Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 .
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|Buenos Aires, Argentina|
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|Location of Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Buenos Aires Province|
- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What Is In The Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Contents
- 5 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Known Issues With This Collection
- 8 Citing This Collection
- 9 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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 The 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).
As of 20 December 2016 this collection included records from the following cities or towns:
|City or Town||City or Town||City or Town|
|Capilla del Señor||Capitán Sarmiento||Carhué|
|Carmen de Areco||Carmen de Patagones||Chacabuco|
|Coronel Dorrego||Coronel Pringles||Coronel Suárez|
|General La Madrid||General Las Heras||General Lavalle|
|General Paz||General Pirán||General Rodríguez|
|La Plata||Laprida||Las Flores|
|Lobería||Lobos||Lomas de Zamora|
|Marcos Paz||Mar del Plata||Martín García|
|Puan||Pueblo San José||Quilmes|
|Ramallo||Ramos Mejía||Río Colorado|
|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)|
Reading These Records
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information is often found in these records:
How Do I Search the 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
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For Help Reading These Records
For help reading these Spanish records, see the following wiki articles:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- Reading Spanish handwritten records
- Script tutorial for Spanish
- Argentina Language and Languages
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.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
- Cite the record entry for future reference. Save or print a copy of the image if possible. The image citation is available by clicking on the information tab at the bottom left of the screen where you’ve found your ancestor.
- 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 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.
- Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find birth records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate Argentina Land Property 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.
- Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives 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.
- 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's.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?
- 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.
- Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. See Argentina Civil Registration for further 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
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
- 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.
- Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.
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Citing This Collection
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- "Argentina, Buenos Aires, registros parroquiales, 1635-1981." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Buenos Aires [Catholic Church parishes, Buenos Aires Province].
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