Paraguay, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Paraguay. Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica

Record Description

This collection of Catholic Church parish records includes the years 1754-1981.

This collection of Catholic Church parish records includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, and miscellaneous parish records covering localities for the country of Paraguay. The text of the records is handwritten in Spanish, 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.

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.

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.

For a list of records by department currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Paraguay. Catholic Church records. Catholic parishes in Paraguay.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in baptisms may include:
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  • Place of event
  • Date of event
  • Name of the child
  • Parents’ names
  • Grandparents’ names
  • Godparents’ names
Key genealogical facts found in marriages may include:
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  • Place and date of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Personal information of the bride and groom
  • Parents’ names of the bride and groom
  • Place of residence
Key genealogical facts found burials/deaths may include:
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  • Date and place of death
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Sometimes the names of the parents or spouse of the deceased person
  • Cause of death
  • Burial place

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Departamento" category
⇒ Select the "Ciudad o pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Parroquia" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Paraguay,Catholic Church Records 1754-1981," images, FamilySearch ( accessed 7 June 2012), Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-1981 > Amambay > Bella Vista > Bella Vista > Confirmaciones 1920 > Image 20 of 103 images, Betrona Bernarda and Benito Alfon, 1920; citing Republica del Paraguay, Various Catholic Church parishes, Registros parroquiales, 1754-1981, Archibishopric of Asuncion (Arzobispado de Asuncion) Asuncion, Paraguay.