Ecuador, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1565-2011
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Ecuador, Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica.
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Parroquias Católicas, Ecuador (Catholic Church parishes, Ecuador).


What is in This Collection?

This is a collection of Catholic Church parish records from parishes in dioceses and archdioceses in Ecuador. It includes the years 1565 to 2011

All the records of sacramental ordinances were created, registered, and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. The parish jurisdiction may have included sub-parishes in nearby localities. One register was generally kept at the parish archive and another copy sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Ecuador prior to 1900, when the civil registration was implemented. For the most part, the records are handwritten in narrative form; only in later years are the records handwritten in formatted registers.

As of 10 July 2017 this collection included records from the following provinces.

Province
Azuay
Bolívar
Cañar
Carchi
Chimborazo
Cotopaxi
El Oro
Esmeraldas
Imbabura
Loja
Manabí

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

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptismal records Confirmation records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the baptism Date and place of confirmation Date and place of marriage Date and place of death
Name of child Name Names and ages of bride and groom Name of deceased
Date of birth Parents’ names Groom’s age Age and residence of deceased
Gender of child Godparents Bride’s age Cause of death
Parents’ names Marital status of the groom and bride Parents’ names of deceased
Names of godparents Groom’s parents’ names
Bride’s parents’ names
Witnesses' names

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching 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

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  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
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  1. Select Province
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Record Type and Years which takes you to 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.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, Now What?

  • 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. This can also help in finding them on any census records
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find birth records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • 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, Now What?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added
  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. See Ecuador 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
  • 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 these resources:

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.

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Collection Citation

"Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas (Catholic Church parishes), Ecuador.

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