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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de la Provincia de La Rioja, Argentina
This collection of church records for the period of 1714 to 1970 includes baptisms, marriages, and burials for parishes in the La Rioja Province. Earlier registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms. Catholic Church parish registers are the major records available to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1930. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics, which by law includes people of all religions. For genealogical purposes, the information in civil sources confirms and supplements the information in church records. Records from some of these parishes have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records or images will be published as they become available.
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Citation for This Collection
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- Parishes in La Rioja Province. Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records. Archivo Diocesano de La Rioja, Argentina.
Key genealogical facts found in baptismal records may include:
- Date and place of baptism
- Name of child
- Child's birth date and place of birth
- Parents' names
- Parent's origin and residenc
- Names of godparents
Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of groom
- Groom’s age, civil status, nationality, occupation and residence
- Groom's parents' names
- Name of bride
- Bride’s age, civil status, nationality and residence
- Bride's parents' names
- Names of witnesses
Key genealogical facts found in death records may include:
- Date and place of death
- Name of deceased and residence
- Age of deceased
- Marital status
- Name of spouse
- Cause of death
How to Use the Record
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⇒ Select the “Ciudad o Pueblo” category
⇒ Select the “Parroquia” category
⇒ Select the “Tipo de Registro y Años” which 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.
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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“Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-12844-29669-35?cc=1974188&wc=14046734: accessed 10 September, 2012), Ulapes > Nuestra Señora del Rosario > Bautismos 1894-1909 > image 614 of 619 images, Maria Pia Aguirre, 1909; citing Parroquia de Ulappes, La Rioja, Argentina, Baptism. Ulapes, La Rioja, Argentina.