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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
'''Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá.'''
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This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707 to 1973.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707-1973.
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{{Collection Browse Link
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=== Records format ===
 
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.  
  
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=== History of the records ===
 
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.  
 
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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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.  
 
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] link from the collection landing page.  
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]].
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== How do I access the records online? ==
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You can access records in this collection primarily by using FamilySearch. All of the records have been digitized, and their images are browsable in FamilySearch.
  
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.
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=== Browse images ===
 
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{{Collection Browse Link
{{Collection citation | text= "Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}  
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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.  
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=== Search indexed records ===
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The data (without images) for many of the records has been partially indexed and is [[Panama Online Genealogy Records|searchable through FamilySearch, as well as our partner websites: Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com]]. FamilySearch records are free to search but you will need a paid subscription to search in our partner websites.
  
[[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.]]
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The Panama church records are also in the process of being indexed and arbitrated by volunteers. Most of the indexing has been completed, and the first indexed batch was released in December 2016. This batch covers primarily baptism records in several provinces of Panama and a few marriage records. In FamilySearch you can [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913397?collectionNameFilter=false search here solely for indexed records and their associated images]. When you search our partner websites, you will also be able to access these completely indexed records.
  
== Record Content  ==
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== Collection Content  ==
  
'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, birth.jpg|thumb|right]]
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'''Baptism or confirmation records''' usually contain the following information: <gallery>
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Image:Panama, CCR, birth.jpg|Baptism Record 
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</gallery>
  
 
*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: <gallery>
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Image:Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg|Marriage Record 
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</gallery>
  
 
*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: <gallery>
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Image:Panama, CCR, death.JPG|Death Record 
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</gallery>
  
 
*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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==How Do I Search the Collection?==
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'''Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913397 Collection Page]:'''
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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.
  
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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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1913397/waypoints Browse Page] ''' <br>⇒ Select the "Province" category<br>⇒ Select the "City or Town" category<br>⇒ Select the "Parish" category<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images<br>  
  
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 collection by image 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.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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'''When searching''':<br> As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
{{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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=== For Help Reading These Records ===
  
== Related Websites  ==
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
  
*[http://www.arquidiocesisdepanama.org/ Arquidiócesis de Panamá]  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
*[http://www.surysur.net/?q=node/14257 SurySur - El ejemplo panameño&nbsp;: la iglesia católica y la evangelización en América]
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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]
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.}}
  
*[[Panama|Panama]]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*[[Panama Church History]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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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== How You Can Contribute  ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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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==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.  
  
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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'''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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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Record citation''':<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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“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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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Panama
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Location of Panama
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1707-1973
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá
Related Websites


What is in the Collection?

This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707 to 1973.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.

Records format

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.

History of the records

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.

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.

These records are written in Spanish.

How do I access the records online?

You can access records in this collection primarily by using FamilySearch. All of the records have been digitized, and their images are browsable in FamilySearch.

Browse images

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.

Search indexed records

The data (without images) for many of the records has been partially indexed and is searchable through FamilySearch, as well as our partner websites: Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com. FamilySearch records are free to search but you will need a paid subscription to search in our partner websites.

The Panama church records are also in the process of being indexed and arbitrated by volunteers. Most of the indexing has been completed, and the first indexed batch was released in December 2016. This batch covers primarily baptism records in several provinces of Panama and a few marriage records. In FamilySearch you can search here solely for indexed records and their associated images. When you search our partner websites, you will also be able to access these completely indexed records.

Collection Content

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page: 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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the "Province" category
⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image 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.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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. }}

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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.


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.