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'''Registro Civil de Venezuela'''
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
 
 
== Record Description ==
 
  
 
This Collection will include records from 1873 to 2003.  
 
This Collection will include records from 1873 to 2003.  
  
This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record.  
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This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten, also in Spanish, in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record.  
 
 
Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government was already manifesting an interest in creating the civil registration of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.
 
 
 
At the Family History Library, the microfilm collection of the civil registration records for Venezuela covers the years 1836-2000. However, the current digital records collection that is available through FamilySearch Historical Records includes only the civil registration for the city of Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela for the years 1873-2003. Eventually, more records will be added for other localities.
 
 
 
The civil registration was created to record the vital information of important events in the life of the citizens.
 
 
 
The civil registration records are one of the best sources for genealogical research after 1873. For records issued before this date, it is recommended that you search the Catholic Church records.
 
 
 
The civil registration was created to record the vital information of important events in the life of the citizens. They are one of the best sources for genealogical research after 1873. For records issued before this date, it is recommended that you search the Catholic Church records.
 
 
 
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/1823609/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
=== 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, Civil Registration, 1873-2003." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
 
 
 
Original records are also housed at local offices of the civil registry.
 
 
 
[[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Venezuela Civil Registration">
 
Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Birth DGS 4596797 28.jpg|Birth
 
Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Marriage left side DGS 4621712 2541.jpg|Marriage p. 1
 
Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Marriage right side DGS 4621712 2541.jpg|Marriage p. 2
 
Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Death2 DGS 4621713 621.jpg|Death
 
</gallery>&nbsp;
 
 
 
'''The key genealogical facts found on most birth records include the following:'''
 
 
 
*Name of civil authority of local municipality
 
*Date and place of registration
 
*Presenter of child (usually the father)
 
*Name and gender of child
 
*Date, time and place of birth
 
*Legitimacy of child
 
*Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
 
*Occupation of father
 
*Names of witnesses
 
 
 
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records include the following:'''
 
 
 
*Date and place of marriage
 
*Name of local civil authority
 
*Name and age of groom
 
*Groom's legitimacy
 
*Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin
 
*Groom's religion
 
*Names of the groom’s parents
 
*Parents' age, occupation and residence
 
*Name and age of bride
 
*Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
 
*Bride's religion
 
*Names of the bride’s parents
 
*Parents' age, occupation and residence
 
*Names of witnesses, their age, occupation and residence
 
  
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found on most death records include the following''':
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Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government began creating the civil records of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.
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=== Reading These Records === 
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; see the section [[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading these Records|For Help Reading these Records]] for translation helps.
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
*Date and place of registration
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{{Collection Browse Link
*Name of local civil authority
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*Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
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| title =Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 }}
*Name and age of deceased
 
  
*Date, time and place of death  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
*Sometimes, cause of death is given  
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The following information is usually found in these records:
*Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married  
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*Burial information
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Birth 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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| Name of civil authority of local municipality
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| Date and place of marriage
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|Date and place of registration
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| Date and place of registration
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| Name of local civil authority
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|Name of local civil authority
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| Presenter of child (usually the father)
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| Name and age of groom
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|Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
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| Name and gender of child
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| Groom's legitimacy
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|Name and age of deceased
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| Date, time and place of birth
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| Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin
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| Date, time and place of death
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| Legitimacy of child
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| Groom's religion
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|Sometimes, cause of death is given
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|Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
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|Names of the groom’s parents
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|Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married
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|Occupation of father
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|Parents' age, occupation and residence
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|Sometimes, parents’ names if deceased was a minor
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|Names of witnesses
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|Name and age of bride
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|Burial information
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|Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
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== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Contents ==
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=== Sample Images ===
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<gallery>
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Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Birth DGS 4596797 28.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Death2 DGS 4621713 621.jpg|Death Record
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Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Marriage left side DGS 4621712 2541.jpg|Marriage Record p. 1
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Image:Venezuela Civil Registration Marriage right side DGS 4621712 2541.jpg|Marriage Record p. 2
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</gallery>
  
'''To search the collection with the index:'''  
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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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
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*Family relationships
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823609 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.
  
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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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''  
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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/1823609/waypoints Browse Page]. <br>
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# Select '''State'''
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# Select '''City or Municipality'''
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# Select '''Parish or District'''
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# Select '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images. <br>
  
*The county where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
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===For Help Reading These Records===
*The name of the person at the time of the event
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== For Help Reading these Records ==
*The approximate event date
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For help reading these Spanish records see the following guides:
*The event place
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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]
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. 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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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.<br><br>
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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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
  
'''For example:'''
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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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*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.
  
*Looking in the same collection, you may be able to identify other members of the family.
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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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. Try checking the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Venezuela_Catholic_Church_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Venezuela, Catholic Church Records]
*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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*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]]
  
If you want to find more information about the family, the pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records.
 
  
'''For example:'''
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1823609 Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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== Citing This Collection ==
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple’s birth records and parents’ names.
 
*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 church and land records.
 
*Use occupations to look for other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
*Use the parents’ birthplaces to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to the family’s religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
  
<br>'''Keep in mind:'''
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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.
  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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'''Collection Citation''':
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
<br>'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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{{Collection citation | text= "Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation)". Ministerío del Poder Popular para la Cultura, Caracas. (Ministry of Popular Power for Culture, Caracas.)Registro principal caracas, Venezuela (state primary record archives, Venezuela).}}
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner, if known.
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{{Record Citation Link
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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|CID=CID1823609
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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|title=Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003
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}}
  
<br> '''To search the collection with the browse, 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 Municipio" <br>⇒ Select the "Parroquia o Distrito" <br>⇒ Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" which takes you to the images.
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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|CID=CID1823609
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|title=Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003
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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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Venezuela Civil Registration (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.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.cne.gov.ve/web/registro_civil/registro_civil.php Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)]
 
 
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Venezuela]]
 
 
 
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== Contributions to This Article ==
 
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
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]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
“Venezuela, Civil Registration,” index and images, ''FamilySearch'' Index and images, (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 09 Aug 2012), Juan Bautista Rodrigues, nacimiento 3 Dec 1879; Citation for This Collection Petare (Miranda). Registros civiles, 1873-1994, page 28; Nacimientos, 1873-1891, FHL microfilm, FHL INTLS Film 2245225, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
 
 
 
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Location of Venezuela
Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1873-2003
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de Venezuela
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What Is in the Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1873 to 2003.

This collection includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten, also in Spanish, in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record.

Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government began creating the civil records of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; 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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Name of civil authority of local municipality Date and place of marriage Date and place of registration
Date and place of registration Name of local civil authority Name of local civil authority
Presenter of child (usually the father) Name and age of groom Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
Name and gender of child Groom's legitimacy Name and age of deceased
Date, time and place of birth Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin Date, time and place of death
Legitimacy of child Groom's religion Sometimes, cause of death is given
Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother Names of the groom’s parents Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married
Occupation of father Parents' age, occupation and residence Sometimes, parents’ names if deceased was a minor
Names of witnesses Name and age of bride Burial information
Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
Bride's religion
Names of the bride’s parents
Parents' age, occupation and residence
Names of witnesses, their age, occupation and residence


Collection Contents

Sample Images

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.

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 Municipality
  3. Select Parish or District
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

For Help Reading these Records

For help reading these Spanish records see the following guides:

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.

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.
  • 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. Try checking the Venezuela, Catholic Church Records
  • 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


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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation)". Ministerío del Poder Popular para la Cultura, Caracas. (Ministry of Popular Power for Culture, Caracas.)Registro principal caracas, Venezuela (state primary record archives, Venezuela).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found 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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003.


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.