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Guide to '''Province of La Rioja family history and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, church records, parish registers, and civil registration.
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*The [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410078 1895 Argentina national census] is now available online at FamilySearch.
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*The [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462401 1869 national census] is also available online at FamilySearch.
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==History==
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*In 1813 Cuyo's intendancy was created, and General José de San Martín assumed the position of governor, separating from the control of Córdoba, Mendoza, San Juan and San Luis, leaving La Rioja under the dependency of Córdoba.
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*There was a period of anarchy until Facundo Quiroga managed to impose himself with his rural militias and stabilize the government by appointing Nicolás Dávila in September 1821.
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*La Rioja was one of the thirteen provinces signatories of the Argentine Constitution of 1853, by which the Argentine Republic was constituted.
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*On February 3, 1881, an interprovincial treaty was signed with the province of San Luis, defining the boundaries between both provinces.
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*The province of La Rioja has a population of approximately 388,000 people. <ref>Wikipedia Collaborators, "Provincia de La Rioja (Argentina)," In ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'', https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provincia_de_La_Rioja_(Argentina). Visited November 27, 2017.</ref>
  
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*[[Province of La Rioja Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
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*[[Arauco, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Arauco]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Biography|Biography]]  
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*[[Capital, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Capital]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
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*[[Castro Barros, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Castro Barros]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Census|Census]]  
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*[[Chamical, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Chamical]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Church Directories|Church Directories]]  
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*[[Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Chilecito]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Church History|Church History]]  
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*[[Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Coronel Felipe Varela]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Church Records|Church Records]]  
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*[[Famatina, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Famatina]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]  
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*[[General Ángel V. Peñaloza, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General Ángel V. Peñaloza]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
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*[[General Belgrano, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General Belgrano]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
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*[[Province of La Rioja Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|Encyclopedias and Dictionaries]]
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*[[General Juan Facundo Quiroga, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General Juan Facundo Quiroga]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Genealogy|Genealogy]]  
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*[[General Lamadrid, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General Lamadrid]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Geographic Dictionaries|Geographic Dictionaries]]  
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*[[General Ocampo, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General Ocampo]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]  
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*[[General San Martín, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|General San Martín]]
*[[Province of La Rioja History|History]]  
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*[[Independencia, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Independencia]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
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*[[Rosario Vera Peñaloza, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Rosario Vera Peñaloza]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Language and Languages|Languages]]  
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*[[San Blas de los Sauces, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|San Blas de los Sauces]]
*[[Province of La Rioja Maps|Maps]]  
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*[[Sanagasta, La Rioja, Argentina Genealogy|Sanagasta]]
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*[[Province of La Rioja Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Province of La Rioja Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Argentina Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]  
 
*[[Province of La Rioja Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
 
*[[Province of La Rioja Societies|Societies]]
 
