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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
This Collection will include records from 1635 to 1981.
The collection includes baptisms, marriages, and deaths for parishes in the Buenos Aires Province. Earlier registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms.
In 1886 the civil government began keeping vital records (civil registration). If you are looking for ancestors who came before this time, then the Catholic Church parish registers are the best records available to identify these individuals, since church records were around for hundreds of years prior to civil registration.
For a list of localities, events and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
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- Parishes in the Buenos Aires Province. Catholic Church Records. Diocesan archives in the Buenos Aires Province.
These birth records usually contain the following information:
- Place of event
- Date of event
- Name of child
- Child’s birth date
- Father’s name
- Mother’s name
- Parents' residence
- Godparents names
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date of event
- Place of event
- Groom's name
- Groom’s civil status, age and origin
- Names of groom's parents
- Parents place of residence
- Bride's name
- Bride’s civil status, age and origin
- Names of bride's parents
- Parents place of residence
These death records usually contain the following information:
- Event date and location
- Name of deceased
- Gender, age, race of deceased
- Date and place of birth
- Religion, civil status
- Date of death and time
- Cause of death
How to Use the Record
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the “Ciudad o Pueblo” category
⇒ Select the “Parroquia” category
⇒ Select the “Tipo de Registro y Años” that takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Keep in mind:
- The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the records of nearby localities.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 April 2012), Dolores > Nuestra Senora de los Dolores > Bautismos 1865 > Image 200 of 411, Juana Elena Bribio, 20 July 1865; citing Registros parroquiales, 1884-1889, Iglesia Católica. San Ponciano (La Plata, Buenos Aires), Archivo de la Arquidiócesis de La Plata.
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