Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1955 .
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1882-1955
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Languages: Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Chaco, Argentina
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Province of Chaco

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Catholic Church Parishes, Chaco

What is in the Collection?

These records are written in Spanish. This Collection will include records from 1882 to 1955.

This collection of church records includes baptisms, marriages and confirmations for the parishes of Santa Margarita and San Fernando Rey in the cities of Las Palmas and Resistencia in the Chaco Province of Argentina.

Earlier registers are handwritten in narrative style, and later records were handwritten on printed forms. Catholic Church parish registers are the major records available to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1930. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics, which by law includes people of all religions. For genealogical purposes, the information in civil sources confirms and supplements the information in church records. Records from some of these parishes have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Contents

Birth records usually include the following information:

  • Place of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Name of principal
  • Principal’s birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Father’s name
  • Father’s place of origin and age
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s place of origin and age
  • Parents' residence
  • Godfather’s name, place of origin, age, and residence
  • Godmother’s name, place of origin, age, and residence

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Place of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Name of groom
  • Groom’s civil status, race, and age
  • Groom’s birthplace
  • Groom’s place and date of baptism
  • Groom’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Name of bride
  • Bride’s civil status, race, and age
  • Bride’s birthplace
  • Bride’s place and date of baptism
  • Bride’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Names of witnesses or godparents

Confirmation records usually include the following information:

  • Name of the individual
  • Parents' names
  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Godparents

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

Searching the Collection

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

Search the collection by image 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.

What do I do Next?

  • 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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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, Chaco, registros parroquiales, 1882-1955." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Chaco (Catholic Church parishes, Chaco).

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, Chaco, Catholi...Church Records, 1882-1955.

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