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Guide to '''Zulia ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. 
  
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Zulia will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.''' Vargas became an independent state in 1998.  Before that it was part of the Federal District.
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==Knowing Your Locality==
[Description of the state]
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*You will need to know the '''town where your family lived''' and district and province.  [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/VE/ '''Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Venezuela'''] will explain for each town and city its geographical jurisdictions.
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*For extremely small locations, you may need to use [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009863158 '''Nomenclador de centros poblados, total nacional: XII censo general de población y vivienda'''].<br>
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*Google Maps and Wikipedia might also help.
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==Civil Registration==
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*Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships. <br>
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*Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1873.
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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===
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For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:
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*'''1873-2003''' - {{RecordSearch|1823609|Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003}} — at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records],  free, '''index''', not complete for all localities. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60207 '''Ancestry.com'''], which can be searched for free at [[Family History Centers|'''Family History Centers''']]. Frequently, the Ancestry search engine is more powerful.
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*'''1873-2003''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=M8JY-P68%3A159736401%3Fcc%3D1823609 Venezuela, Zulia, Civil Registration, 1873-2003] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — free, '''browseable images only''', not complete for all localities.
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:'''"Nascimientos"''' are births. '''"Matrimonios"''' are marriages. ''' "Defunciones"''' are deaths.
  
== General Information  ==
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
  
Zulia is in the noroccidental end of the country. It limits the north with the Caribbean Sea, the east with the states Falcon, Lara and Trujillo, to the south wht the states Mérida and Táchira and to the west with the Repubic of Colombia.  
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=215705&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Venezuela%2C%20Zulia%22 '''records for Venezuela, Zulia'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Zulia"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor. 
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:::f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
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:::[[File:FHL icons.png|100px]] <br>The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
  
<br>It is possible to say that the lake of Maracaibo was the beginning of everything what today it is known as Zulia, when it was discovered by captain Alonso de Ojeda the 24 of August of 1499. Althoug the Natives called Lake of Coquivacoa, Ojeda baptized it like Lake of San Bartholomew, for the day in which she was discovered.
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=== 3. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
  
<br>At the beginning of century XVI (16th century), the region was inhabited by emigrants descending from the indigenous communities of Arawak and Caribe origin, arrived at the place throughout 11,000 years.  
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Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each municipality. You must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. A civil registration district may include several towns or a small section of a large city. In addition to the town, you need to know an approximate year in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.'''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
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<br>In 1529 the first foundation of the city of Maracaibo took place, when Ambrosio Alfinger made construct to lodgings for the women and children of its expedition. The village was abandoned after the death of Alfinger, but in 1571 it founded again by Alonso Pacheco, who gave it the name of Ciudad Rodrigo. Abandoned once again, the settlement was founded once again by Pedro Maldonado in 1574, this time with the name of Nueva Zamora, with functions of lake and marine port.
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Use this address as a guide,  replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
  
<br>This settlement remained, although its developement began during the following century, when it became the forced crossroad place for the colonos that went to populate the borders with the lake. Its prosperity attracted the French, English and Dutch pirates who operated in the Caribbean.  
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:'''Oficino del Registro Civil'''
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:'''(street name, number)'''
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:'''(city or town), Zulia'''
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']
  
<br>In 1676 Maracaibo was added to the Province of Mérida of the Spirit Santo of the Grita.
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide] to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. Send the following when requesting information:'''
  
<br>Maracaibo proclaimed Independent State of Spain, the 28 of January of 1821, and soon it was united to the Republic of Colombia. The name of Zulia was used for the first time in the political nomenclature with the division of the Republic in 1824, forming the Zulia Department, integrated by the province of Maracaibo, with capital in Maracaibo and the provinces of Coro, Mérida and Trujillo.
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record <br>
  
<br>On January 11 of 1830, it became part of the Republic of Venezuela, with the desintegration of the Republic of Colombia. In 1864 it became a state. In 1867 Mérida and Táchira are integrated to it.
 
  
<br>By the end of the century Zulia and Falcón form a single entity entity: Falcon. When it is dissolved, the Zulia state is formed. It is divided in seventeen municipalities and one hundred six parishes.
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<br>Maracaibo did not participate in active wayin the fights by the the Independence of Venezuela and Colombia. Until 1917 it was a small port dedicated to the export of coffee from Venezuelan and Colombian Andes. In that year, the discovery of petroleum deposits in it territory was the origin of its later extraordinary growth, into which it would become a great harbor center. <br><br>
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== Church Records==
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*Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Ecuador prior to 1873, when the civil registration was implemented.
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*Parish registers include baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records.  
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*All the records were registered and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. One register was generally kept at the parish archive and another copy sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.
  
