Venezuela Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Venezuela, go to the Religious Records page.
Parish registers are the documents kept by the Catholic Church since the year 1654 and contain books for registering church events: christenings, confirmations, marriages and deaths.
Contents of Parish Registers
1550 to the present
Baptismal Registers: day, month, year, place (parish) where the baptism was performed, sex of the child, name(s); names and surnames of the parents and the godparents. Very rarely the names of grandparents are annotated or the place from where the ancestors originated.
Marriage Registers: name(s), surname(s), date of birth, place and date of marriage, residence, age of those nombre(s), age of the couple if it is a civil state, name(s) and surname(s) of the parents and sometimes of the grandparents.
Burial Registers: day and in which place the death occurred; name(s) and surname(s) of the deceased person, and the age and sex; name(s) and surname(s) of the parents and/or marital status (if the person is married or widowed); sometimes other types of information pertaining to the family or the character of the person.
Confirmation Registers: day and place of the event; name(s), surname(s) and age of the confirmed; name(s), surname(s) of the parents and/or godparent(s).
Location of the Registers
Local Parishes in Venezuela
Each parish contains its own archive.
In the Family History Library catalog, look under "Venezuela, [PARISH NAME] - Church records" for microfilmed copies of the parish registers.
Online Church Records
- 1577 - 1995 Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1654 - 2013 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013 at FamilySearch — index and images
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
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To assist you in locating your ancestors in Venezuela, we are preparing indexes of the Catholic church records in Mérida (1654-1992) Part 2, and Venezuela civil birth registrations (1873-1909.) This is an ongoing project which will be expanded to include more areas in Venezuela in the future.
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The project instructions for indexing Mérida Catholic Parish Records 1654-1992 Part 2, click here.
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