Guatemala Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Guatemala, Baptisms, 1730-1917 .
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|Location of Guatemala|
|Record Type:||Baptism Record|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
- 7 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
This index is an electronic index for the years 1730 to 1917.
This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
What Can these Records Tell Me?
"Baptism or Chirstening Records" usually have the following information:
- Christening Date
- Christening Place
- Birth Date
- Father's Name
- Mother's Name
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|Locality||Baptisms, 1730-1917||Marriages, 1750-1930||Deaths, 1760-1880|
How Do I Search the Collection?
Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor's given name and surname
- Identifying information such as residence
- Estimated marriage or birth year
- Family relationships
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate other church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking for, What Now?
- If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
- Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
- There may be more than one person with the same name.
- You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
- Even though this is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
- A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.
- Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Guatemala, Baptisms, 1730-1917." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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