Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1873-2003
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de Venezuela
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Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil de Venezuela

What is in the Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1873 to 2003.

This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten, also in Spanish, in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record. These records are written in Spanish.

Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government was began creating the civil registration of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Collection Content

Venezuela Civil Registration

Most birth records include the following:

  • Name of civil authority of local municipality
  • Date and place of registration
  • Presenter of child (usually the father)
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date, time and place of birth
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
  • Occupation of father
  • Names of witnesses

Most death records include the following:

  • Date and place of registration
  • Name of local civil authority
  • Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Sometimes, cause of death is given
  • Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married
  • Sometimes, parents’ names if deceased was a minor
  • Burial information

Most marriage records include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of local civil authority
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's legitimacy
  • Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin
  • Groom's religion
  • Names of the groom’s parents
  • Parents' age, occupation and residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
  • Bride's religion
  • Names of the bride’s parents
  • Parents' age, occupation and residence
  • Names of witnesses, their age, occupation and residence

How do I Search the Collection?

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

Spanish Genealogical Word List

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 with the browse, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "State"
⇒Select the "City or Municipality"
⇒Select the "Parish or District"
⇒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 which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place Venezuela items or FHL Keyword Venezuela 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The first name of the person
  • The approximate event date
  • The event place

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Looking in the same collection, you may be able to identify other members of the family.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • 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 you want to find more information about the family, the pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple’s birth records and parents’ names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use occupations to look for other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents’ birthplaces to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to the family’s religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.

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

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner, if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing "Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation)". Ministerío del Poder Popular para la Cultura, Caracas. (Ministry of Popular Power for Culture, Caracas.)Registro principal caracas, Venezuela (state primary record 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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

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