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Guide to El Salvador ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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El Salvador is a country in Central America bordered by Guatemala and Honduras. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official language is Spanish.[1] El Salvador is the only Central American country that has no access to the Caribbean Sea. The Pan American Highway runs thru this country.

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Department names and abbreviations for the 14 Salvadoran Departments:

  • AH - Ahuachapán
  • CA - Cabañas
  • CH - Chalatenango
  • CU - Cuscatlán
  • LI - La Libertad
  • PA- La Paz
  • UN - La Unión
  • MO - Morazán
  • SM - San Miguel
  • SS - San Salvador
  • SV - San Vicente
  • SA - Santa Ana
  • SO - Sonsonate
  • US - Usulután

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Spain," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 March 2016.