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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.arquidiocesisdemerida.org.ve/ Arquidiócesis de Mérida]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dmara.html Archdiocese of Maracaibo]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com/ Hispanic Genealogy] Blog is written in English.
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.genealogiahispana.com/?language=en Blog de Genealogía Hispaña] Blog is written in Spanish.
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.genealogia-es.com/ Genealogía Española-España GenWeb] Website is in Spanish.
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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
'''Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica'''
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Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica  
 
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1654 to 2012.
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The parish records of the Archdiocese of Merida have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read; however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.  
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This collection will include records of baptism, marriage, and also death/burial, and other ordinances from 1654 to 2013 for the parishes under the Archdiocese of Merida.  
  
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place.&nbsp;Most of the earlier population was Roman Catholics; therefore parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).&nbsp;
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These parish records have been preserved relatively well. In general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage, therefore, some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read.  
  
The Family History Library collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the Archdiocese of Mérida, covers the years from 1654 to 1992.&nbsp;
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Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive. However, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place. Most of the earlier population were Roman Catholics, therefore, parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).  
  
Venezuelan Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, and also death, burial, and other ordinances.  
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]].; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for translation helps.  
  
 
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.  
 
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.  
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1417520/waypoints Browse].
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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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Venezuela, Archdiocese of Merida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012". Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Arquidiocesano de Mérida.}}  
 
  
<br>[[Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, 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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== Collection Content  ==
  
== Record Content  ==
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The information found in each record varies by year. Records were made by Catholic priests or their associates, recorded in Spanish, and mostly written on either lined paper or blank paper that contained pre-printed numbers.
  
'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic baptismal records include:'''
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===Sample Images===
 
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Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Baptism.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Burial.jpg|Death Record 
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'''Baptism records''' generally include the following information:
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
*Name and gender of baptized person
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*Name and gender  
*Person's date and place of birth  
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*Date and place of birth  
*If legitimate or illegitimate
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*Legitimacy
*Parents’ names and their residence  
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*Parents’ names and residence  
 
*Names of godparents
 
*Names of godparents
 
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<br>'''Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church marriage records include:'''  
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'''Marriage records''' may include the following:  
 
 
[[Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
 
 
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name and age  
 
*Groom's name and age  
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*Sometimes, the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) of each is given  
 
*Sometimes, the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) of each is given  
 
*Name of witnesses
 
*Name of witnesses
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'''Death/burial records''' usually include:
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*Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
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*Marital status/name of spouse
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*Birthplace
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*Names of parents
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*Burial date and place
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
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Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
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'''Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417520 Collection Page]:'''<br> 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.
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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/1417520/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br> 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 "State" <br> ⇒Select the "City or Town" <br> ⇒Select the "Parish" <br> ⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
  
<br>'''Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church death records include'''
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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, 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.
  
[[Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Burial.jpg|thumb|right]]
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== For Help Reading these Records  ==
  
*Name and age of deceased
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records see the following guides:
*Date and place of death
 
*Marital status of deceased
 
*Name of spouse, if married
 
*Names of parents
 
*Burial date and place
 
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
  
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 "Estado"<br>⇒Select the "Ciudad o pueblo"<br>⇒Select the "Parroquia"<br>⇒Select the "Tipo de registro y años" which takes you to the images.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
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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To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
  
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Venezuela. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1873.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/52 Lección 1: Elementos fundamentales para la historia familiar] - Fundamentals in Spanish
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/51 Lección 2: Registros Parroquiales] - Church Records in Spanish
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/50 Lección 3: Registro Civil] – Civil Records Spanish
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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
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, 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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In Latin America, two or three generations are often indicated in church registers, along with their birthplaces or residences. If, however, earlier generations are not listed with the relative or ancestor selected, try searching parishes located within a close proximity.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
*[http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/diocese/meri0.htm Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mérida]
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Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married 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.  
*[http://www.arquidiocesisdemerida.org.ve/ Arquidiócesis de Mérida]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.
  
*[[Mérida|Mérida]]<br>
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== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ==
*[[Venezuela]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. [[Venezuela Emigration and Immigration]]
  
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Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. [[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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. <br>  <br>
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
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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{{Collection citation | text= "Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Mérida, Venezuela.}}
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==How You Can Contribute  ==
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Contributor invite}}
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
"Venezuela, Mérida, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2011," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 19 April 2012), Trujillo &gt; Santa Ana &gt; Santa Ana &gt; Matrimonios &gt; Image 7 of 11; Benigio Salas and Juana Maria Pacheco, married June 16, 1920; citing Parishes in Merida, Venezuela. Venezuela, Merida parish registers. Archivo Arquidiocesano de Merida, Venezuela.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, 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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Mérida, Venezuela
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1654-2013
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


Title in the Language of the Record

Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records of baptism, marriage, and also death/burial, and other ordinances from 1654 to 2013 for the parishes under the Archdiocese of Merida.

These parish records have been preserved relatively well. In general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage, therefore, some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read.

Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive. However, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place. Most of the earlier population were Roman Catholics, therefore, parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).

These records are written in Spanish.; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for translation helps.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013.

Collection Content

The information found in each record varies by year. Records were made by Catholic priests or their associates, recorded in Spanish, and mostly written on either lined paper or blank paper that contained pre-printed numbers.

Sample Images

Baptism records generally include the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names and residence
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's birthplace
  • Groom's residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Bride's residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Sometimes, the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) of each is given
  • Name of witnesses

Death/burial records usually include:

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Birthplace
  • Names of parents
  • Burial date and place

How Do I Search the Collection?

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

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:
To search the collection image by image you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "State"
⇒Select the "City or Town"
⇒Select the "Parish"
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

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, 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 guides:

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?

In Latin America, two or three generations are often indicated in church registers, along with their birthplaces or residences. If, however, earlier generations are not listed with the relative or ancestor selected, try searching parishes located within a close proximity.

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married 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.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Venezuela Emigration and Immigration

Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)


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Don't overlook FHL Place Venezuela, Mérida, Mérida items or FHL Keyword Venezuela, Mérida, Mérida items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Venezuela Archives and Libraries.

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:

"Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Mérida, Venezuela.


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 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013.

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 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013.

How You Can Contribute

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.


Known Issues with This Collection

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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.