Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Location of Venezuela
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1577-1995
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Venezuela
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What is in the Collection?

This collection of church records covers the years 1577 to 1995 and includes parishes in several dioceses and archdioceses of Venezuela. This collection of baptisms, marriages, and burials were created, registered, and kept in separate registers by the priest in authority of the parish jurisdiction. Regularly two registers were created, the original was kept at the parish archive and a duplicate copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

The entries were normally created in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms book. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries.

The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1873. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired from the diocesan archives. Other archdiocesan registers have been published separately from this collection (See "Related Wiki Articles").

Reading These Records

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

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal and Confirmation records Marriage records Death records
Name, age, and gender Names and ages of groom and bride Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
Birth date and place Date and place of marriage Date and place of death
Date and place of baptism Birthplaces of groom and bride Marital status/name of spouse
Date and place of confirmation Names of groom’s parents Birthplace
Names of parents Names of bride’s parents Names of parents
Names of godparents Who performed the marriages
Names of witnesses Names of witnesses


Collection Contents

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.

How do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select State
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading these Records

For help reading these Spanish records see the following guides:

What Do I Do Next?

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

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.

I Can't Find Who I'm 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.
  • 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)
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations

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, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, 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, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995.

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, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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