Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Guide to Department of Huehuetenango ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, church records, parish registers, and civil registration.

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History[edit | edit source]

  • During pre-Hispanic times, the Mam territory was one of the most extensive, since it included the Departments of Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and the province of Soconusco.
  • Huehuetenango remained united to the Department of Totonicapán and was part of the Department of Totonicapán/Huehuetenango that was created in 1825.
  • When the state of Los Altos was organized for the second time in 1838, they met again under that political name.

The Department of Huehuetenango has a population of approximately 1,006,000 people. [1]

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

NentónSan Mateo IxtatánSanta Cruz BarillasJacaltenangoSan Miguel AcatánSan Sebastián CoatánSan Rafael La IndependenciaSan Pedro SolomaSanta EulaliaSanta Ana HuistaSan Antonio HuistaPetatánConcepción HuistaUnión CantinilLa DemocraciaLa LibertadSan Pedro NéctaCuilcoTectitánSan Ildefonso IxtahuacánSan Juan IxcoySantiago ChimaltenangoTodos Santos CuchumatánColotenangoSan Gaspar IxchilSan Rafael PétzalSan Juan AtitánSanta BárbaraSan Sebastián HuehuetenangoMalacatancitoChiantlaAguacatánHuehuetenangoHuehuetenango Department Map.png

Civil Registration and Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most of the research you will do will be in these two records.

Additional online records may be listed in the Family History Library Catalog for places within Guatemala, Huehuetenango.

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:

Building a Family Record with a Search Strategy[edit | edit source]

Many articles on strategy are available on the Wiki, but here is a simple set of steps to guide you

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth/baptism/christening record, then 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, and even the names of their 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Departamento de Huehuetenango (Guatemala)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Visited 26 July 2017.