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Access the records: Costa Rica Church Records 1595-1992 .
Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Costa Rica.
This Collection will include records from 1595 to 1902.
The parish records of the Archdiocese of San José de Costa Rica have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read, however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
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Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive, as it is done currently. Parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archdiocesan archive at the time of filming.
This collection of parish records covers about 90 to 95% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized in the archdiocesan archive at the time of microfilming.
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, burials, and other ordinances.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Costa Rica.
Citation for This Collection
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- Catholic Parishes in Costa Rica. Costa Rica, Church Records, Archivo Metropolitano de la Arquidiócesis de San José, Costa Rica.
Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church baptismal records include:
- Baptism date and place
- Name of person baptised
- When and where person was born
- Age at time of baptism
- Parents' names, residence, and/or place of birth
- Names of maternal and paternal grandparents
- Names of godparents
Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church marriage records include:
- Date and place of the marriage
- Name of groom
- Groom's age, civil status and occupation
- Groom's birth place and current residence
- Groom's parents' names
- Name of bride
- Bride's age, civil status and occupation
- Bride's birth place and current residence
- Bride's parents' names
- Godparents' names
- Names of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church death records include:
- Date and place of death
- Name and age of deceased
- Cause of death
- Name of spouse if married
- Residence of deceased
- Name of cemetery
How to Use the Records
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Costa Rica. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1887.
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