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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Perú.
This collection of church records covers the years 1603 to 1992. The text of the records is in Spanish.
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 of church records covers several parishes in dioceses and archdioceses of Peru. Some of the records in this collection may have been created in a different ecclesiastical jurisdiction than the one where these are currently housed. All the sacramental ordinances were created, registered, and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. The parish jurisdiction may include sub-parishes in other nearby localities. One copy of the records is kept at the parish archive; another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.
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.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Record ContentBaptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and parish of baptism
- Name and gender of person baptized
- Child's date of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Names of godparents
- 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
- Date and place of burial
- Name of deceased
- Age and marital status of deceased
- Spouse’s name, if married
- Legitimacy (not always)
- Residence of the deceased
- Place of death
- Cause of death
How to Use the Record
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Department"
⇒ Select the appropriate "City or Town"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image 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.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. 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.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
|FHL Place Peru items or FHL Keyword Peru items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Peru Archives and Libraries.|
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- "Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Peru.
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