El Salvador Locating Place of Origin

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El Salvador Gotoarrow.png Locating Place of Origin

Sometimes the most difficult part of researching your immigrant Salvadoran ancestor is locating their hometown. If your Hispanic ancestor came from El Salvador to the United States, the following record types might provide that elusive clue to their place of origin.

Important Tips[edit | edit source]

Before you begin the search for records in El Salvador you must find the name of his or her hometown. Also, the more information your know about your ancestor the better you can decide if the person you find really is your ancestor.

  • Do you know the name of his parents?
  • Do you know his birth, marriage, or death date even if approximate?
  • Do you know the name of his wife? Did they marry before or after coming to the United States?
  • Do you know the names of any of his siblings?

Documents in the home[edit | edit source]

Often the document you need to pinpoint the place of origin of your El Salvador ancestor is already found at home. These might include the following:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates or licenses
  • Death certificates
  • Obituaries
  • Funeral cards
  • Journals
  • Photographs
  • Letters
  • Family Bible
  • Naturalization papers
  • Citizenship papers
  • Military service records

Other record types that might also provide clues[edit | edit source]

If you don't find the record you need at home, you may consider a search for any one or several of these types of documents. Often the key to finding the place of origin is to view every document you can find on your ancestor no matter how significant or insignificant you might think it is.