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Salta Province, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1634-1972
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Argentina, Salta, registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of church records for the period of 1634 to 1972 includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for the cities of Cachi, Cafayate, Campo Santo, Cerrillos, Chicoana, El Galpón, El Tala, Iruya, La Viña, Metán, Molinos, Rivadavia, Rosario de Lerma, Rosario de la Frontera, Salta, San Carlos, San Ramón de la Nueva Orán and Santa Victoria in the province of Salta.

The parishes contained in the collection are San José, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, San Pablo, Nuestra Señora del Milagro, San Antonio de Padua, San Roque, San Pedro Nolasco, Santísimo Crucifijo, San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo, San Ramón Nonato and Santa Victoria.

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptismal records

  • Date of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Child's birth date
  • Parents' names and residence
  • Godparents names
  • (Future) spouse and date of marriage

Confirmation records

  • Name and age
  • Parents' names and legitimacy
  • Godparents

Marriage records

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of groom
  • Groom’s age, nationality, residence, occupation and race
  • Groom's parents' names and their residence
  • Name of bride
  • Bride’s age, nationality, residence, occupation and race
  • Bride's parents' names and their residence
  • Declaring witnesses' names, civil status and residence
  • Witnesses' names, civil status and residence or godparents

Death records

  • Date of event
  • Parish place
  • Name of deceased
  • Age, nationality, civil status and occupation of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Burial place

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

A Coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, Coverage Table, - FamilySearch Historical Records


How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’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.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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


What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Argentina.

Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
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