Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Church Records
Collection years: 1560-1952
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Perú, Diócesis de Huacho, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1560-1952
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What is in This Collection?

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.

This collection contains Catholic Church records created by parishes in the diocese of Huacho, Peru. 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. Catholic Church parish registers were created by priests authorized to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances in their parish jurisdiction.

Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Peru prior to 1852, when the civil registration was implemented.

Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following guides:

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

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal records

  • Date and parish of baptism
  • Name and gender of person baptized
  • Child's date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Names of godparents

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, age, marital status and legitimacy
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of groom's godparents
  • Bride's name, age, marital status and legitimacy
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of bride's godparents
  • Witnesses’ names

Death Records

  • Date and place death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age and marital status of deceased
  • Spouse’s name, if married
  • Legitimacy (not always)
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Cause of death

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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


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 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.
  • 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?

  • Peru Civil Registration are also a good source of 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 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
  • 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: Peru Emigration and Immigration
  • 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.

Record Finder

Consult the Peru Record Finder Table to find other 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
"Perú, Diócesis de Huacho, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1560-1952." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 5 April 2018. Diocesis de Huacho (Diocese fo Huacho), Peru.
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Image Citation:
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