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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
Registro Civil del Departamento de Managua, Nicaragua  
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The civil registration in Nicaragua was created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events.  These records would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population.  Civil registration is mandatory in Nicaragua; therefore most of the population has been registered. 
  
== Record Description  ==
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Before the government instituted civil registration in Nicaragua, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths events of the population. The first civil registration law was created on January 30, 1879.
  
These civil records include birth, marriages, and death from the Department of Managua, Nicaragua. The text of the records is in Spanish.  
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As a civil registration office was established in each city, town, and villa of the country, the mayor was assigned as the responsible party for the registration within his jurisdiction. He could name a custodian officer, who would be responsible in creating separate registers of births, marriages, deaths, and reasons for the civil status only within their jurisdiction.  
  
Before the government instituted civil registration in Nicaragua, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths events of the population. The first civil registration law was created on January 30, 1879 with the name of “Reglamento para el Registro del Estado Civil de las Personas” (Regulation for the Registration of the Civil Status of the People), which stated the general procedures of the institution. A civil registration office was established in each city, town, and villa of the country. The Mayor was assigned as the responsible party for the civil registration within his jurisdiction. He could name a custodian officer, who would be responsible in creating separate registers of births, marriages, deaths, and reasons for the civil status only within their jurisdiction. In 1899, this law was modified to include other civil registration events such as: the recognition of illegitimate children, emancipation and age majority declarations, divorces, annulments, absentee declarations, and others. The registers of the Catholic Church created before this law were transferred to the municipality for control.&nbsp;
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In 1899, this law was changed to include other civil registration events such as: the recognition of illegitimate children, emancipation and age majority declarations, divorces, annulments, absentee declarations, and others. The registers of the Catholic Church created before this law were transferred to the municipality for control.  
  
These civil records of the Department of Managua have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are still in good condition to extract genealogical information.&nbsp;
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These civil records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are still in good condition to extract genealogical information.  
  
Civil registration is mandatory in Nicaragua; therefore most of the population has been registered. This collection only includes the civil registration records of the Department of Managua, which includes the municipalities (municipios) of San Francisco Libre, Ciudad Sandino, El Crucero, Tipitapa, Managua, San Rafael del Sur, Villa Carlos Fonseca, Mateare, and Ticuantepe.&nbsp;
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=== Reading These Records === 
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1601210/waypoints Browse].
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These records are written in Spanish. Here is a link to a  [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish Genealogical Word List]]; also see the section [[Nicaragua Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
This collection of civil records from Managua, Nicaragua, includes the years 1879 to 1994.
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{{Collection Browse Link
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The civil registration in Nicaragua was created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events, which would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population.
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information is usually found in these records:
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Birth records'''
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Marriage records'''
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Death records'''
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| Date and place of birth
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| Date and place of marriage
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|Name of deceased
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| Child’s name and gender
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| Groom’s name, age and origin
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|Date, place and time of death
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| Legitimacy
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| Groom’s occupation and residence
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|Cause of death
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| Parents’ names
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| Bride’s name, age and origin
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|Legitimacy of deceased
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| Parents’ age, race, status and residence
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| Bride’s occupation and residence
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| Civil status and occupation of deceased
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| Occupation of father and mother
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| Names of witnesses
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|Name of spouse, if married
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|Names of witnesses
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|Parents’ names
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|Parents’ civil status and residence
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|Names of witnesses
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|Sometimes, burial information
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The civil registration records are the most reliable source for doing genealogical research in Nicaragua.
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== Collection Contents ==
 
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===Sample Images===
== Record Content  ==
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<gallery>
 
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Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Birth.jpg|Birth Record
'''Baptismal records usually contain the following information:<br>''' <gallery>
 
Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Birth.jpg|Birth Record
 
</gallery>
 
 
 
*Date and place of registration
 
*Name of declarant
 
*Date and place of birth
 
*Child's name and gender
 
*Legitimacy
 
*Parents names
 
*Parents age, race, status and residence
 
*Occupation of father and mother
 
*Names of witnesses
 
 
 
