Argentina Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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Encyclopedias provide information on all branches of knowledge or treat a specific topic comprehensively, usually in articles arranged alphabetically. They often contain information of great interest for genealogical research. They can include articles about towns and places, prominent people, minorities, and religions. They can give information about diverse topics such as record keeping practices, laws, customs, commerce, costumes, occupations, and archaic terminology.

The Family History Library has general knowledge encyclopedias. The library also has encyclopedias specifically published in Argentina or in a specific subject. Both types of encyclopedias are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:



The following encyclopedias may be particularly helpful in your research:

  • Santillán, Diego A. de, Gran Enciclopedia Argentina. (Grand Argentina Encyclopedia). 9 vols. Buenos Aires: Ediar, 1956. (FHL book 982 A5g.)
  • Schaefer, Christina K. Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc., 1998. (FHL book 929.11812 D26s.)

For information on language dictionaries, see Argentina Language and Languages.