Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970 .
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|La Rioja, Argentina|
|Flag of the Republic of Argentina|
|Location of La Rioja, Argentina|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de la Provincia de La Rioja, Argentina|
|Catholic Church Parishes|
- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the 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).
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What Can This Collection Tell Me?
Baptismal records usually include the following information:
- 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 usually include the following information:
- Parents and legitimacy
Marriage records usually include the following information:
- 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 usually include the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name of deceased and residence
- Age of deceased
- Marital status
- Name of spouse
- Cause of death
This collection contains records from the following locations:
|City or Town||Parish||Record Type||Year Range|
|Aimogasta||Catedral Inmaculada Concepción||Baptism||1736-1924|
|Marriage||1741-1783, 1785-1869, 1871-1940|
|Death and Marriage||1862-1879|
|Chilecito||Corazón de Jesús||Baptism||1748-1864, 1870, 1873-1923|
|Death and Marriage||1794-1816|
|La Rioja||Convento de La Merced||Ecclesiastical Documents||1737-1878|
|San Nicolás de Bari||Baptism||1740-1800, 1806-1921|
|Olta||Virgen de la Candelaria||Baptism||1879-1896, 1900-1922|
|San Blas de los Sauces||San Blas||Marriage||1879-1925|
|Tama||Nuestra Señora del Rosario||Baptism||1783-1914|
|Baptism, Marriage, Death||1734-1927|
|Ulapes||Nuestra Señora del Rosario||Baptism||1847-1909|
|Villa Unión||Nuestra Señora del Rosario||Baptism||1820-1924|
How Do I Search the Collection?
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your relative’s first name or some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your relative and that your relative may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your relatives to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
|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.|
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
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What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. Keep in mind:
- 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.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
I Found Who 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 Who 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.
Citing This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Argentina, La Rioja, registros parroquiales, 1714-1970" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, La Rioja [Catholic Church parishes, La Rioja].
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