Paraguay, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Paraguay
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Location of Paraguay
Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Church
Collection years: 1754-2015
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Paraguay, registros parroquiales, 1754-2015
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains Catholic Church parish records for the years 1754-2015, which includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, and miscellaneous parish records covering localities for the country of Paraguay. The text of the records is handwritten, mostly in narrative form. In later years, the text was handwritten in formatted records.

Church registers are created by the priest in charge of the parish where the ordinance was performed. The original records are kept in a register in the local parish archive and a duplicate copy is usually sent to the corresponding diocese or archdiocese for archival preservation.

The priests were authorized and requested to create the registers in order to keep a record of all the sacramental ordinances, such as baptisms, marriages, and deaths, in the life of his parishioners. Before the civil registration was implemented in 1880, civil authorities used the church records as a civil documentation.

Catholic Church parish registers of birth, death, and marriage are the primary source and most reliable records for genealogical research in Paraguay. After 1880, it is recommended to also use the civil records.

As of 11 July 2017 this collection included records from the following departments.

Department
Amambay
Caaguazú
Caazapá
Central
Concepción
Cordillera
Distrito Capital
Guairá
Itapúa
Misiones
Ñeembucú
Paraguarí
San Pedro

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 Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records often include the following information:

Baptismal Records

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Child’s birth date
  • Parents’ names
  • Name of godparents
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage Records

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Place of residence
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Bride and groom’s age, civil status, residence and origin
  • Bride and groom's parent's names
  • Names of officiant at marriage

Death Records

  • Name of the deceased person
  • Date and place of death
  • Age, civil status and residence of deceased
  • Sometimes, the name of the spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, names of parents
  • Date and place of burial

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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.

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  1. Select Department
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

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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.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Cite the record entry for future reference. Save or print a copy of the image if possible. The image citation is available by clicking on the information tab at the bottom left of the screen where you’ve found your ancestor.
  • 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 death date or age along with the place of death to find birth 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 Paraguay 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. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • 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.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Or try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.


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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
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