Nicaragua, Chontales—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Parte A]


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image is an index or the data on the image does not match one of the record types being indexed in this project, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Record Type

Record Type

This project includes three record types: nacimiento (birth), defunción (death), matrimonio (marriage). To select the record type:

  1. Click in the Record Type field.
  2. Click the down arrow.
  3. Click the correct record type.

Click here to see an example: Birth

Page Number

Page Number

The page number was usually located at the top of the page, in the left or right corner. Do not confuse the page number and the certificate number, which is often written at the beginning of the record or in the margin next to the record.

If the document does not have a page number, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 347

Certificate Number

Certificate Number

The certificate number was often located at the beginning of the record or in the margin next to the record, but the location varies according to the type of record.

If the record does not have a certificate number, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 51

Birth Month

Birth Month

Type the first three letters of the month in which the birth took place: Ene, Feb, Mar, etc.

Do not confuse the birth date with the registration date, which was usually written first in the record. The date of birth was typically written about halfway through the record and is often located near the verb "nació."

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Ene

Birth Day

Birth Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day on which the birth took place.

Do not confuse the birth date with the registration date, which was usually written first in the record. The date of birth was typically written halfway through the record and is often located near the verb "nació."

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 11

Birth Year

Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the year in which the birth took place.

If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1965

Child's Given Names

Child's Given Names

The child's name was often written in multiple places in the record. It was often written at the beginning of the record or in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Sometimes an annotation was added in the margin or next to the record, modifying or correcting information such as the name of the child.

Type the most complete version of the given name, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record. If you aren't sure which part of the name is the given name and which part is the surname, you may be able to determine the surname by looking at the names of the parents.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or infant, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Francisco Antonio

Child's Surname

Child's Surname

The child's surname was often written in multiple places in the record. It was often written at the beginning of the record or in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Sometimes an annotation was added in the margin or next to the record, modifying or correcting information such as the name of the child.

Type the most complete version of the surname, taking into consideration all of the versions that were written in the record. Type only the surname in this field. If you aren't sure which part of the name is the given name and which part is the surname, you may be able to determine the surname by looking at the names of the parents. If you still aren't sure if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms such as baby or infant with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Chacón

Child's Gender

Child's Gender

Type either H for hombre (male) or M for mujer (female).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as a son or daughter. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: H

Child's Father's Given Names

Child's Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Francisco

Child's Father's Surname

Child's Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Chacón

Child's Mother's Given Names

Child's Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Minerva

Child's Mother's Surname

Child's Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Alvarado

Marriage Month

Marriage Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Ene, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Dic

Marriage Day

Marriage Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 17

Marriage Year

Marriage Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1949

Groom's Given Names

Groom's Given Names

The groom's name was often written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the given name, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record.

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Silvestre Cruz

Groom's Surname

Groom's Surname

The groom's name was often written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the surname, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record.

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Reyes

Bride's Given Names

Bride's Given Names

The bride's name was often written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the given name, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record.

The bride's given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field blank.

Click here to see an example: Zoila

Bride's Surname

Bride's Surname

The bride's name was often written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the surname, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record.

The bride's surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the bride's name was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field blank.

Click here to see an example: Espinoza

Groom's Father's Given Names

Groom's Father's Given Names

The groom's father's given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Father's Surname

Groom's Father's Surname

The groom's father's surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Mother's Given Names

Groom's Mother's Given Names

The groom's mother's given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Mother's Surname

Groom's Mother's Surname

The groom's mother's surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra, Dña, or Vda, with the name. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Father's Given Names

Bride's Father's Given Names

The bride's father's given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Father's Surname

Bride's Father's Surname

The bride's father's surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Mother's Given Names

Bride's Mother's Given Names

The bride's mother's given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Mother's Surname

Bride's Mother's Surname

The bride's mother's surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Dña, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Death Month

Death Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Ene, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: May

Death Day

Death Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 19

Death Year

Death Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1913

Deceased's Given Names

Deceased's Given Names

The deceased's name was always written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the given name, taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record.

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as infant, Sra, or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Berta Rosa

Deceased's Surname

Deceased's Surname

The deceased's name was often written in the margin next to the record as well as in the record itself. Type the most complete version of the surname taking into consideration all the versions that were written in the record

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as infant, Sr, Sra, or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Zambrano

Deceased's Gender

Deceased's Gender

Type either H for hombre (male) or M for mujer (female).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as a son, daughter, husband, or wife. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: M

Deceased's Age

Deceased's Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded or a child was stillborn, index the age as 0 (zero).

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1

Spouse's Given Names

Spouse’s Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Sra, Doña, or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Spouse's Surname

Spouse’s Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Dn, Sra, or Dña, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Deceased's Father's Given Names

Deceased's Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Juan

Deceased's Father's Surname

Deceased's Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Dn, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Zambrano

Deceased's Mother's Given Names

Deceased's Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the name in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Doña, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Luisa

Deceased's Mother's Surname

Deceased's Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sra or Doña, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Alvarado