  
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Argentina will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
*[http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com Hispanic Genealogy Blog]  
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*[http://genargentina.com.ar/ Genealogía Argentina]
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==Civil Registration==
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*Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships. <br>
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* Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1886. Even though the law was passed in 1886 most of the provinces started keeping records at different times. Most had the system going by 1900.
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*Every municipal district was to make duplicate copies of their books. In La Rioja they kept the original books and send the copies to the Archivo General de Tribunales in the Federal District. In the provinces they were to be send the copies to the provincial or judicial archives of each province.
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*According to the law, the public has liberal access to the civil records. The director of the civil archive is required to provide interested parties with a complete copy of any record, including marginal notes, under his jurisdiction.
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*The Family History Library has not microfilmed the civil registration records of Argentina. The Library's collection continues to grow as new records are microfilmed and added to the collection from numerous sources. Don't give up if records are not available yet. The FamilySearch Catalog is updated periodically. Check it again every year for the records you need.
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=== Locating Civil Registration Records  ===
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Civil registration records are kept at the local municipal district civil registration office (Dirección del Registro Civil). Therefore, you must determine the municipal district where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. The original book stays in the municipal office and duplicate copies are sent to the provincial or judicial archives of the province or the General Archive of the Tribunal in the federal district. Therefore, duplicates may also be available at the provincial level. If a letter to the town/city fails, write to the provincial office.<br>
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Your ancestor may have lived in a village that belonged civilly to a larger nearby town. In large cities, there may be many civil registration districts. You may need to use gazetteers and other geographic references to identify the place your ancestor lived and the civil registration office that served it.  See [http://archive.org/stream/diccionariogeog00soldgoog#page/n4/mode/2up Diccionario geográfico estadístico nacional argentino (1885)]. Although this gazetteer is in Spanish, the province is listed immediately after the name of the town. <br> 
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===Local Archives===
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Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Spanish. Use the following address:
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Dirección del Registro Civil<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oficina de Inscripciones y Rectificaciones<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html postal code)] (City), (Province), Argentina
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*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html '''Find the Argentina postal code here.''']
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====Provincial Archives and Tribunal Archives====
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These archives maintain the duplicates sent to them by the municipal districts. You may write to these archives and request searches of the records. The public has access to these records. For the province of L Rioja, you will need to write to the following address:
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Registro Provincial de las Personas<br>Dorrego 37 <br> CP 5300 La Rioja <br> Argentina<br>Telefono: 03822 4 53666
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After deciding who has jurisdiction over the records for the time period you need, write a brief request to the proper office.  Send the following:  
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*Full name and the sex of the person sought.
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*Names of the parents, if known.
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*Approximate date and place of the event.
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*Your relationship to the person.
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
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*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
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==Church Records==
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The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.
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Church records are crucial for genealogical research, since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.
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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
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'''Bautismos''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''Información matrimonial''' are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. '''Matrimônios'''' are marriages. '''Defunciones''' are deaths.  '''Entierros''' are burials'". Índice''' is the index.
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*'''1714-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1974188|Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1645-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1520570|Argentina Baptisms, 1645-1930}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records], index, incomplete.
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*'''1722-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|1520572|Argentina Marriages, 1722-1911}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records], index, incomplete.<br>
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=== 2.  Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. <br>
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To find a microfilm:
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=212489&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Argentina%2C%20La%20Rioja%22%20%2Bavailability%3AOnline ''' records for Argentina, Province of La Rioja'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Argentina, La Rioja"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|100px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
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=== 3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Argentina. Argentina has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
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Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html '''Find the Argentina postal code here.''']
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]]'''
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==Reading the Records==
  
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== Getting started with research in La Rioja  ==
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*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
  
''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''<br>
 
  
== Si usted entiende español  ==
 
  
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de Argentina en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí. Véase el enlace en la parte inferior de la página.
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==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
  
== Jurisdictions  ==
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Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.
  
Argentina is politically divided into 23 provinces and 1 autonomous city. Understanding political divisions is essential to doing family history, because these divisions determine where records are recorded and archived. To learn more about Argentina's political division. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Argentina Click here.] To see a list of other provinces we invite you to visit the [[Provinces of Argentina|Provinces of Argentina]] page.  
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*Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.  
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*Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
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*You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
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*Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.  
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.  
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*Search the death registers for all known family members.
  
 
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*[http://script.byu.edu How to read old handwriting tutorials]  
 
*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Argentina.pdf BYU Research Outline for Argentina]  
 
*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Argentina.pdf BYU Research Outline for Argentina]  
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/argentina-genealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Argentina]
 
 
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for Latin American Countries|IGI Batch Numbers]]  
 
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*'''1869''' - {{RecordSearch|1462401|Argentina, National Census, 1869}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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Guide to Province of La Rioja family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, church records, parish registers, and civil registration.

