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Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
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Chimaltenango, Guatemala
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1877-1994
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Guatemala, Chimaltenango, registro civil
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Registro Nacional de las Personas (RENAP)


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include birth, marriage, death, indexes, and other records from 1877-1994. These were created by the Civil Registration Offices in the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. As you search this collection, you will notice that some information in the records has been blacked out. Specific privacy laws in Guatemala prohibit some information classified as sensitive from being shared with the public. The information that is blacked out may be different from record type to record type and does not negatively affect your family history research. Images courtesy of Registro Nacional de las Personas (RENAP).

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Birthdate and place
  • Name at birth
  • Gender
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Names of Godparents
  • Document date

Marriage

  • Marriage date and place
  • Groom’s name, age, occupation, birthplace, and address
  • Groom’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Bride’s name, age, occupation, birthplace, and address
  • Bride’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Bride’s maternal and paternal grandparents’ names
  • Groom’s marital status
  • Bride’s marital status

Death

  • Death date and place
  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age
  • Deceased’s marital status, occupation, and parents’ names
  • Cause of death
  • Date, time, and place of death
  • Informant’s name

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching 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[edit | edit source]

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  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected. When you find the person’s birth record, search for the births of his or her brothers and sisters
  • The phrase “dío a luz” means the same as “was born” or “gave birth to”
  • Search for the parents' marriage record. This may give you birthdates or marriage dates of your ancestor's parents
  • Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records
  • Repeat the process for both the father and mother
  • Search the death records for all family members
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location

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

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Hispanic Genealogy Research community on Facebook is a page sponsored by FamilySearch and here you may also post a question or upload an image of a document for further assistance.
  • Investigación Genealógica en Guatemala is another FamilySearch research community page on Facebook where you can post questions and upload images of documents. The majority of the posts on this page are in Spanish but you are welcome to post on the page in English. Be sure to click like on the page

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Guatemala.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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