Chiquimula Department, Guatemala Genealogy
Guide to Department of Chiquimula 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]
- The geographic area known as the Chortí Region provides location for the Chiquimula Department; that region consists of an indigenous ethnic group that are descendants of the Mayan civilization, whose cultural and political center was located in Copán (present-day Honduras).
- In colonial times, the local government of Chiquimula included the departments of Jutiapa, Jalapa, Chiquimula, Zacapa, El Progreso and Izabal, a territory that includes almost 20% of the current territory of Guatemala.
- The Chuiquimula region was one of the original departments of the State of Guatemala that was founded in 1825.
- The Department of Chiquimula has a population of approximately 389,000 people. 
Municipalities[edit | edit source]
Civil Registration and Church Records[edit | edit source]
Most of the research you will do will be in these two records.
- 1877-1980 - Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-1980 - in Ancestry ($) - index and images
- 1877-2008 - Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1877-2008 - Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 - in MyHeritage ($) — index & images
- 1877-1994 - Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
- 1730-1917 - Guatemala, Select Baptisms, 1730-1917 - in Ancestry ($) - index and images
- 1730-1917 - Guatemala, Baptisms, 1730-1917 - in MyHeritage ($) - index and images
- 1581-1977 - Chiquimula, Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977
Additional online records may be listed in the Family History Library Catalog for places within Guatemala, Chiquimula.
Reading the Records[edit | edit source]
- You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this Spanish Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document. Handwriting skills are taught in BYU Spanish Script Tutorial.
- Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:
- Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the Spanish Records Extraction Manual.
- The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial also provides lessons and examples.
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]
- Wikipedia Collaborators, "Chiquimula (departamento)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiquimula_(departamento). Visited 8 July 2017.