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== History ==
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[Description of the state]
 
 
 
== General Information ==
 
  
 
Geographically this state is limited on the north by Táchira, Barinas and Guárico states; to the west it limits with Colombia; and to the south-east with Bolivar state.  
 
Geographically this state is limited on the north by Táchira, Barinas and Guárico states; to the west it limits with Colombia; and to the south-east with Bolivar state.  
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<br>Apure, the capital of the state, was founded on February 28, 1788, by Capitán de Infantería de los Reales Ejércitos Fernando Mijares Gonzáles, a military commander and politican from Barinas. The name of the state was designated in 1864, to honor the Apure river, which is the main affluente of the Orinoco river. <br><br>  
 
<br>Apure, the capital of the state, was founded on February 28, 1788, by Capitán de Infantería de los Reales Ejércitos Fernando Mijares Gonzáles, a military commander and politican from Barinas. The name of the state was designated in 1864, to honor the Apure river, which is the main affluente of the Orinoco river. <br><br>  
  
== Si usted entiende español ==
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''[[South America]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Venezuela Genealogy|Venezuela]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Apure<br>
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{{Venezuela-sidebar}}
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Guide to '''Apure 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 Apure 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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<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.
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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===
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For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:
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*'''1873-2003''' - {{RecordSearch|1823609|Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003}} — at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records],  free, '''index''', not complete for all localities. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60207 '''Ancestry.com'''], which can be searched for free at [[Family History Centers|'''Family History Centers''']]. Frequently, the Ancestry search engine is more powerful.
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*'''1873-2003''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=M8JY-5NL%3A159737301%3Fcc%3D1823609 Venezuela, Apure, Civil Registration, 1873-2003] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — free, '''browseable images only''', not complete for all localities.
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:'''"Nascimientos"''' are births. '''"Matrimonios"''' are marriages. ''' "Defunciones"''' are deaths.
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=== 2. 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:
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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%20Apure%22 '''records for Venezuela, Apure'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Apure"''' 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. 
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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.
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=== 3. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
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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.'''''
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<br>
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Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper office. For a list of some of the registry office addresses, see [[Apure Civil Registry Addresses]]. For towns not listed there, 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), Apure'''
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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<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:'''
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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
 +
*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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== 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-5M9%3A376111101%3Fcc%3D1951777 Apure, 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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'''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.
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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:
  
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Apure Apure] en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí. https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Apure<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%20Apure%22 '''records for Venezuela, Apure'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Apure"''' 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 '''"Church Records"''' 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.  
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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>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.
  
== Research Tools  ==
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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.'''''
  
*[[Parishes of Venezuela]]
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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>
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Venezuela.pdf BYU Research Outline for Venezuela]
 
*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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:'''Reverendo Padre'''
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:'''Parroquia de (name of parish) '''
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:'''(parish), Apure'''
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']
  
*[[Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Send the following when requesting information:'''<br>
*[[Venezuela, Merida Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Venezuela Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
== Featured Content  ==
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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>
  
''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. '''
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== Did you know?  ==
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==Reading the Records==
  
*Venezuela is officially called: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  
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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'''].
*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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*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
  
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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:*[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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*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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*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>
*[[Create an internal link|Add internal links to articles]]
 
*Other...
 
  
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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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*[[Apure Church History|Church History]]
 
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*[[Apure Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Apure Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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*[[Apure History|History]]
 
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*[[Apure Public Records|Public Records]]
 
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Latest revision as of 23:31, 21 June 2017

Venezuela ► Apure

History

Geographically this state is limited on the north by Táchira, Barinas and Guárico states; to the west it limits with Colombia; and to the south-east with Bolivar state.


During the colonial period it was part of the province of Mérida del Espíritu Santo de la Grita. When Maracaibo was annexed, it was called Provincia de Maracaibo. In 1856 it was elevated to a province and in 1864 it was given the status of state.


It became an independent state when the venezuelan territory was organized under the United States of Venezuela (Estados Unidos de Venezuela). In 1881 it was part of Bolívar state together with Guayana, however in 1899 it recovered its status of independent state.


Apure, the capital of the state, was founded on February 28, 1788, by Capitán de Infantería de los Reales Ejércitos Fernando Mijares Gonzáles, a military commander and politican from Barinas. The name of the state was designated in 1864, to honor the Apure river, which is the main affluente of the Orinoco river.

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Guide to Apure ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Most of your genealogical research for Apure 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. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration

For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:

"Nascimientos" are births. "Matrimonios" are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.

2. 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, Apure.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Apure" 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.
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.

3. 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.

Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper office. For a list of some of the registry office addresses, see Apure Civil Registry Addresses. For towns not listed there, use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:

Oficino del Registro Civil
(street name, number)
(city or town), Apure
(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.

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, Apure.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Apure" 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.
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), Apure
(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 selected. 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.