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==How to Search for ancestors if little information is known  ==
 
==How to Search for ancestors if little information is known  ==
  
*Knowing the location where your ancestor lived is key to finding records in El Salvador.
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*Knowing the location where your ancestor lived is key to finding records in El Salvador, unless those records are indexed.
 
*Begin your search where you live.
 
*Begin your search where you live.
 
**Search for family records you might already have, such as deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates, journals, etc.
 
**Search for family records you might already have, such as deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates, journals, etc.

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El Salvador Gotoarrow.png Quick Start Guide

Information about Records[edit | edit source]

How to Search for ancestors if little information is known[edit | edit source]

  • Knowing the location where your ancestor lived is key to finding records in El Salvador, unless those records are indexed.
  • Begin your search where you live.
    • Search for family records you might already have, such as deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates, journals, etc.
    • Ask family members about your ancestor - cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, etc.
    • Search records of immigration into the Unites States to learn where your ancestors came from and when they arrived.
  • Continue your search in El Salvador

How to Search for ancestors if some information is known[edit | edit source]

  • Search the online indexed records.
    • Limit your search by country of El Salvador, this will eliminate similar records from other countries.
    • Do not assume the results show your ancestor, check it out carefully. A result should substantially match the information you already know to be correct, to be considered your ancestor.
    • Try a variety of searches with the ancestor's name, with or without parents' names, or just the parents' names.
    • Search for Death records, then Marriage records and then Birth records. These records might lead to the names of their parents.
  • The most important of the online indexed records are the El Salvador Civil Registration. Only a few parts are non-indexed.

How to Search for ancestors if none of the above works[edit | edit source]

  • Manually search the non-indexed records.
    • They must be searched image by image, unless you can identify the locality or the time period to narrow down the search.
    • Some of these records were indexed in El Salvador. Look for that index first and save yourself time and effort.
  • Manually search the Image Only Historical Records. The most important of these records are the El Salvador Catholic Church Records They cover a large number of people over a long period of time. Click on the "Browse through ... images" near the bottom.
  • If you believe the index missed the record for your ancestor, then Manually search the Indexed Historical Records. The most important of these records are the El Salvador Civil Registration Records Click on the "Browse through ... images" near the bottom.
  • Manually search the records in the Family Search Catalog for El Salvador. Most of these records are only on microfilm or microfiche.

Additional Helps[edit | edit source]