Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971
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|Flag of the Republic of Argentina|
|Location of Catamarca, Argentina|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Catamarca, Argentina|
|National Registry of Argentina|
- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Content
- 5 How Do I Search This 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 crucial for genealogical research, since 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.
Church records are the most important records 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.
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).
What is in This Collection?
This collection of church records includes baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records for the Catamarca Province for the years 1724 to 1971. Earlier registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms.
Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- Reading Spanish handwritten records
- Script tutorial for Spanish
- Argentina Language and Languages
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
|Don’t overlook important information found in the margins of original records. For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.|
As of 14 February 2018 this collection included records from the following cities or towns:
|City or Town||City or Town||City or Town|
|Recreo||San José||Santa María|
How Do I Search This Collection?
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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- Select Parish
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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?
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
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, What Now?
- 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
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names or Spanish name abbreviations
- Also, immigration/emigration records can be useful to find ancestors
- 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
- If you are unable to read a document or you’re not sure where to go next in your research, you can ask for help through these resources:
- Hispanic Genealogy Research community on Facebook is a page sponsored by FamilySearch and here you may also post a question or upload an image of a document for further assistance. The Hispanic Genealogy Research page is designed especially for those who have Hispanic ancestry but may not be fluent in Spanish. Be sure to click like on the page on your first visit so you can receive information and updates from the page in your news feed
- Investigación Genealógica en Argentina is another FamilySearch research community page on Facebook where you can post questions and upload images of documents. Most of the posts on this page are in Spanish but you are welcome to post on the page in English. Be sure to click like on the page on your first visit so you can receive information and updates from the page in your news feed
- 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
Consult the Argentina Record Finder to find other records
Known Issues With This Collection
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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, Catamarca, registros parroquiales, 1724-1971." Database and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 March 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Catamarca (Catholic Church parishes, Catamarca).
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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