish"
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading these Records

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

What do I do Next?

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view these lessons for free:

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

In Latin America, two or three generations are often indicated in church registers, along with their birthplaces or residences. If, however, earlier generations are not listed with the relative or ancestor selected, try searching parishes located within a close proximity.

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Venezuela Emigration and Immigration

Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Don't overlook FHL Place Venezuela, Carabobo, Valencia items or FHL Keyword Venezuela, Carabobo, Valencia items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Venezuela Archives and Libraries.

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:

"Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Valencia, Venezuela.

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 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013.

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 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013.

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