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

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Venezuela is a country in South America bordered by Colombia and Guyana. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). The official language is Spanish.[1]

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23 states (estados, singular - estado), 1 federal district (distrito federal), and 1 federal dependency (dependencia federal):

Note: The federal dependency consists of 11 federally controlled island groups with a total of 72 individual islands.


Venezuela is divided into 23 states and 1 capital district. Each state is further divided into more than 300 municipalities (on spanish municipios). To learn more click here. Civiles de Venezuela Knowing about a country's political divisions will help in determining where records such as civil registration and census are located.

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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Venezuela.

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