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Guide to '''Amazonas ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. 
  
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Amazonas will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
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==Knowing Your Locality==
[Description of the state]
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*You will need to know the '''town where your family lived''' and district and province.  [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/VE/ '''Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Venezuela'''] will explain for each town and city its geographical jurisdictions.
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*For extremely small locations, you may need to use [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009863158 '''Nomenclador de centros poblados, total nacional: XII censo general de población y vivienda'''].<br>
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*Google Maps and Wikipedia might also help.
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==Civil Registration==
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*Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships. <br>
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*Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1873.
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*'''"Nascimientos"''' are births. '''"Matrimonios"''' are marriages. ''' "Defunciones"''' are deaths.
  
== Si usted entiende español  ==
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=== 1. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
  
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Amazonas Amazonas] en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Amazonas<br>  
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=215269&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Venezuela%2C%20Amazonas%22 '''records for Venezuela, Amazonas'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Amazonas"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.  '''"Nascimientos"''' are births. '''"Matrimonios"''' are marriages. ''' "Defunciones"''' are deaths.
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:::f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.  
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:::[[File:FHL icons.png|100px]] <br>The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
  
== Research Tools  ==
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=== 2. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
  
*[[Parishes of Venezuela]]
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Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each municipality. You must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. A civil registration district may include several towns or a small section of a large city. In addition to the town, you need to know an approximate year in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.'''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Venezuela.pdf BYU Research Outline for Venezuela]
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*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927137 records collections for Venezuela] available on FamilySearch.org
 
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''  
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*One option is to write to the '''Amazonas state civil registry office''':<br>
  
*[[Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:::Registro Público <br>
*[[Venezuela, Merida Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:::Av. Amazonas, s/n.<br>
*[[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:::Puerto Ayacuho<br>
*[[Venezuela Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:::Venezuela<br>
  
== Featured Content  ==
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:::Telephone: (0248) 521.03.80/521.18.35
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''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''  
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*You can also write to the '''local (municipio) civil registry office'''. Write a brief request in Spanish to the office using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
  
== Did you know?  ==
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:::'''Oficino del Registro Civil''' <br>
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:::'''(street name, number)'''<br>
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:::'''(city or town), Amazonas'''<br>
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:::'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''<br>
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:::'''Venezuela'''<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']
  
*Venezuela is officially called: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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'''Send the following when requesting information:'''
*Venezuela is divided into 23 states and 1 capital district. Each state is further divided into more than 300 municipios . To learn more [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela#Subdivisions click here]. To find address and other contact information visit: http://www.gobiernoenlinea.ve/directorioestado/Registros Civiles de Venezuela Knowing about a country's political divisions will help in determining where records such as '''civil registration '''and '''census''' are located.
 
  
== Help Wanted  ==
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record <br>
  
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide] to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. '''
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== Church Records==
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*Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Ecuador prior to 1873, when the civil registration was implemented.
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*Parish registers include baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records.
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*All the records were registered and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. One register was generally kept at the parish archive and another copy sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.
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=== Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Peru. More recent Catholic parish records are kept at the local parish. The diocese keeps the records of parishes that no longer exist.  Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
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Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
*[[Amazonas Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
*[[Amazonas Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Amazonas Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']  
*[[Amazonas Census|Census]]
 
*[[Amazonas Church Directories|Church Directories]]
 
*[[Amazonas Church History|Church History]]
 
*[[Amazonas Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Amazonas Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Amazonas Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[Amazonas Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Amazonas Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Amazonas Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Amazonas Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
*[[Amazonas History|History]]
 
*[[Amazonas Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Amazonas Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[Amazonas Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Amazonas Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Amazonas Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Amazonas Native Races|Native Races]]
 
*[[Amazonas Newspapers|Newspapers]]  
 
*[[Amazonas Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Amazonas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Amazonas Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Amazonas Public Records|Public Records]]
 
*[[Amazonas Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
 
*[[Amazonas Societies|Societies]]
 
  
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record <br>
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide] to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. '''
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==Reading the Records==
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*You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use the [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|'''Spanish Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document.  Handwriting skills are taught in the [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
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*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 '''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1'''] — Spanish alphabet
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 '''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2'''] — Names, dates, and key genealogical words
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 '''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3'''] — Read Spanish records: birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
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==Search Strategy==
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*Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected to work on. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his '''brothers and sisters'''.
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*Next, search for the '''marriage of his parents.''' The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
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*You can '''estimate the ages''' of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
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*Search the death registers for all known family members.
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*Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
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=== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ===
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*Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found.  It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later. <br>
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*The Catholic Church continued keeping records after the creation of the civil registration in 1900. Therefore two types of records are available.  If you can find the needed record in the church records, you do not have to search both records. Someday, when both records are available online, then it would be wise to search both.<br>
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*Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun. <br>
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Guide to Amazonas ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Most of your genealogical research for Amazonas will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

Knowing Your Locality

Civil Registration

  • Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.
  • Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1873.
  • "Nascimientos" are births. "Matrimonios" are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.

1. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Venezuela, Amazonas.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Amazonas" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor. "Nascimientos" are births. "Matrimonios" are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.
f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
FHL icons.png
The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.

2. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates

Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each municipality. You must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. A civil registration district may include several towns or a small section of a large city. In addition to the town, you need to know an approximate year in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

  • One option is to write to the Amazonas state civil registry office:
Registro Público
Av. Amazonas, s/n.
Puerto Ayacuho
Venezuela
Telephone: (0248) 521.03.80/521.18.35


  • You can also write to the local (municipio) civil registry office. Write a brief request in Spanish to the office using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:
Oficino del Registro Civil
(street name, number)
(city or town), Amazonas
(postal code)
Venezuela


Send the following when requesting information:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish.

Church Records

  • Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Ecuador prior to 1873, when the civil registration was implemented.
  • Parish registers include baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records.
  • All the records were registered and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. One register was generally kept at the parish archive and another copy sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records

Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Peru. More recent Catholic parish records are kept at the local parish. The diocese keeps the records of parishes that no longer exist. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Padre
Parroquia de (name of parish)
(parish), Amazonas
(postal code)
Venezuela


Send the following when requesting information:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish.

Reading the Records

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Search Strategy

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected to work on. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records

  • Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found. It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later.
  • The Catholic Church continued keeping records after the creation of the civil registration in 1900. Therefore two types of records are available. If you can find the needed record in the church records, you do not have to search both records. Someday, when both records are available online, then it would be wise to search both.
  • Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun.