Jutiapa Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Guide to Department of Jutiapa 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]

  • It is common knowledge that the Chortis was spoken to the north in the regions adjoining Chiqimula. The region to the south was Pipil, of Mexican descent. The pupuluca was spoken in Conguaco, Jalpatagua and other places. In the current Department of Santa Rosa, the villages were of Xinca origin.
  • After realizing the conquest, the Iberian victors reorganized the dominated population. Prehispanic settlements opened up new settlements.
  • The Mita region of the Department of Chiquimula was segregated on February 25, 1848, and it became a department, dividing into three districts: Jutiapa, Santa Rosa and Jalapa.
  • The Department of Jutiapa has a population of approximately 490,000 people. [1]

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

El AdelantoZapotitlánYupiltepequeJerezAtescatempaComapaJalpataguaConguacoMoyutaPasacoEl ProgresoAsunción MitaSanta Catarina MitaAgua BlancaSan José AcatempaQuesadaJutiapaJutiapa 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, Jutiapa.

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, "Jutiapa (Guatemala)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jutiapa_(Guatemala). Visited 22 August 2017.