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Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700-1915
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Costa Rica
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Location of Costa Rica
Record Description
Record Type: Baptisms
Collection years: 1700-1915
Language: English
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Locality Baptisms, 1700-1915 Marriages, 1750-1920 Deaths, 1787-1900
Alajuela 847 1,835 0
Cartago 70,787 20,543 545
Costa Rica 4,497 197 30,960
Heredia 8,293 11,576 0
San José 92,150 23,698 0
Totals 176,574 57,849 31,505

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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. See Costa Rica Civil Registration for further information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
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