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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Peru, go to the Religious Records page.

Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Roman Catholicism has been the predominant faith in Peru for centuries. As of the 2017 census, 76% of the population over 12 years old described themselves as Catholic, 14.1% as Evangelical, 4.8% as Protestant, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, and Jehovah's Witness, and 5.1% as nonreligious. [1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name

How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Peru.
b. Click on Places within Peru and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See the Spanish Letter Writing Guide for help with composing letters.

Anglican Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

The Anglican Church of South America
Calle Doña María 141
Los Rosales, Surco
Lima, LI 33

Email address:
Phone: +51 (0)1 449 0600

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Anglican Church of Peru is a diocese which is clearly both Peruvian and Anglican in its identity. Its roots and history go back to the first half of the nineteenth century with the arrival of English and N. American immigrants. But Peruvian congregations are now the overwhelming majority, even though there is still a live English-speaking congregation at the Cathedral.[2]

Baptist Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Church in Peru is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, the curia in Rome, and the Peruvian Episcopal Conference. Catholics compose an estimated 85-90% of Peru's population.[3]
By 1550 Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, Augustinians and Jesuits were all active in Peru.[4] The Spanish conquerors not only conquered Peru militarily, but also sought to convert the indigenous populations to Christianity. Many churches were built in the colonial period, the visible manifestation of Catholicism. The Peruvian government is closely allied with the Catholic Church. Article 50 of the Constitution recognizes the Catholic Church's role as "an important element in the historical, cultural, and moral development of the nation." Catholic clergy and laypersons receive state remuneration in addition to the stipends paid to them by the Church. This applies to the country's 52 bishops, as well as to some priests whose ministries are located in towns and villages along the borders. In addition each diocese receives a monthly institutional subsidy from the Government. An agreement signed with the Vatican in 1980 grants the Catholic Church special status in Peru. The Catholic Church receives preferential treatment in education, tax benefits, immigration of religious workers, and other areas, in accordance with the agreement. So Roman Catholicism could be considered the main religion of Peru. [5]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Online information is available to current members, for deceased members and immediate family members who are still living. Sign in to FamilySearch and then select Family Tree in the drop-down menu.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

An official branch (a small congregation) was organized in July 1956, missionaries began preaching in August, and a Church building was purchased in November. Prior to this, Latter-day Saint families living in Peru held group meetings. In 1959, when the Andes Mission was organized, there were 300 members in five congregations.

In January 1988, 32 years after missionary work began in Peru, seven stakes (diocese) were created in one weekend by a visiting Church Apostle, Elder M. Russell Ballard. Total Church Membership (2019): 605,043. Congregations: 759. [6]

Evangelical and Pentecostal Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Evangelical Church of Peru is a Reformed denomination in Peru that adheres to the Westminster Confession. The first congregation was founded in 1894 in Lima. In 1919 the Synod of 9 communities adopted the name Evangelical Church of Peru. It was constituted in 1946. Since the 1950s the church grew rapidly. The majority of congregations are in the Altiplano. It had 20,000 members and almost 2,000 parishes.[7]

Jehovah's Witnesses Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Asociación de los Testigos de Jehová
Jirón El Cortijo 329
Monterrico Chico

Telephone: +51 1-​708-​9000

Lutheran Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Missouri Synod[edit | edit source]

Iglesia Evangelica Luterana-Peru
Lanificio 205
Arequipa (054)
Peru (0051)

Phone: 054-424-492
Mobile: 054-9583-4692-3

Missions from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began in Peru in 1997 to help with flood relief and medical care. The IEL-P became a member of the International Lutheran Council in 2007.

German Speaking[edit | edit source]

The German speaking Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Lima was founded 1898 by German emigrants. There are contractual ties with the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany). In majority the members of the Evangelic Lutheran Church in Lima are German, Peruvian, Austrian / Swiss Reformed, Lutheran and United denomination.[8]

Methodist Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

(Iglesia Metodista del Perú, IMP) Methodist work in Peru dates back to the late 1870s. It failed because of the Pacific War between Peru, Chile and Bolivia. After the war mission work resumed, especially in Lima and the seaport city of Callao. The first Methodist church of Callao was founded in 1889. It was the first evangelical Spanish-speaking church in Peru. Most of the members were migrants from the rural areas. Marginalized by society, they found a warm welcome in the church. The vision of a developing and growing church led the missionaries to set up several colleges, which today are among the best educational institutions of the country. The Colegio América in Callao with 1,200 students is known throughout South America. Other large Methodist colleges exist in Lima, La Victoria, Huancayo, Tarma and Chincha. The Methodist Church of Peru became autonomous in 1970. [9]

Presbyterian Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The missionaries of Free Church of Scotland established this church. The first church work was started in 1921. The first church was built in Cajamarca in 1936 with 600 people present. The work spread to Tarapoto and Chachapoyas. The first General Assembly was held in 1963 with 5 presbyteries namely the Amazonas, Cajamarca, Lima, Celendin and San Martin, and the church become independent. The name of the denomination was Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Peru. The church had 3,000 members.

American Missionaries, of Bible Presbyterian Church, established another church in 1936. The first General assembly was held in 1970. The name of the denomination was National Presbyterian Church of Peru. In 1983 the church had 11 presbyteries with 8,000 members.

These churches were united in 1995 to form the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Peru. In the early 2000s the EPRCP had 140 congregations and 15,000 members in Peru.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "Anglican Church of Peru",, accessed 6 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Peru", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  4. "The Catholic Church in Peru", in,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Peru", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  6. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Peru,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Evangelical Church of Peru", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  8. 'Evangelic Lutheran Church in Peru, in LimaEasy,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  9. "Methodist Church in Peru", World Council of C,/ref>hurches,, accessed 6 March 2020.
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Peru", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 6 March 2020.