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Title in the Language of the Record
Paraguay. Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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.
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- Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Paraguay. Catholic Church records. Catholic parishes in Paraguay.
These baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Name and gender of child
- Child's birth date
- Parents’ names
- Godparents’ names
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's age, civil status, residence and origin
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's age, civil status, residence and origin
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses
- Names of officiant at marriage
These burial/death records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name of the deceased person
- Age, civil status and residence of deceased
- Sometimes, the name of spouse, if married
- Sometimes, names of parents
- Burial place
How to Use the Records
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⇒ 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.
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"Paraguay,Catholic Church Records 1754-1981," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: 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.