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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Perú.

Collection Time Period

This collection of church records covers the years 1603 to 1992.

Record Description

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.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:

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  • Place of baptism
  • Date of baptism
  • Gender of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the child baptized 
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence of the parents
  • Paternal grandparents’ names
  • Maternal grandparents’ names
  • Godparents’ names

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:

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  • Place of marriage
  • Date of marriage
  • Names of the groom and bride
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Groom and Bride’s ages
  • Groom and Bride’s marital history
  • Groom and Bride’s parents

The key genealogical facts found in most death or burial records include:

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  • 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
  • Legitimacy (not always)
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Age at time of death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death

How to Use the Record

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

When searching the index 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
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Record History

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.

Why the Record Was Created

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.

Record Reliability

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.

Related Websites

Peru - The WorldGenWeb Project

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

“Peru Catholic Church Records,” images, FamilySearch; from Archivo Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru.“Peru, Catholic Church.” National Archive of Peru, Lima, Peru. FHL microfilms. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Example of Source Citations for a Record Found in This Collection

  • “Peru, Catholic Church records, 1687-1992,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012), entry for Reynaldo Santos Rivas and Mercedes Maura Chumpitaz Nunez,  married 27 June 1992;  citing Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687-1992, > Lima > Lurin > San Pedro > Expedientes Matrimoniales 1990-1992 > image no. 2001 of 2930 images; citing Iglesia Catolica. San Pedro (Lurin, Lima). Vault INTL Film 2245977.   
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