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| title = Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013
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| LOC_01 = Mérida
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| record_type = Church
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| start_year = 1654
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| title_language = Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Venezuela Church Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Mérida]]
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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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Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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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.
  
This Collection will include records from 1654 to 2012.  
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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 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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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).  
  
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 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). 
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=== Reading These Records === 
  
The Family History Library collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the Archdiocese of Mérida, covers the years from 1654 to 1992. The text of the records is in Spanish. 
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; also see the section [[Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.
  
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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===To Browse This Collection===
  
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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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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|title=Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013
 
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=== 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.
 
 
 
{{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.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
'''Important information found in Catholic baptismal records include:'''
 
  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Baptism.jpg|Baptism Record
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The information in these records usually include the following:  
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{| border="1"
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|-
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Baptismal  records'''
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Marriage records'''
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Death records'''
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|-
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| Date and place of the baptism
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| Date and place of marriage
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|Deceased’s name, gender, and age
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|-
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| Name and gender
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| Names and ages of bride and groom
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|Marital status/name of spouse
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|-
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|Date of birth
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| Sometimes the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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| Date and place of burial
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|-
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| Legitimacy
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|Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom
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| Date and place of death
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|-
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| Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth
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| Parents’ names and residence
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| Names of parents
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|-
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|Name of godparents
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|Name of witnesses
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|
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|}
  
*Date and place of baptism
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== Collection Contents  ==
*Name and gender of baptized person
 
*Person's date and place of birth
 
*If legitimate or illegitimate
 
*Parents’ names and their residence
 
*Names of godparents
 
  
<br>'''Important information found in the Catholic Church marriage records include:'''
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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.
  
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===Sample Images===
 
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Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Baptism.jpg|Baptism Record
 
Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record  
 
Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record  
</gallery>
 
 
*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
 
 
<br>'''Important information found in the Catholic Church death records include'''
 
 
<gallery>
 
 
Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Burial.jpg|Death Record   
 
Image:Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Burial.jpg|Death Record   
 
</gallery>  
 
</gallery>  
  
*Name and age of deceased
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
*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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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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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
  
To search this collection, it would be helpful to know the following information: To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.  
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417520 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.
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== Search the 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/1417520/waypoints Browse Page]. <br>
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# Select '''State'''
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# Select '''City or Town'''
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# Select '''Parish'''
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# Select '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images. <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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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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.}}
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== For Help Reading These Records  ==
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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For help reading these Spanish records see the following guides:
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
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.  
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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]
  
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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==What Do I Do Next?==
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To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
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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
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/421 Registros Civiles y Parroquiales] - Spanish
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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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.
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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.  
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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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*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.  
  
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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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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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.
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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)]]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1417520 Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
{{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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== 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>
  
== Related Websites ==
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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 2017. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Mérida, Venezuela.}}
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{Record Citation Link
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|title=Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013}}
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
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{{Image Citation Link
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|CID=CID1417520
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|title=Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
*[http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/diocese/meri0.htm Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mérida]
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{{Contributor invite}}
*[http://www.arquidiocesisdemerida.org.ve/ Arquidiócesis de Mérida]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Known Issues With This Collection ==
  
*[[Mérida|Mérida]]<br>
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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.  
*[[Venezuela]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1417520/waypoints Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012]  
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
 
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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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


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).

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

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptismal records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the baptism Date and place of marriage Deceased’s name, gender, and age
Name and gender Names and ages of bride and groom Marital status/name of spouse
Date of birth Sometimes the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event Date and place of burial
Legitimacy Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom Date and place of death
Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth Parents’ names and residence Names of parents
Name of godparents Name of witnesses

Collection Contents

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

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. 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

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.

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select State
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish 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?

  • 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.
  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm 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.
  • 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)


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 2017. 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 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.


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.