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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1737-1977
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Capital Federal
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Catholic Church Parishes, Buenos Aires


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records dating from 1737 to 1977 and contains baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records from parishes in the Buenos Aires City as it existed at the end of the 20th century. Earlier registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms.

Argentina is subdivided into twenty-three provinces (Spanish: provincias, singular provincia) and one autonomous city (ciudad autónoma), Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation (Spanish: Capital Federal) as decided by Congress.

Buenos Aires City, or Capital Federal, was founded in 1580 (after an aborted attempt 40 years earlier) and was part of the provinces in the area—first Asunción then Buenos Aires—until 1880, when the city was separated from Buenos Aires Province and federalized (put under direct control of the national government).

These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.


General Information About Church Records

Church records are crucial for genealogical research, since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.

Church records are the most important records for genealogical research in Argentina. The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. They can help you trace and link families. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.

Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due to natural effects, such as humidity and insects, and more dramatic events such as fire, floods and earthquakes. Civil and political strife have also caused the destruction of parish books. Some records were destroyed or damaged because of poor storage. However, many records considered lost are simply misplaced or misidentified.

In 1886 the civil government began keeping vital records (civil registration). If you are looking for ancestors who came before this time, then the Catholic Church parish registers are the best records available to identify these individuals, since church records were around for hundreds of years prior to civil registration. For civil vital records of births, deaths, and marriages after 1886, see Argentina Civil Registration (Registro Civil).

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977.

Collection Contents

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Coverage Table

As of 20 December 2016 this collection included records from the following parishes:

Parish Parish Parish
Inmaculada Concepción Nuestra Señora de Balvanera Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Nuestra Señora de La Merced Nuestra Señora de la Piedad
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Nuestra Señora del Pilar Nuestra Señora del Socorro
Nuestra Señora de Montserrat San Bernardo San Carlos Borromeo
San Cristóbal San José de Flores San Juan Evangelista
San Miguel Arcángel San Nicolás de Bari San Pedro González Telmo
Santa Lucía, Virgen y Mártir

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of Child
  • Child's birth date
  • Father’s name
  • Father’s origin and age
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s origin and age
  • Parents' residence
  • Names of godparents

Confirmation records usually contain the following information:

  • Confirmation date
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of groom
  • Groom’s age, race, origin and civil status
  • Groom’s place of residence
  • Groom's religion
  • Groom's occupation
  • Names of groom's parents and their origin
  • Can read and write
  • Name of bride
  • Bride’s age, race, origin and civil status
  • Bride’s place of residence
  • Bride’s religion
  • Bride's occupation
  • Names of bride's parents and their origin
  • Can read and write
  • Witness's name, age, origin and residence

Death Records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Age of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Witness's name, age and residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

  • 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 1800's.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒ Select the “City or Town” category
⇒ Select the “Parish” category
⇒ Select the “Record Type and Years” that takes you to the images.

For Help Reading these Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

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. 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 1800's.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • 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 death date or age along with the place of death to find birth 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.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. See Argentina Civil Registration for further information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.


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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Argentina, Capital Federal, registros parroquiales, 1737-1977." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Buenos Aires [Catholic Church parishes, Buenos Aires].

Record Citation (or citation for the Database entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977.


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