Costa Rica Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records/Known Issues

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Known Issues
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NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Article 56000, How to use Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the films.

Question #1: I find that the Event Place is wrong in many indexed records. How can I determine the correct event place?
Answer #1: By viewing the document associated with an indexed record, you will see a set of codes corresponding to Location, Volume, Page, and Entry Number (i.e., 3 250 250 0499). The first digit indicates the location of the event as follows:

1 for San Jose,
2 for Alajuela,
3 for Carthage,
4 for Heredia,
5 for Puntarenas,
6 for Guanacaste,
7 for Limón,
8 for naturalized, and
9 for late enrollees.

Question #2: I find records associated with Film 1106408 to have the incorrect birth year of 1861. What is the correct birth year?
Answer #2: Film 1106408 contains records for Indice de Nacimientos 1961.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1860-1975 > Heredia > Nacimientos 1930-1931, vol. 62-63 > Image 7 of 542.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows 7 and Internet Explorer.

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