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Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1635-1981
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Catholic Church Parishes, Buenos Aires Province


Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Church records are important for genealogical research in Argentina. The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. They can help you trace and link families. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.

Civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.

What is in This Collection?

The collection contains baptisms, marriages, and deaths from 1635 to 1981. Early registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms. They are from parishes in the Buenos Aires Province as it existed at the end of the 20th century.

Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due to natural effects, such as humidity and insects, and more dramatic events such as fire, floods and earthquakes. Civil and political strife have also caused the destruction of parish books. Some records were destroyed or damaged because of poor storage. However, many records considered lost are simply misplaced or misidentified.

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 civil vital records of births, deaths, and marriages after 1886, see Argentina Civil Registration (Registro Civil).

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is often found in these records:

Birth Record

  • Place of event
  • Date of event
  • Name of child
  • Child’s birth date
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Parents’ residence
  • Godparents names

Marriage Record

  • 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
  • Parents place of residence
  • Witnesses

Death Record

  • Event date and location
  • Name of deceased
  • Gender, age, race of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Residence
  • Religion, civil status
  • Occupation
  • Date of death and timeOccupation
  • Cause of death

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Table

As of 20 December 2016 this collection included records from the following cities or towns:

City or Town City or Town City or Town City or Town City or Town City or Town
Adrogué Alberti Arrecifes Avellaneda Ayacucho Azul
Bahía Blanca Balcarce Baradero Bolívar Brandsen Cañuelas
Capilla del Señor Capitán Sarmiento Carhué Carmen de Areco Carmen de Patagones Chacabuco
Chascomús Chivilcoy Colón Coronel Dorrego Coronel Pringles Coronel Suárez
Dolores Ensenada General Alvear General La Madrid General Las Heras General Lavalle
General Paz General Pirán General Rodríguez Guaminí Juárez Junín
La Plata Laprida Las Flores Lobería Lobos Lomas de Zamora
Luján Magdalena Maipú Marcos Paz Mar del Plata Martín García
Mercedes Merlo Miramar Morón Navarro Necochea
Olavarría Pedro Luro Pergamino Pigüé Pilar Pontevedra
Puan Pueblo San José Quilmes Ramallo Ramos Mejía Río Colorado
Rivas Rojas Roque Pérez Saavedra Saladillo Salto
San Andrés de Giles San Fernando San Isidro San Justo San Martín San Miguel del Monte
San Nicolás San Ramón de Anchorena Santa María (incluye Coronel Suárez) San Vicente Suipacha Tandil
Tapalqué Tigre Trenque Lauquen Tres Arroyos Zárate

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select City or Town
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse 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 Argentina Census records
  • 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
  • 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

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Spanish name abbreviations

Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Record Finder

Consult the Argentina Record Finder to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Argentina, Buenos Aires, registros parroquiales, 1635-1981." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 11 October 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Buenos Aires [Catholic Church parishes, Buenos Aires Province].

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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