Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Nicaragua

Record Description

This collection of baptisms, marriages, and burials was created by authorized parish priests in the years 1740-1960. Most of the inhabitants of Nicaragua were Roman Catholics, therefore these records may cover about 95% to 100% of the population from the 16th to the 20th century.

It is common to see the sacramental ordinances of baptism, marriage, and burial in separate registers, however in smaller towns these records may all be recorded in one yearly book. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries. All records were handwritten in Spanish.

The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1879.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the " Browse

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Historico de la Arquidiocesis de Managua.

Record Content

These baptismal records usually contain the following information:

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  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Names of godparents
  • Sometimes, names of grandparents

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

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  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom
  • Groom's age and civil status
  • Groom's place of baptism
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name of bride
  • Bride's age and civil status
  • Bride's place of baptism
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

These death records usually contain the following information:

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  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age and civil status of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Sometimes, name of the spouse, if married
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial

How to Use the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Departamento" category
⇒ Select the "Ciudad o pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Parroquia" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Nicaragua, Diocese of Mangua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960," images, FamilySearch ( accessed 21 March 2012), bautisimos 1943-1944 > Managua > Arquidiocesis de Managua > image 100 of 1041 > entry for Luis Alberto Navoris, baptized 9 May 1941, Nicaragua, Catholic Church parishes. Church records, 1740-1960. Managua Archdiocese Archive (Curia Arquidiocesana), Managua, Nicaragua.