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''[[Central America]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]''''' [[Guatemala Genealogy|Guatemala]]'''{{Guatemala-sidebar}}Guide to '''Guatemala ancestry, family history, and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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== Getting started with Guatemala research  ==
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==Country Information==
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Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]], [[Belize Genealogy|Belize]], [[Honduras Genealogy|Honduras]], and [[El Salvador Genealogy|El Salvador]]. It was formerly a colony of [[Spain Genealogy|Spain]]. The official language is Spanish.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Guatemala," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala, accessed 29 April 2016.</ref>
  
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== Si usted entiende español  ==
 
 
 
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de Guatemala en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí. Véase el enlace en la parte inferior de la página.
 
 
 
== Guatemala General History  ==
 
 
 
The following is taken from a book “Guatemala the Land of the Quetzal” by William T. Brigham. A facsimile reproduction of the 1887 Edition. Unitversity of Florida Press, Gainesville, 1965. Library of Congress catalog Card No. 65-14894 pages 265-268, 271, 281, and 283"<br>
 
<blockquote>"Immediately prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, there were 19 tribes or families identified as follows: Mam; Ixil; Aguacateca; Uspanteca; Poconchi; Quekchi; Chol; Mopan; Quiche; Tzutohil; Cakchiquel; Pipil; Sinca; Pupuluca; Pokomam; Chorti; Alaguilac; Maya and Carib. In 1523, Cortez commanded Pedro de Alvarado to leave the City of Mexico at the head of 300 infantry, 4 cannon, 200 Tlaxcaltecas and 100 Mexicans to conquer Guatemala. Alvarado destroyed wave after wave of resistance with a great slaughter. The Spaniards loss was only a few men and horses. A decisive battle was fought on a plain between Quezaltenango and Totonicapan. Alvarado writes to Cortez that it was composed of twelve thousand men from Utatlan and countless numbers from the neighboring towns. Those not killed were taken prisoner and branded on the cheek and thigh and sold as slaves at public auctions with 1/5 of their price belonging to the King of Spain. By 1524 the last legitimate sovereigns of the native Guatemalan rulers surrendered and were executed. For almost three hundred years (1524 – 1821) Spain governed Central America. Every act of oppression that could be exercised upon the Indios was invented by the foreign rulers and the native population was greatly reduced by mismanagement. On 15 September 1821, Gavino Gainza, a representative of Spain, sympathetic to the locals, joined local rebels to declare independence from Spain.” <br></blockquote>
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
 
 
The largest jurisdictions in Guatemala are called 'Departments'. These are analogous to States or Provinces in other countries.
 
 
 
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*[[Alta Verapaz, Guatemala|Alta Verapaz]]  
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<h3>Getting Started with Guatemala Research</h3>
*Chimaltenango
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Links to articles on getting started with Guatemala research.
*Chiquimula
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*[[Guatemala Getting Started|Getting Started]]  
*[[Esquintla, Guatemala|Esquintla]]  
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*[[Guatemala Quick Start Guide]]
*[[Guatemala, Guatemala|Guatemala Department]]<br>(includes Guatemala City)
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*[[Guatemala Locating Place of Origin|Locating Place of Origin]]
*Huehuetenango
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*[[Guatemala Finding Records|Finding Records]]  
*Izabal
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*[[Guatemala Resources|Guatemala Resources]]  
*Jalapa
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*[[Improve your Search Results for Hispanic Ancestors in FamilySearch.org|Improve your Search Results]]
*Jutiapa
 
*Peten
 
  
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*[[Quetzaltenango, Guatemala|Quetzaltenango]]
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<h3>Guatemala Research Tools</h3>
*[[Quiche, Guatemala|Quiche]]
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Guatemala research.
*Retalhuleu
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Guatemala.pdf BYU Research Outline for Guatemala]  
*Sacatequerez
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*[[Guatemala Websites|Websites]]  
*San Marcos
 
*Santa Rosa
 
*Solola
 
*[[Suchitepequez, Guatemala|Suchitepequez]]  
 
*Totonicapan
 
*Zacapa
 
 
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{{Click|Image:GuatemalaOGR.png|Guatemala Online Genealogy Records}} [[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook]]
  
