Venezuela Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each municipality. You must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. A civil registration district may include several towns or a small section of a large city. In addition to the town, you need to know an approximate year in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.Officials might or might not respond.

  • For a listing of addresses for towns (municipios), see the FamilySearch Research Wiki page for your province.
  • For towns not listed, use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:
Oficino del Registro Civil
(street name, number)
(city or town), (state)
(postal code)
Venezuela

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. Use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide to assist you in writing your letter in Spanish. Send the following when requesting information:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 collection includes records from 1873 to 2003 of births, marriages, and deaths in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. 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.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1865.

Information Recorded in the Records[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 child (usually the father) Name and age of groom Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
Name and gender of 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, cause of death is given
Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother Names of the groom’s parents Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married
Occupation of father Parents' age, occupation and residence Sometimes, parents’ names if deceased was a minor
Names of witnesses Name and age of 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

References[edit | edit source]