== Si usted entiende español  ==
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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
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*'''1577-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1951777|Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995}} — free, '''index''', not complete for all localities.
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*'''1577-1995''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=MQ6C-RM9%3A376111301%3Fcc%3D1951777 Zulia, Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — free, '''browseable images only''', not complete for all localities. Records will eventually be indexed online.<br>
  
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Zulia Zulia] en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí: [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Zulia https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Zulia]<br>
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'''Bautismos''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''Información matrimonial''' are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. '''Matrimônios'''' are marriages. '''Defunciones''' are deaths.  '''Entierros''' are burials'". Índice''' is the index.
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
  
== Research Tools ==
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=215705&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Venezuela%2C%20Zulia%22 '''records for Venezuela, Zulia'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Venezuela, Zulia"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
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:::f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
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:::[[File:FHL icons.png|100px]]  <br>Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
  
*[[Parishes of Venezuela]]
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===3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Venezuela.pdf BYU Research Outline for Venezuela]
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Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Peru. More recent Catholic parish records are kept at the local parish. The diocese keeps the records of parishes that no longer exist. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927137 records collections for Venezuela] available on FamilySearch.org
 
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''
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Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
  
*[[Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:'''Reverendo Padre'''
*[[Venezuela, Merida Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:'''Parroquia de (name of parish) '''
*[[Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:'''(parish), Zulia'''
*[[Venezuela Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:'''([http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html postal code])'''
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:'''Venezuela'''<br>
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*[http://ven.postcodequery.com/MWpr.html '''Find the Venezuela postal code here.''']  
  
== Featured Content  ==
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'''Send the following when requesting information:'''<br>
  
''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record <br>
  
== Did you know?  ==
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide] to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. '''
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*Venezuela is officially called: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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==Reading the Records==
*Venezuela is divided into 23 states and 1 capital district. Each state is further divided into more than 300 municipios . To learn more [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela#Subdivisions click here]. To find address and other contact information visit: http://www.gobiernoenlinea.ve/directorioestado/Registros Civiles de Venezuela Knowing about a country's political divisions will help in determining where records such as '''civil registration '''and '''census''' are located.
 
  
== Help Wanted ==
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*You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use the [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|'''Spanish Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document. Handwriting skills are taught in the [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
  
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:  
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*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:  
  
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 '''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3'''] — Read Spanish records: birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
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==Search Strategy==
*[[Create an external link|Add external links to articles]]
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*Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected to work on. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his '''brothers and sisters'''.
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*Next, search for the '''marriage of his parents.''' The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
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*You can '''estimate the ages''' of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
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*Search the death registers for all known family members.
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*Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.  
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.  
  
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*Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found.  It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later. <br>
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*The Catholic Church continued keeping records after the creation of the civil registration in 1900. Therefore two types of records are available.  If you can find the needed record in the church records, you do not have to search both records. Someday, when both records are available online, then it would be wise to search both.<br>
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*[[Zulia Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Zulia Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[Zulia Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Zulia Census|Census]]
 
*[[Zulia Church Directories|Church Directories]]
 
*[[Zulia Church History|Church History]]
 
*[[Zulia Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Zulia Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Zulia Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[Zulia Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Zulia Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Zulia Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Zulia Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
*[[Zulia History|History]]
 
*[[Zulia Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Zulia Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[Zulia Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Zulia Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Zulia Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Zulia Native Races|Native Races]]
 
*[[Zulia Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[Zulia Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Zulia Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Zulia Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Zulia Public Records|Public Records]]
 
*[[Zulia Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
 
*[[Zulia Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[Zulia Others and Miscellaneous|Others and Miscellaneous]]
 
  
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Guide to Zulia ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Most of your genealogical research for Zulia will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups. Vargas became an independent state in 1998. Before that it was part of the Federal District.

Knowing Your Locality

Civil Registration

  • Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.
  • Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1873.

1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration

For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:

"Nascimientos" are births. "Matrimonios" are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.

2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Venezuela, Zulia.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Zulia" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
FHL icons.png
The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.

3. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates

Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each municipality. You must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. A civil registration district may include several towns or a small section of a large city. In addition to the town, you need to know an approximate year in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:

Oficino del Registro Civil
(street name, number)
(city or town), Zulia
(postal code)
Venezuela


Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. Send the following when requesting information:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record



Church Records

  • Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Ecuador prior to 1873, when the civil registration was implemented.
  • Parish registers include baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records.
  • All the records were registered and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. One register was generally kept at the parish archive and another copy sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records

For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

Bautismos are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. Información matrimonial are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. Matrimônios' are marriages. Defunciones are deaths. Entierros are burials'". Índice is the index.

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Venezuela, Zulia.
b. Click on "Places within Venezuela, Zulia" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
FHL icons.png
Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.

3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records

Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Peru. More recent Catholic parish records are kept at the local parish. The diocese keeps the records of parishes that no longer exist. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as a guide replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Padre
Parroquia de (name of parish)
(parish), Zulia
(postal code)
Venezuela


Send the following when requesting information:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish.

Reading the Records

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Search Strategy

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected to work on. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records

  • Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found. It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later.
  • The Catholic Church continued keeping records after the creation of the civil registration in 1900. Therefore two types of records are available. If you can find the needed record in the church records, you do not have to search both records. Someday, when both records are available online, then it would be wise to search both.
  • Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun.