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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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'''Puerto Rico Registros da Iglesia Católica'''
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This collection of Catholic Church records covers the years 1645-1969.  
 
This collection of Catholic Church records covers the years 1645-1969.  
  
== Record History  ==
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This collection of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico. These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.
  
The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout Puerto Rico. At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Dioceses of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese`s name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).  
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The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout Puerto Rico. At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Dioceses of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese's name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).  
  
 
Most of the citizens in the earlier time of Puerto Rico professed the Roman Catholic religion. In later years, other religions have been organized in the island. At present, statistics indicate about 75 percent of the population may be Catholic; the rest of the population belong to other religions.  
 
Most of the citizens in the earlier time of Puerto Rico professed the Roman Catholic religion. In later years, other religions have been organized in the island. At present, statistics indicate about 75 percent of the population may be Catholic; the rest of the population belong to other religions.  
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created  ===
 
  
 
Priests in their jurisdiction created registers to keep a record of the events in their members’ lives, such as baptisms and confirmations, marriages, and death or burials. Priests also kept registers for other ecclesiastical records related to their administration.  
 
Priests in their jurisdiction created registers to keep a record of the events in their members’ lives, such as baptisms and confirmations, marriages, and death or burials. Priests also kept registers for other ecclesiastical records related to their administration.  
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
  
 
The Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.  
 
The Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1807092/waypoints Browse].
  
This collection of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico. These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
'''The key genealogical facts found on most baptism records include:'''
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{{Collection citation | text= "Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
  
*Place of event
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[[Puerto Rico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*Date of event
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*Name of child
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*Parent's names
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*Grandparent's names
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*Godparent's names
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records include:'''
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR baptism.jpg|Baptism
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR marriage.jpg|Marriage
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR death.jpg|Death
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*Place and Date of the event
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'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''
*Names of bride and groom
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*Personal information of bride and groom
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*Parents of bride and groom
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*Place of residence
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Child's name and gender
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*Child's legitimacy
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*Child's date and place of birth
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*Parents' names, their origin and residence
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*Names of paternal grandparents
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*Names of maternal grandparents
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*Names of godparents
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*Future marriage information may be found in the margin(s)
  
'''The key genealogical facts found on most death or burial records include:'''  
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of death
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*Date and place of marriage
*Name of deceased person
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*Groom's name, age, marital status and origin
*Sometimes the parents or spouse names of deceased person
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*Names of groom's parents
*Cause of death
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*Bride's name, age, marital status and origin
*Burial place
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Names of witnesses
  
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'''These death/burial records usually contain the following information:'''
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*Name, age and gender of deceased
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*Date and place of death
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*Parents' names and their origin and residence
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*Sometimes, name of spouse, if married
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*Sometimes, burial information
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Nombre de Municipio" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Nombre de Parroquia" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" category which takes you to the images.
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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.
  
 
The Catholic Church records are of great importance in the research of ancestors in Puerto Rico. Records include the vital information of the principal person and may include vital information of parents and grandparents, or even other relatives, which may help to identify other branches of the family.  
 
The Catholic Church records are of great importance in the research of ancestors in Puerto Rico. Records include the vital information of the principal person and may include vital information of parents and grandparents, or even other relatives, which may help to identify other branches of the family.  
  
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Puerto Rico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prwgw/index.html Puerto Rico GenWeb]
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*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/puerto_rico.htm Puerto Rico Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates]
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*[http://www.prfaa.com/services.asp?id=44 Vital records in Puerto Rico]
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/PuertoRico.pdf BYU Research Outline for Puerto Rico]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prhgs/archives.htm Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.prroots.com/ PRROOTS.com – Hispanic Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prwgw/military.htm Puerto Rican Ancestors in Spanish and American Military Records ]<br>
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
== Sources of This Collection  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
  
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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]].  
  
==== How to Cite Your Sources ====
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
  
''Instructions for citing this source can be found at: Cite Your Sources (Source Footnotes)&nbsp;''
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“Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969,” index and images, ''''FamilySearch'''' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 March 2012), San Francisco de Asis&gt; baptisimos 1858-1861&gt;Nicholas Davila, 1858, image 25 of 222. Archivo Histórico de la Arquidiócesis de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
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Revision as of 20:13, 1 March 2013

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Puerto Rico Registros da Iglesia Católica

Record Description

This collection of Catholic Church records covers the years 1645-1969.

This collection of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico. These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.

The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout Puerto Rico. At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Dioceses of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese's name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).

Most of the citizens in the earlier time of Puerto Rico professed the Roman Catholic religion. In later years, other religions have been organized in the island. At present, statistics indicate about 75 percent of the population may be Catholic; the rest of the population belong to other religions.

Priests in their jurisdiction created registers to keep a record of the events in their members’ lives, such as baptisms and confirmations, marriages, and death or burials. Priests also kept registers for other ecclesiastical records related to their administration.

The Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's legitimacy
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents' names, their origin and residence
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents
  • Future marriage information may be found in the margin(s)

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, age, marital status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name, age, marital status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

These death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Parents' names and their origin and residence
  • Sometimes, name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, burial information

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 "Nombre de Municipio" category
⇒ Select the "Nombre de 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.

The Catholic Church records are of great importance in the research of ancestors in Puerto Rico. Records include the vital information of the principal person and may include vital information of parents and grandparents, or even other relatives, which may help to identify other branches of the family.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

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

“Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969,” index and images, 'FamilySearch' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 March 2012), San Francisco de Asis> baptisimos 1858-1861>Nicholas Davila, 1858, image 25 of 222. Archivo Histórico de la Arquidiócesis de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.