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| title = Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973
 
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== Title in the Language of the Records ==
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'''Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá.'''
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| title_language = Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Panama.pdf Research Guide and Locality Analysis for Panama]
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
 
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This is a collection of Catholic Church records (such as baptism, marriage, death, and burial records) from Panama. It includes the years from 1707 to 1973.  
This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707-1973.  
 
  
 
Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.  
 
Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.  
  
Catholic Church records begun to be recorded with the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century; towns were colonized and evangelized at the same time, beginning in 1513. When the records in this collection were created, Panama already had created the first cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral, now Santa Maria la Antigua. The first diocese of Panama was a suffrage of the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain, until 1548, then became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, until 1835, when it became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe of Bogota, Colombia, and in 1901 suffrage of the Archdiocese of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Finally, in 1925 the Diocese of Panama was elevated to Archdiocese. All records created in church parishes were kept by priest and a copy sent to the diocese and later to the archdiocese.
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=== Reading These Records ===
 
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; also see the section [[Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.
By order of the Queen of Spain, authorized priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed at the parish level, such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in order to record important events in the life of their parishioners.
 
 
 
Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Panama prior to 1914, when the civil registration was created. Catholic Church parish records after 1914 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.
 
 
 
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/1913397/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. Copies of originals are housed in different Catholic diocesan and parish archives throughout Panama.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Catholic Church Archives in Panama. Catholic Church Records. Archdiocese of Panama, Panama City, Panama. <!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
 
[[Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
== Record Content  ==
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, birth.jpg|thumb|right]]
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{{Collection Browse Link
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==What Can these Records Tell Me?==
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'''Baptism or confirmation records''' usually contain the following information:
 
*Name and gender of child  
 
*Name and gender of child  
*Date and place of baptism  
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*Date and place of baptism or confirmation
 
*Child's birth date  
 
*Child's birth date  
 
*Names of the parents  
 
*Names of the parents  
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*Sometimes the person’s race
 
*Sometimes the person’s race
  
'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
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*Name of officiant at wedding
 
*Name of officiant at wedding
  
'''These burial/death records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, death.JPG|thumb|right]]
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'''Death or burial records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date and place of death or burial  
 
*Date and place of death or burial  
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*Sometimes, the race of the deceased
 
*Sometimes, the race of the deceased
  
== How to Use Church Records ==
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== Collection Content ==
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===Sample Images===
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<gallery>
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Image:Panama, CCR, birth.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image:Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:Panama, CCR, death.JPG|Death Record   
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</gallery>
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre del provincia" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de la parroquia" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category<br>⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images<br>
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==How Do I Search the Collection?==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
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*Your ancestor's given name and surname
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*Identifying information such as residence
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*Estimated marriage or birth year
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*Family relationships
  
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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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913397 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.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1913397/waypoints Browse Page]. <br>
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# Select '''Province'''
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# Select '''City or Town'''
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# Select '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images.
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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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>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1913397 Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*[http://www.arquidiocesisdepanama.org/ Arquidiócesis de Panamá]
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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
*[http://www.surysur.net/?q=node/14257 SurySur - El ejemplo panameño&nbsp;: la iglesia católica y la evangelización en América]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:
  
*[[Panama|Panama]]  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
*[[Panama Church History]]
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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]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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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.
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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{{Tip|Often additional  information can be found in the margins of original records.  For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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=== I Can’t Find The Person I’m 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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*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.
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*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.
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*There may be more than one person with the same name.
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*You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
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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.
 +
*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><br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should 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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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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==Citing this Collection==
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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.  
  
“Panama, Archidocese of Panama,Church Records,” images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed&nbsp;7 June 2012), Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 &gt; Bocas del Toro &gt; Bocas del Toro &gt; Nuestra Señora del Carmen &gt; Matrimonios 1883-1932 &gt; Image 100 of 530 images, Domingo Alvarez Castro and Sarah Davis, 1863; citing la Parroquia de Bocas del Toro.Matrimonios, Bocas del Toro.
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registros de la Iglesia Catolica, Panama (Catholic Church parishes, Panama).}}<br>
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'''Record citation''':<br> {{Record Citation Link
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1707-1973
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá
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What is in the Collection?

This is a collection of Catholic Church records (such as baptism, marriage, death, and burial records) from Panama. It includes the years from 1707 to 1973.

Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; 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 Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Baptism or confirmation records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of baptism or confirmation
  • Child's birth date
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents
  • Sometimes the person’s race

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's age, civil status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Sometimes, the legitimacy of betrothed
  • Sometimes, the race of the betrothed
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Name of officiant at wedding

Death or burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death or burial
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Age and civil status of deceased
  • Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married
  • Sometimes, the names of parents
  • Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
  • Sometimes, the race of the deceased

Collection Content

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
  • Family relationships

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 Province
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered. }}

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.  

Collection citation:

"Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registros de la Iglesia Catolica, Panama (Catholic Church parishes, Panama).


Record citation:

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 Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.


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 Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.