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Yoro, Honduras Genealogy

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Guide to Department of Yoro family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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History[edit | edit source]

Yoro is one of the 18 departments into which Honduras is divided. The department contains rich agricultural lands, concentrated mainly on the valley of the Aguan River and the Sula Valley, on opposite ends. The departmental capital is Yoro.
It is famous for the Lluvia de Peces or rain of fishes, a tradition by which fish fall from the sky during very heavy rains
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Most of your genealogical research for the Honduras will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

In 1881, the Honduras began the practice of civil registration: registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death.

You will need to know the town where your family lived and to which department or region the town belonged. This list of place names will help you find your town.

1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:

Births, marriages, deaths, indexes and other records created by civil registration offices in Honduras. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available.
"Nascimientos" are births. Matrimonios are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.

2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Honduras, Yoro.
b. Click on "Places within Honduras, Yoro" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of Hondurans were Catholic and were registered in entries for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in the local church records. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the registers, with personal information on the family.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records[edit | edit source]

For many localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Honduras, Yoro.
b. Click on "Places within Honduras, Yoro" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:




Search Strategies[edit | edit source]

To effectively use civil and church records, follow these steps:

  1. 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.
  2. Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record.
  3. Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records.
  4. Repeat the process for both the father and mother.
  5. If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring municipios.
  6. Search the death records for all family members.