Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 .
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|Location of Panama|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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
To Browse this Collection
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What Can these Records Tell Me?
The following information is usually found in these records:
|Birth or confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Name and gender of child||Names of the bride and groom||Date and place of death or burial|
|Date and place of baptism or confirmation||Date and place of marriage||Deceased’s name|
|Child’s birth date||Groom’s age, civil status and origin||Age and civil status of deceased|
|Parents’ names||Names of groom’s parents||Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married|
|Names of godparents||Bride’s age, civil status and origin||Sometimes, the names of parents|
|Before 1820, social class of the parents||Names of bride’s parents||Place of residence or origin of the deceased person|
|Sometimes the person’s race||Sometimes, the legitimacy of the betrothed||Sometimes, the race of the deceased|
|Sometimes, the race of the betrothed|
|Names of witnesses|
|Name of officiant at wedding|
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.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
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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.
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For Help Reading These Records
For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
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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.
|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.|
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.
- 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. Transcription errors could also occur in any handwritten record. And 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
- 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.
- 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.
- If you get stuck and can’t read a document or you’re not sure where to go next in your research, you can ask for help through Hispanic Genealogy Research community on Facebook is a page sponsored by FamilySearch and here you may also post a question or upload an image of a document for further assistance. The Hispanic Genealogy Research page is designed especially for those who have Hispanic ancestry but may not be fluent in Spanish. Be sure to click like on the page on your first visit so you can receive information and updates from the page in your news feed.
Known Issues with This Collection
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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.
- "Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registros de la Iglesia Catolica, Panama (Catholic Church parishes, Panama).
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