Venezuela, Zulia, Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Church records
Collection years: 1930-2012
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Zulia, Arquidiócesis de Maracaibo, Registros Catolicos
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Title in the Language of the Record

Venezuela, Zulia, Arquidiócesis de Maracaibo, Registros Catolicos

What is in the Collection?

This collection of church records includes baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations, pre-marriage investigations, and other miscellaneous records from the parishes in Archdiocese of Maracaibo in Venezuela from 1930-2012.

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

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

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 generally include the following information:

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Confirmation records/registers generally include:

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparent

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually include:

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Birthplace
  • Names of parents

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.

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, an estimated birth, marriage, or death year, and family relationships such as a parent's name.

Search the Collection

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the Browse link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the Estado (State) category
⇒ Select the Ciudad o pueblo (City or Town) category
⇒ Select the Parroquia (Parrish) category
⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años (Record Type and Years) category 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.

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.

For 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.

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, Zulia items or FHL Keyword Venezuela, Zulia 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.

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


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, Zulia, Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Catholic Church Records, 1930-2012.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Arquidiócesis de Maracaibo, Zulio [Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Zulio].

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.