Suchitepéquez Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Guide to Department of Suchitepéquez 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]

  • After independence in Central America in 1821, the town was incorporated into the vast Department of Sololá/Suchitepéquez, which included a large part of the modern departments of Quiché, Sololá and Suchitepéquez.
  • It was integrated into the ephemeral State of Los Altos in 1838. Shortly after in 1840 the State of Los Altos was recovered by Guatemala.
  • In 1872 the Department of Quiché was created, thus considerably reducing the Sololá/Suchitepéquez area.
  • The Department of Suchitepéquez has a population of approximately 569,000 people. [1]

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

ZunilitoPueblo NuevoSan Francisco ZapotitlánSamayacSan Pablo JocopilasSanto Tomás La UniónSan GabrielSan BernardinoSan Antonio SuchitepéquezSan Miguel PanánSan José La MáquinaCuyotenangoSan LorenzoSanto Domingo SuchitepéquezSan José El IdoloChicacaoRío BravoSan Juan BautistaSanta BárbaraPatululMazatenangoGuatemala Suchitepéquez 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, Suchitepéquez.

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, "Suchitepéquez," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Visited 1 September 2017.