Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Entre Ríos, Argentina
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Location of Entre Ríos, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1764-1983
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Entre Ríos, Argentina
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Catholic Church Parishes


What is in the Collection?

This collection of church records for the period of 1764 to 1983, includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials for cities in the province of Entre Ríos.

The parishes contained in the collection are Nuestra Señora de La Merced o San Cipriano, San José, San Antonio de Padua, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, San Lucas Evangelista, Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, San Miguel Arcángel, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Inmaculada Concepción, Nuestra Señora de Aranzazú, San Francisco and Santa Rosa de Lima.

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).

Reading These Records

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

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Baptismal records usually include the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of the child
  • The child's birth date
  • Parents' names and origin
  • Godparents

Confirmation records usually include the following information:

  • Confirmation place and date
  • Name
  • Age
  • Parents' and legitimacy
  • Godparents

Marriage records usually include the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of groom
  • Groom’s age, origin and residence
  • Groom’s parents' names and origin
  • Name of bride
  • Bride’s age, origin and residence
  • Bride's parents' names and origin
  • Witnesses' names, age, origin and residence
  • Names of witnesses or godparents

Death records usually include the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Parents' names of deceased

Collection Contents

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Coverage Table

As of 20 December 2016 this collection included records from the following cities or towns:

City or Town
Cerrito
Crespo
Diamante
Gualeguay
Gualeguaychú
La Paz
Lucas González
Nogoyá
Paraná
Rosario del Tala
San José de Feliciano
San Justo
Valle María
Victoria
Villaguay
Villa Uranga (Villa Giordani)
Villa Urquiza

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select City or Town
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

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For Help Reading these Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following wiki articles:

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

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 person 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, What Now?

  • 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, Entre Ríos, registros parroquiales, 1764-1983." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Entre Ríos [Catholic Church parishes, Entre Ríos].

Record Citation (or citation for the index 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, Entre Ríos, Ca...Church Records, 1764-1983.


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, Entre Ríos, Ca...Church Records, 1764-1983.


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