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== Municipality ==
 
== Municipality ==
  
Under the municipality or municipio levei, you will find civil registration records. A municipality covers an area that may contain several towns and the headquarters is usually located in the largest one. A large city may contain several municipalities. You will need to determine the correct municipality in order to locate the civil registration records.
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Under the Municipality levei (Municipio), you will find civil registration records. A Municipality covers an area that may contain several towns with the headquarters usually located in the largest one. A large city may contain several Municipalities. You will need to determine the correct Municipality in order to locate the civil registration records.
  
To figure out your municipality, check the following sources:
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To figure out your Municipality, check the following sources:
  
 
*The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Wikipedia Spanish version of Wikipedia]
 
*The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Wikipedia Spanish version of Wikipedia]
 
*[https://www.google.com/maps/ Google Maps] is a great place to find towns and figure out distances between towns.
 
*[https://www.google.com/maps/ Google Maps] is a great place to find towns and figure out distances between towns.
  
On genealogy records, places are usually written from smallest to largest with the municipio not being listed. For example:
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On genealogy records, places are usually written from smallest to largest with the Municipio not being listed. For example:
  
 
*City/town, Department, Country
 
*City/town, Department, Country
 
*Arcatao, Chalatenango, El Salvador
 
*Arcatao, Chalatenango, El Salvador
  
The city of Arcatao is located in the department of Chalatenango.
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The city of Arcatao is located in the Chalatenango department of El Salvador.
  
 
== Church ==  
 
== Church ==  

Revision as of 18:32, 18 January 2019

El Salvador Gotoarrow.png Finding Records

To find church, civil or other records for your ancestor in El Salvador you will need to know the various levels of jurisdictions (government or religious administrative divisions) in El Salvador. Only three locality levels are normally used. The country of El Salvador is divided into departments (departamentos), municipalities (municipios), and cities, towns, villages, etc.

Municipality[edit | edit source]

Under the Municipality levei (Municipio), you will find civil registration records. A Municipality covers an area that may contain several towns with the headquarters usually located in the largest one. A large city may contain several Municipalities. You will need to determine the correct Municipality in order to locate the civil registration records.

To figure out your Municipality, check the following sources:

On genealogy records, places are usually written from smallest to largest with the Municipio not being listed. For example:

  • City/town, Department, Country
  • Arcatao, Chalatenango, El Salvador

The city of Arcatao is located in the Chalatenango department of El Salvador.

Church[edit | edit source]

Catholic Church records are listed by city or town and then by parish. A parish is an ecclesiastical jurisdiction and is usually named for a Saint. A parish covers an area that may contain several towns and is usually located in the largest one. A Large city may contain several parishes.

To figure out the Catholic parish, check the following sources:

  • Check a Catholic Church directory. It will list the archdiocese officials and the dioceses with their parishes, so you can easily determine all nearby parishes. It may include historical information about each parish, and sometimes it provides addresses for parishes, the diocese headquarters, and the diocese archives where additional records may be kept.
  • If your ancestor lived in large city, you will need to know what parish within that city they belonged to. If you know what part of the city they lived in, that will help narrow down the possibilities. However, people sometimes attend the closest church or the one that the rest of their family attends. So you might have to check nearby parishes also.
  • If your family lived in a very small village, you might have to check a map, church directory or gazetteer to determine the location of the parish.

On genealogy records, the parish is listed as the smallest unit before the city or town. For example:

  • Parish, City/town, Department, Country
  • San Juan Bautista, Cojutepeque, Cuscatlán, El Salvador
The parish of San Juan Bautista is located in the city of Cojutepeque.

Records from FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

For additional help see also El Salvador Quick Start Guide