Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975
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|Santa Fe Province, Argentina|
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|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Santa Fe, 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?
This collection includes Catholic Church records created by parishes and dioceses in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. These records include: baptisms, confirmations, marriages, pre-marriage investigations, deaths, and indexes. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.
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 is a collection of church records for the period of 1634 to 1975. It includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for the parishes in the Santa Fe province.
Reading These Records
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
For additional details about these records and help using them see Argentina Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical 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 24 January 2018 this collection included records from the following cities or towns:
|City or Town||City or Town||City or Town||City or Town||City or Town||City or Town|
|Alcorta||Armstrong||Arroyo Seco||Cañada de Gómez||Carcarañá||Carlos Pellegrini|
|Carmen||Casilda||Chabás||Colonia Belgrano||Colonia Dolores||Coronda|
|Llambí Campbell||Mariano Saavedra||Matilde||Máximo Paz||Melincué||Montes de Oca|
|San Carlos Centro||San Carlos Norte||San Genaro Norte||San Gregorio||San Javier||San Jerónimo Norte|
|San Jorge||San José de la Esquina||San José del Rincón||San Justo||San Lorenzo||San Martín de las Escobas|
|San Martín Norte||San Pedro, Cayastacito y Dolores||Santa Clara de Buena Vista||Santa Fe||Santa Rosa de Calchines||Santo Tomé|
|Venado Tuerto||Villa Constitución|
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The place where the event occurred
- The first name of the person
- The approximate date of the event
- The name of the parents or spouse
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select City or Town
- Select Parish
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see 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?
- Add any new information to your records
- Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional
- 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 Who 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
- Immigration/Emigration records can also 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.
- 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
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Argentina.
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, Santa Fe, registros parroquiales, 1634-1975." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 18 September 2018. Parroquias Católicas (Catholic Church parishes), Santa Fe.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
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