Province of La Rioja

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History[edit | edit source]

  • In 1813 Cuyo's intendancy was created, and General José de San Martín assumed the position of governor, separating from the control of Córdoba, Mendoza, San Juan and San Luis, leaving La Rioja under the dependency of Córdoba.
  • There was a period of anarchy until Facundo Quiroga managed to impose himself with his rural militias and stabilize the government by appointing Nicolás Dávila in September 1821.
  • La Rioja was one of the thirteen provinces signatories of the Argentine Constitution of 1853, by which the Argentine Republic was constituted.
  • On February 3, 1881, an interprovincial treaty was signed with the province of San Luis, defining the boundaries between both provinces.
  • The province of La Rioja has a population of approximately 388,000 people. [1]

Departments[edit | edit source]

General Ángel V. PeñalozaSanagastaCastro BarrosSan Blas de los SaucesAraucoChilecitoFamatinaGeneral LamadridVinchinaCoronel Felipe VarelaIndependenciaGeneral Juan Facundo QuirogaRosario Vera PeñalozaGeneral San MartínGeneral OcampoGeneral BelgranoChamicalCapitalLa Rioja Province Map.png

Getting started with research in La Rioja[edit | edit source]

See FamilySearch Tutorials on Latin American Research.

Most of your genealogical research for Argentina will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.
  • Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1886. Even though the law was passed in 1886 most of the provinces started keeping records at different times. Most had the system going by 1900.
  • Every municipal district was to make duplicate copies of their books. In La Rioja they kept the original books and send the copies to the Archivo General de Tribunales in the Federal District. In the provinces they were to be send the copies to the provincial or judicial archives of each province.
  • According to the law, the public has liberal access to the civil records. The director of the civil archive is required to provide interested parties with a complete copy of any record, including marginal notes, under his jurisdiction.
  • The Family History Library has not microfilmed the civil registration records of Argentina. The Library's collection continues to grow as new records are microfilmed and added to the collection from numerous sources. Don't give up if records are not available yet. The FamilySearch Catalog is updated periodically. Check it again every year for the records you need.


Locating Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records are kept at the local municipal district civil registration office (Dirección del Registro Civil). Therefore, you must determine the municipal district where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. The original book stays in the municipal office and duplicate copies are sent to the provincial or judicial archives of the province or the General Archive of the Tribunal in the federal district. Therefore, duplicates may also be available at the provincial level. If a letter to the town/city fails, write to the provincial office.

Your ancestor may have lived in a village that belonged civilly to a larger nearby town. In large cities, there may be many civil registration districts. You may need to use gazetteers and other geographic references to identify the place your ancestor lived and the civil registration office that served it. See Diccionario geográfico estadístico nacional argentino (1885). Although this gazetteer is in Spanish, the province is listed immediately after the name of the town.

Local Archives[edit | edit source]

Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Spanish. Use the following address:

Dirección del Registro Civil
        Oficina de Inscripciones y Rectificaciones
        (*postal code) (City), (Province), Argentina

Provincial Archives and Tribunal Archives[edit | edit source]

These archives maintain the duplicates sent to them by the municipal districts. You may write to these archives and request searches of the records. The public has access to these records. For the province of L Rioja, you will need to write to the following address:

Registro Provincial de las Personas
Dorrego 37
CP 5300 La Rioja
Argentina
Telefono: 03822 4 53666

After deciding who has jurisdiction over the records for the time period you need, write a brief request to the proper office. Send the following:

  • Full name and the sex of the person sought.
  • Names of the parents, if known.
  • Approximate date and place of the event.
  • Your relationship to the person.
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
  • Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.

Church records are crucial for genealogical research, since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records[edit | edit source]

For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

Bautismos are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. Información matrimonial are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. Matrimônios' are marriages. Defunciones are deaths. Entierros are burials'". Índice is the index.

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Argentina, Province of La Rioja.
b. Click on "Places within Argentina, La Rioja" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Argentina. Argentina has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Padre
Parroquia de (name of parish)
(postal code), (city), Corrientes
Argentina


When requesting information, send the following:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record


Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:




Tips for finding your ancestor in the records[edit | edit source]

Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Provincia de La Rioja (Argentina)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provincia_de_La_Rioja_(Argentina). Visited November 27, 2017.



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