Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975
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|Flag of the Republic of Argentina|
|Location of Mendoza, Argentina|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en la Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina|
|Catholic Church Parishes|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection of church records for the period of 1665 to 1975, includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for cities in the province of Mendoza.
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:
- 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 information in these records usually include the following:
Baptismal and confirmation records
|Often additional information can be found in the margins of original records. For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.|
As of 19 of June 2017, this collection included records from the following cities, towns, and parishes:
|City or Town||Parish|
|Godoy Cruz||San Vicente Ferrer|
|Junín||Nuestra Señora del Rosario|
|La Consulta||San Carlos Borromeo|
|La Paz||San José|
|Las Heras||San Miguel Arcángel|
|La Valle||Nuestra Señora del Rosario|
|Luján de Cuyo||Nuestra Señora de Luján|
|Maipú||Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria|
|Malargüe||Nuestra Señora del Rosario|
|Malargüe y Villa Atuel||Inmaculada Concepción and Nuestra Señora del Rosario|
|Mendoza||Catedral Nuestra Señora de Loreto and San Nicolás de Tolentino|
|Rivadavia||San Isidro Labrador|
|San Martín||Nuestra Señora de Carmen|
|San Rafael||San Rafael Arcángel|
|Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa de Lima|
|Tunuyán||Nuestra Señora del Carmen|
|Tupungato||Nuestra Señora del Socorro|
|Villa Nueva||Sagrada Familia|
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.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
View The Images
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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?
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 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
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times. Transcription errors could also occur in any handwritten record. And it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
- If you get stuck and can’t read a document or you’re not sure where to go next in your research, you can ask for help through 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
- 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
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, Mendoza, registros parroquiales, 1665-1975." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 June 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Mendoza [Catholic Church parishes, Mendoza].
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