Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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La Rioja, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1714-1970
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de la Provincia de La Rioja, Argentina
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of church records for the period of 1714 to 1970 includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for the cities of Aimogasta, Anillaco, Chilecito, Famatina, La Rioja, Olta, San Blas de los Sauces, Tama, Ulapes and Villa Unión in the province of La Rioja.

The parishes contained in the collection are Catedral Inmaculada Concepción, San Antonio, Corazón de Jesús, San Pedro, Convento de La Merced, San Nicolás de Bari, Virgen de la Candelaria, San Blas and Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

General Information About Church Records

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).

Reading These Records

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

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Parent's origin and residence
  • Names of godparents

Confirmation records

  • Name
  • Age
  • Parents and legitimacy
  • Godparents

Marriage records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom
  • Groom’s age, civil status, nationality, occupation and residence
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Name of bride
  • Bride’s age, civil status, nationality and residence
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Names of witnesses

Death records

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased and residence
  • Age of deceased
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Cause of death

Collection Content

For additional details about these records and help using them see Argentina Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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Coverage Table

This collection contains records from the following locations:

City or Town Parish Record Type Year Range
Aimogasta Catedral Inmaculada Concepción Baptism 1736-1924
Confirmation 1861-1878, 1908-1914
Death 1783-1913
Marriage 1741-1783, 1785-1869, 1871-1940
Anillaco San Antonio Baptism 1862-1932
Confirmation 1878-1927
Death 1873-1954
Marriage 1881-1958
Death and Marriage 1862-1879
Chilecito Corazón de Jesús Baptism 1748-1864, 1870, 1873-1923
Confirmation 1861-1924
Death 1748-1864, 1871-1912
Marriage 1820-1930
Death and Marriage 1794-1816
Famatina San Pedro Baptism 1863-1928
Confirmation 1878-1929
Death 1875-1929
Marriage 1864-1960
La Rioja Convento de La Merced Ecclesiastical Documents 1737-1878
San Nicolás de Bari Baptism 1740-1800, 1806-1921
Confirmation 1783-1922
Death 1736-1931
Marriage 1714-1928
Olta Virgen de la Candelaria Baptism 1879-1896, 1900-1922
Confirmation 1886-1929
Marriage 1879-1925
San Blas de los Sauces San Blas Marriage 1879-1925
Tama Nuestra Señora del Rosario Baptism 1783-1914
Baptism, Marriage, Death 1734-1927
Marriage, Death 1783-1958
Ulapes Nuestra Señora del Rosario Baptism 1847-1909
Confirmation 1861, 1897-1919
Death 1848-1900
Marriage 1851-1927
Villa Unión Nuestra Señora del Rosario Baptism 1820-1924
Birth, Death 1776-1825
Confirmation 1861-1917
Death 1754-1825, 1861-1896
Marriage 1754-1938

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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


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?

  • 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 partner 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 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 church and land 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

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

  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the Argentina Record Finder to find other records

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, La Rioja, registros parroquiales, 1714-1970." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 20 March 2017. Parroquias Católicas (Catholic Church parishes), La Rioja.
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