Santa Rosa Department, Guatemala Genealogy
Guide to Department of Santa Rosa 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]
- In the pre-Hispanic era the first inhabitants of the region were the Xincas, who occupied the entire territory from the coast of the current department to the mountains of Jalapa.
- With the arrival of the Europeans, the Xinca Indians of other native ethnic groups became extinct, and the Spanish and Creole inhabitants settled on these fertile lands. For this historical reason, the current population of the department is of clear mestizo and "ladina vieja" ancestry, with very direct connections to the first Hispanic landowners and ranchers.
- In 1824 Santa Rosa de Lima was part of Escuintla and Guazacapán that became the departmental capital.
- On May 8, 1852 the Department of Santa Rosa was created as it currently exists.
- The Department of Santa Rosa has a population of approximately 301,000 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.
- 1877-2008 - Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1877-1980 - Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-1980 - in Ancestry ($) — index and images
- 1877-1994 - Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
- 1877-1994 - Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994. Additional towns.
- 1581-1977 - Santa Rosa, Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977
- 1750-1930 - Guatemala, Select Marriages, 1750-1930 - in Ancestry ($) — index and images
- 1750-1930 - Guatemala, Marriages, 1750-1930 - in MyHeritage ($) - index and images
Additional online records may be listed in the Family History Library Catalog for places within Guatemala, Santa Rosa.
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, "Santa Rosa (Guatemala)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Rosa_(Guatemala). Visited 1 August 2017.