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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Colombia
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.
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This collection of church records covers several parishes in dioceses and archdioceses of Colombia.
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 and another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.
This collection of parish records such as baptism, marriage, and burial may cover the years 1598 to the present.
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 Colombia prior to 1935, when the civil registration was implemented.
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- Catholic Church parishes in Colombia. Colombia Catholic Church Records. Parishes throughout Colombia.
The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records are:
- Place of baptism
- Date of baptism
- Gender of the child
- Date of birth
- Name of the child baptized
- Parents’ names
- Residence of the parents
- Paternal grandparents’ names
- Maternal grandparents’ names
- Godparents’ names
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- Place of marriage
- Date of marriage
- Names of the groom and bride
- Witnesses’ names
- Groom’s age
- Bride’s age
- Marital status of the groom and bride
- Groom’s parents
- Bride’s parents
The key genealogical facts found in most death or burial records are:
- Deceased’s place of burial
- Date of burial
- Age at time of death
- Deceased’s name
- Deceased’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married
- Parents’ names
- Residence of the deceased
- Age at time of death
- Place of death
- Cause of death
The key genealogical facts found in most child recognition records:
- Date of legal recognition
- Name of the father
- Father’s parents
- Father’s place of baptism
- Father’s marital status and spouse’s name
- Father’s age
- Father’s identification number and place of issue
- Name of the child being recognized
- Child’s place and date of baptism
- Mother’s name
- Mother’s parents
- Mother’s place of baptism
- Mother’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married
- Mother’s age
How to Use the Records
Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Colombia. The records of baptism, marriage, and death may contain important information about other generations of ancestors. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of civil registration in 1935. To find the record of an ancestor, a person needs to know at least the name of the ancestor and a place and approximate year of an event in the ancestor’s life. If indexes are available, it is suggested to check for the name there first.
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"Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XT71-R57 : accessed 15 May 2012), Antonio Pineda and Juana Bautista Orozco, married 5 July 1820; citing Marriage Records, Estudios monograficos: Marinilla, 1967.
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