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Access the records: Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 .
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 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.
Citation for This Collection
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- Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Peru. Catholic Church Records. Archivo Nacional del Perú, Lima.
These baptismal 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
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
- 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
These burial records usually contain the following information:
- 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
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.
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“Peru, Catholic Church records, 1630-1992,” images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 24 April2012), Peru, Catholic Church records, 1630-1992 > La Libertad > Huamachuco > San Agustin > Matrimonios 1937 > image 8 of 71; entry for Jose Miguel Cuta married to Petronila Garcia, 10 February 1837; Peru Catholic Church Records,” images, FamilySearch; from Archivo Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru FHL microfilms. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.