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Guide to '''Anzoátegui ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. 
  
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== General Information ==
 
  
Anzoátegui, is located in the northeastern region of the country and its territory it’s limited the states of Monagas and Sucre to the east, Bolívar to the south and Guárico to the west and limits the north with the Caribbean Sea. With the name of the great hero of independence, Jose Antonio Anzoátegui (1789-1819), this state has his own history.  
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Anzoátegui, is located in the northeastern region of the country and its territory it’s limited the states of Monagas and Sucre to the east, Bolívar to the south and Guárico to the west and limits the north with the Caribbean Sea. With the name of the great hero of independence, Jose Antonio Anzoátegui (1789-1819), this state has his own history. <br>
  
<br>The capital is the city of Barcelona that was founded on 1677. It was founded on 1638 under the name of Nueva Barcelona del Cerro Santo, prevailing the name of Nueva Barcelona until beginnings of century XIX. At the end of the century XVII the present Anzoátegui state was built-in to the denominated Province of Cumaná, which by means of Real Certificate in 1777 conformed the Post of Capitania General of Venezuela along with the provinces of Guayana, Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita and Trinidad.  
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The capital is the city of Barcelona that was founded on 1677. It was founded on 1638 under the name of Nueva Barcelona del Cerro Santo, prevailing the name of Nueva Barcelona until beginnings of century XIX. At the end of the century XVII the present Anzoátegui state was built-in to the denominated Province of Cumaná, which by means of Real Certificate in 1777 conformed the Post of Capitania General of Venezuela along with the provinces of Guayana, Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita and Trinidad. <br>
  
<br>In 1810, a governmental meeting declares the separation of the cumanesa authority and conditionally accepts the government formed in Caracas. In the Constitution of 1864, the Barcelona state appears in quality of independent until the 1881 constitution, when the state of East conformed by the states Barcelona, Cumaná and Maturín is created; the Constitution of 1891 changes the name of the state to Bermúdez. Later, by agreement of the National Congress in 1899, the territorial division of 1881 is annulled and again arise the twenty states from the Venezuelan Federation. In 1909, the old Province of Barcelona aquires the political distribution of Anzoátegui state. <br><br>  
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In 1810, a governmental meeting declares the separation of the cumanesa authority and conditionally accepts the government formed in Caracas. In the Constitution of 1864, the Barcelona state appears in quality of independent until the 1881 constitution, when the state of East conformed by the states Barcelona, Cumaná and Maturín is created; the Constitution of 1891 changes the name of the state to Bermúdez. Later, by agreement of the National Congress in 1899, the territorial division of 1881 is annulled and again arise the twenty states from the Venezuelan Federation. In 1909, the old Province of Barcelona aquires the political distribution of Anzoátegui state. <br><br>  
  
== Si usted entiende español  ==
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Anzoátegui 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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Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Anzo%C3%A1tegui Anzoátegui] en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí.<br>  
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==Knowing Your Locality==
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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.
  
== Research Tools  ==
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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:
  
*[[Parishes of Venezuela]]
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=215245&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Venezuela%2C%20Anzo%C3%A1tegui%22 '''records for Venezuela, Anzoátegui'''].
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Venezuela.pdf BYU Research Outline for Venezuela]
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Anzoátegui"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927137 records collections for Venezuela] available on FamilySearch.org
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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. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''
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=== 2. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
  
*[[Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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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.'''''
*[[Venezuela, Merida Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*For a listing of addresses for several of the towns (municipios), see [[Anzoátegui Civil Registration|'''Anzoátegui Civil Registration''']].
*[[Venezuela Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*For towns not listed, use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
  
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:'''Oficino del Registro Civil'''
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:'''(street name, number)'''
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:'''(city or town), Anzoátegui'''
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.'''] <br>
  
''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''  
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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. Send the following when requesting information:'''
  
== Did you know?  ==
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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>
  
*Venezuela is officially called: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
 
*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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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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== 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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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
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*'''1577-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1951777|Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995}} — free, '''index''', not complete for all localities.
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*'''1577-1995''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=MQ6C-PTL%3A376110801%3Fcc%3D1951777 Anzoátegui, Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — free, '''browseable images only''', not complete for all localities. Records will eventually be indexed online.<br>
  
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=== 2.  Microfilm Copies of Church 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 try 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:
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=215245&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Venezuela%2C%20Anzo%C3%A1tegui%22 '''records for Venezuela, Anzoátegui'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Anzoátegui"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor. '''"Bautismos"''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''"Matrimonios"''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"''' are deaths.  '''"Índice"''' is the index.
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:::[[File:FHL icons.png|100px]] <br>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.  Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
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*[[Anzoátegui Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[Anzoátegui Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Census|Census]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Church Directories|Church Directories]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Church History|Church History]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui History|History]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Native Races|Native Races]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Public Records|Public Records]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[Anzoátegui Others and Miscellaneous|Others and Miscellaneous]]
 
  
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===3. 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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:'''Reverendo Padre'''
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:'''(parish), Anzoátegui'''
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']
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'''Send the following when requesting information:'''<br>
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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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<br>
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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 Anzoátegui ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

History

Anzoátegui, is located in the northeastern region of the country and its territory it’s limited the states of Monagas and Sucre to the east, Bolívar to the south and Guárico to the west and limits the north with the Caribbean Sea. With the name of the great hero of independence, Jose Antonio Anzoátegui (1789-1819), this state has his own history.

The capital is the city of Barcelona that was founded on 1677. It was founded on 1638 under the name of Nueva Barcelona del Cerro Santo, prevailing the name of Nueva Barcelona until beginnings of century XIX. At the end of the century XVII the present Anzoátegui state was built-in to the denominated Province of Cumaná, which by means of Real Certificate in 1777 conformed the Post of Capitania General of Venezuela along with the provinces of Guayana, Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita and Trinidad.

In 1810, a governmental meeting declares the separation of the cumanesa authority and conditionally accepts the government formed in Caracas. In the Constitution of 1864, the Barcelona state appears in quality of independent until the 1881 constitution, when the state of East conformed by the states Barcelona, Cumaná and Maturín is created; the Constitution of 1891 changes the name of the state to Bermúdez. Later, by agreement of the National Congress in 1899, the territorial division of 1881 is annulled and again arise the twenty states from the Venezuelan Federation. In 1909, the old Province of Barcelona aquires the political distribution of Anzoátegui state.

Most of your genealogical research for Anzoátegui 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.

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, Anzoátegui.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Anzoátegui" 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. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.

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.

  • For a listing of addresses for several of the towns (municipios), see Anzoátegui Civil Registration.
  • For towns not listed, use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:
Oficino del Registro Civil
(street name, number)
(city or town), Anzoátegui
(postal code)
Venezuela


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. 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



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.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records

For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

Bautismos are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. Información matrimonial are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. Matrimônios' are marriages. Defunciones are deaths. Entierros are burials'". Índice is the index.

2. Microfilm Copies of Church 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 try 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, Anzoátegui.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Anzoátegui" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor. "Bautismos" are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. "Matrimonios" are marriages. "Óbitos" are deaths. "Índice" is the index.
f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
FHL icons.png
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. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.

3. 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), Anzoátegui
(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.