Colombia, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1576-2014
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Colombia, Registros Parroquiales y Diocesanos, 1576-2014
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages, pre-marriage investigations, marriage dispensations, deaths, and indexes for parishes throughout Columbia from 1576-2014.

These records were created by priests. The earlier records from this collection are all handwritten in a narrative format. Some later records are handwritten on printed forms, which may vary slightly from one priest to another. Generally, these records were written in chronological order. In smaller parishes, one book was used for all the ordinances (such as baptism, marriage, and death). In larger cities, records of the different types of sacred ordinances were kept in separate books. Confirmations were generally written in the baptismal registers. Some of the older records are damaged, but most of the genealogical information can be extracted.

For a complete list of all the parishes included in this collection, see the Parishes in Colombia coverage table.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Death records

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of burial
  • Cause of death
  • Legitimacy
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse if married
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence of deceased

Marriage records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name, age, and origin of groom
  • Name, age, and origin of bride
  • Legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Names of witnesses

Baptismal records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender
  • Father's name
  • Father's marital status
  • Father's age and place of baptism
  • Names of father's parents
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Mother's name
  • Mother's marital status
  • Mother's age and place of baptism
  • Names of mother's parents
  • Names of witnesses and their identification information

Child recognition records

  • Date of legal recognition
  • Name of the father
  • Father’s parents
  • Father’s place of baptism
  • Father’s marital status and spouse’s name
  • Father’s age
  • Father’s identification number and place of issue
  • Name of the child being recognized
  • Child’s place and date of baptism
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s parents
  • Mother’s place of baptism
  • Mother’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married
  • Mother’s age

Collection Content

Sample Images

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.
  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 Department
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. 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?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • 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 residence and names of the parents to locate civil records Colombia Civil Registration
  • 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
  • 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

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

  • Consult the Colombia Record Finder to find other records
  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of you 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. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Colombia Emigration and Immigration records
  • The following is a link to a video (in Spanish) about emigration and immigration within and to Colombia: El Transporte en Colombia y las Migraciones
  • Also, view this video (in Spanish) about other record types that can help you learn about your ancestor: Los Abundantísimos Registros no Eclesiásticos

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to 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. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated 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

"Colombia, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1576-2014." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 24 February 2018. La Arquidiocesis de Caragena (The Archdiocese of Cartagena), Columbia.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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