Dominican Republic Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout the Dominican Republic. Authorized priests received an order from the Queen of Spain to record the events of baptism, marriage, and burial of his parish jurisdiction. The records were to be recorded in registers that were kept at the parish level archive, and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten in formatted registers. All records are written in Spanish; some may include some Latin words. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.  
 
The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout the Dominican Republic. Authorized priests received an order from the Queen of Spain to record the events of baptism, marriage, and burial of his parish jurisdiction. The records were to be recorded in registers that were kept at the parish level archive, and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten in formatted registers. All records are written in Spanish; some may include some Latin words. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.  

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

República Dominicana. Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica.

Record Description

This collection will include records from 1590 to 1955. For a complete list of all the parishes in contained in this collection, click here

The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout the Dominican Republic. Authorized priests received an order from the Queen of Spain to record the events of baptism, marriage, and burial of his parish jurisdiction. The records were to be recorded in registers that were kept at the parish level archive, and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten in formatted registers. All records are written in Spanish; some may include some Latin words. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.

The Catholic Church records of the Dominican Republic are the best reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1944, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page

Citations for This Collection

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

Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic Roman Catholic Church Records. Catholic parishes throughout Dominican Republic.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on most baptism records include the following:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Birth date of child
  • Parents’ names
  • Grandparents’ names
  • Godparents’ names

The key genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Groom's age, origin, civil status and occupation
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's age, origin, civil status and residence
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnesses' names

The key genealogical facts found on most of these death or burial records include the following:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age, civil status, and origin of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Parents' names
  • Burial place

How to Use the Records

To search the collection, select Browse on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Provincia 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.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index, if it's available. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, there may be optical character recognition errors.

When browsing the collection, it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 June, 2012), Barahona > Barahona > Santa Cruz > Bautismos 1874-1925 > image 982 of 991 images, Miguel Angel, 1898; citing Parroquia Santa Cruz, Barahona, Dominican Republic.