Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Panama
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Record Description
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?

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

Collection Content

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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.

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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.

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.
  • 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

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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:

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