Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica

Collection Time Period

The Family History Library collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the Archdiocese of Mérida, covers the years from 1654 to 1992.

Record Description

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992", index and images,FamilySearch  from Archdiocese of Merida, Venezuela. Venezuela Merida parish registers, 1654-1992. Archivo Arquidiocesano de Mérida, Venezuela. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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Record Content

Important genealogical information found in Catholic baptismal records include:

Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Baptism.jpg
  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of person baptized
  • Gender and date of birth
  • If legitimate or illegitimate
  • Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth
  • Names of godparents

Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church marriage records include:

Venezuela Merida Catholic Church Marriage.jpg
  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Sometimes the civil status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom
  • Parents’ names
  • Name of witnesses

Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church death records include

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  • Place and date where the person died
  • Name of the deceased
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Place of burial
  • Parents’ names

How to Use the Records

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.

Record History

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).

Why the Record Was Created

Venezuelan Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, and also death, burial, and other ordinances.

Record Reliability

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

Related Websites

Genealogía de Venezuela - Venezuelan Genealogy

Related Wiki Articles

Venezuela Vital Records Index

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for Record Found in This Collection

"Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992," database and digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2012), Juan De Dios Dugarte (1808).

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