*[[Parishes of Guatemala]]
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==Guatemala Map==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Guatemala. Click on a department in the map for instructions and links to records for the department. By hovering over the number, you can verify the name of the department.
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[Guatemala Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Guatemala Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Central America, Colonial Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Guatemala Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Guatemala Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Guatemala, Guatemala City, 1877 General Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
== Research Tools  ==
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*[[Guatemala Websites|Websites]]
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==Jurisdictions==
*Research Guide:&nbsp;[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Guatemala.pdf BYU Research Outline for Guatemala]
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Guatemala.  Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927125 records collections for Guatemala] available on FamilySearch.org
 
  
== Did you know?  ==
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The largest jurisdictions in Guatemala are called 'Departments' (''departamentos''). These are analogous to States or Provinces in other countries. There are 22 Departments of Guatemala.<br>
  
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*[[Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Alta Verapaz''']]
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*[[Baja Verapaz Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Baja Verapaz''']]
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*[[Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Chimaltenango''']]
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*[[Chiquimula Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Chiquimula''']]
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*[[El Progreso Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''El Progreso''']]
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*[[Esquintla Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Escuintla''']]
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*[[Guatemala Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Guatemala''']] (includes Guatemala City)
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*[[Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Huehuetenango''']]
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*[[Izabal Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Izabal''']]
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*[[Jalapa Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Jalapa''']]
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*[[Jutiapa Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Jutiapa''']]
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*[[Petén Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Petén''']]
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*[[Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Quetzaltenango''']]
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*[[Quiché Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Quiché''']]
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*[[Retalhuleu Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Retalhuleu''']]
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*[[Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Sacatepéquez''']]
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*[[San Marcos Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''San Marcos''']]
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*[[Santa Rosa Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Santa Rosa''']]
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*[[Sololá Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Sololá''']]
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*[[Suchitepéquez Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Suchitepéquez''']]
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*[[Totonicapán Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Totonicapán''']]
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*[[Zacapa Department, Guatemala Genealogy|'''Zacapa''']]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927125?region=Guatemala Historical Records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=Guatemala Family History Center locator map]
  
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Guide to Guatemala ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official language is Spanish.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Guatemala Research

Links to articles on getting started with Guatemala research.

Guatemala Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Guatemala research.


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Guatemala Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Guatemala. Click on a department in the map for instructions and links to records for the department. By hovering over the number, you can verify the name of the department.


Petén Department, Guatemala GenealogyPetén Department, Guatemala GenealogyHuehuetenango Department, Guatemala GenealogyQuiche Department, Guatemala GenealogyAlta Verapaz Department, Guatemala GenealogyBaja Verapaz Department, Guatemala GenealogySan Marcos Department, Guatemala GenealogyQuetzaltenango Department, Guatemala GenealogyTotonicapán Department, Guatemala GenealogySololá Department, Guatemala GenealogyRetalhuleu Department, Guatemala GenealogySuchitepéquez Department, Guatemala GenealogyChimaltenango Department, Guatemala GenealogySacatepéquez Department, Guatemala GenealogyGuatemala Department, Guatemala GenealogyEscuintla Department, Guatemala GenealogySanta Rosa Department, Guatemala GenealogyJutiapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyJalapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyChiquimula Department, Guatemala GenealogyEl Progreso Department, Guatemala GenealogyZacapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyIzabal Department, Guatemala GenealogyHuehuetenango Department, Guatemala GenealogyQuiche Department, Guatemala GenealogyAlta Verapaz Department, Guatemala GenealogyBaja Verapaz Department, Guatemala GenealogySan Marcos Department, Guatemala GenealogyQuetzaltenango Department, Guatemala GenealogyTotonicapán Department, Guatemala GenealogySololá Department, Guatemala GenealogyRetalhuleu Department, Guatemala GenealogySuchitepéquez Department, Guatemala GenealogyChimaltenango Department, Guatemala GenealogySacatepéquez Department, Guatemala GenealogyGuatemala Department, Guatemala GenealogyEscuintla Department, Guatemala GenealogySanta Rosa Department, Guatemala GenealogyJutiapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyJalapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyChiquimula Department, Guatemala GenealogyEl Progreso Department, Guatemala GenealogyZacapa Department, Guatemala GenealogyIzabal Department, Guatemala GenealogyDepartments-of-Guatemala.jpg



Jurisdictions

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Guatemala. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

The largest jurisdictions in Guatemala are called 'Departments' (departamentos). These are analogous to States or Provinces in other countries. There are 22 Departments of Guatemala.

Departments

Parishes

Parishes in Guatemala

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.


References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Guatemala," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala, accessed 29 April 2016.