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Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1873-2003
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de Venezuela
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
National Archives of Venezuela

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

This collection has records from 1873 to 2003. It includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten also in Spanish in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record.

Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government began creating the civil records of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

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

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Name of civil authority of local municipality Date and place of marriage Date and place of registration
Date and place of registration Name of local civil authority Name of local civil authority
Presenter of the child (usually the father) Name and age of groom Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
Name and gender of the child Groom's legitimacy Name and age of deceased
Date, time, and place of birth Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin Date, time, and place of death
Legitimacy of child Groom's religion Sometimes, the cause of death is given
Parents’ names, including maiden name of the mother Names of the groom’s parents Sometimes, the spouse's name if the deceased was married
Occupation of father Parents' age, occupation, and residence Sometimes, parents’ names if the deceased was a minor
Names of witnesses Name and age of the bride Burial information
Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
Bride's religion
Names of the bride’s parents
Parents' age, occupation, and residence
Names of witnesses, their age, occupation, and residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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
  • Family relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select State
  2. Select City or Municipality
  3. Select Parish or District
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

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

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

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

  • In Latin America, two or three generations are often indicated in church registers, along with their birthplaces or residences. If, however, earlier generations are not listed with the relative or ancestor selected, try searching parishes located within close proximity. Try checking the Venezuela, Catholic Church Records
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Venezuela Emigration and Immigration
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could have occurred in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.