'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:<br>''' <gallery>
 
 
Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record   
 
Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record   
</gallery>
 
 
*Date and place of registration
 
*Date and place of marriage
 
*Groom's name, origin and occupation
 
*Bride's name, age and residence
 
*Bride's origin and occupation
 
*Names of witnesses
 
 
'''Death records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
 
 
Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Death.jpg|Death Record   
 
Image:Nicaragua Managua Civil Registration Death.jpg|Death Record   
 
</gallery>  
 
</gallery>  
  
*Date and place of registration
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
*Name of declarant of death
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
*Name of deceased
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*Your ancestor's given name and surname
*Date, place and time of death
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*Identifying information such as residence
*Cause of death
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*Estimated marriage or birth year
*Legitimacy of deceased
 
*Civil status and occupation of deceased
 
*Name of spouse, if married
 
*Parents' names
 
*Parents' civil status and residence  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Sometimes, burial information
 
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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=== Search The Index ===
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1601210 Collection Page]. <br>
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#Fill in the search boxes on the '''Collection Page''' with the information you have.<br>
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches.
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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=== View The Images ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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View images in this collection by visiting the  
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1601210/waypoints Browse Page]. <br>
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# Select '''Department'''
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# Select '''City or Municipality'''
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# Select '''Parish or district'''
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#Select  '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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=== For Help Reading These Records ===
  
To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Department" category<br>⇒ Select the "City or Municipality" category<br>⇒ Select the "Parish or district" category<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial]
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*FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
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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]
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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]
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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]
  
The civil registration records in Nicaragua are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1879. Before this year, it is suggested to research in the Catholic Church parish records.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1601210 Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.<br><br>
  
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/documentos-esenciales-para-buscar-a-sus-antepasados/587 Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados] - Spanish
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/421 Registros Civiles y Parroquiales] – Spanish
  
[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate other church and land records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*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.
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*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.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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=== I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
  
[http://www.cyndislist.com/centralsouthamerica.htm Cyndi's List - Central South America]  
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*New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated.  Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. 
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*Church 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.
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*There may be more than one person with the same name.
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*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.
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*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.
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*Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.<br>
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*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. Click here for a list of [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/Handwriting/Spanish/Lesson2/SpanishNameAbbreviations.pdf Spanish name abbreviations]
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
[[Nicaragua]]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Departamento de Managua [Managua Department Civil Registration Archives], Managua.}}<br><br>
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1601210/waypoints Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2011]
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2011." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registro Civil. Archivo del Registro Civil, Managua.}}
 

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Location of Nicaragua
Record Description
Record Type: Civil Records
Collection years: 1809-2013
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil, Nicaragua
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Archivo Del Registro del Estado Civil De las Personas de Managua, Nicaragua


What is in the Collection?

The civil registration in Nicaragua was created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events. These records would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population. Civil registration is mandatory in Nicaragua; therefore most of the population has been registered.

Before the government instituted civil registration in Nicaragua, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths events of the population. The first civil registration law was created on January 30, 1879.

As a civil registration office was established in each city, town, and villa of the country, the mayor was assigned as the responsible party for the registration within his jurisdiction. He could name a custodian officer, who would be responsible in creating separate registers of births, marriages, deaths, and reasons for the civil status only within their jurisdiction.

In 1899, this law was changed to include other civil registration events such as: the recognition of illegitimate children, emancipation and age majority declarations, divorces, annulments, absentee declarations, and others. The registers of the Catholic Church created before this law were transferred to the municipality for control.

These civil records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are still in good condition to extract genealogical information.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish. Here is a link to a Spanish Genealogical Word List; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of birth Date and place of marriage Name of deceased
Child’s name and gender Groom’s name, age and origin Date, place and time of death
Legitimacy Groom’s occupation and residence Cause of death
Parents’ names Bride’s name, age and origin Legitimacy of deceased
Parents’ age, race, status and residence Bride’s occupation and residence Civil status and occupation of deceased
Occupation of father and mother Names of witnesses Name of spouse, if married
Names of witnesses Parents’ names
Parents’ civil status and residence
Names of witnesses
Sometimes, burial information

Collection Contents

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. 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

Search The Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Department
  2. Select City or Municipality
  3. Select Parish or district
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

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?

To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
  • 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?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added.
  • Church 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Departamento de Managua [Managua Department Civil Registration Archives], Managua.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.


Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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