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

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Mendoza, Argentina
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Location of Mendoza, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1665-1975
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en la Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection of church records for the period of 1665 to 1975, includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for cities in the province of Mendoza.

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, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptismal and confirmation records Marriage records Death records
Date of the event Date and place of marriage Parish place and date of event
Place of event Names of groom Name of deceased
Name of child Groom’s age, origin, civil status and legitimacy Age and civil status of deceased
Legitimacy Parents’ names and residence Date of death
Birth date of child Name of bride Cause of death
Gender of child Bride’s age, origin, civil status and legitimacy
Parents’ names and origin Parents’ names and residence
Parish of residence Names and age of witnesses
Godparents’ names


Collection Contents

Sample Images

Coverage Table

As of 19 of June 2017, this collection included records from the following cities, towns, and parishes:

City or Town Parish
Godoy Cruz San Vicente Ferrer
Junín Nuestra Señora del Rosario
La Consulta San Carlos Borromeo
La Paz San José
Las Heras San Miguel Arcángel
La Valle Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Luján de Cuyo Nuestra Señora de Luján
Maipú Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
Malargüe Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Malargüe y Villa Atuel Inmaculada Concepción and Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Mendoza Catedral Nuestra Señora de Loreto and San Nicolás de Tolentino
Rivadavia San Isidro Labrador
San Martín Nuestra Señora de Carmen
San Rafael San Rafael Arcángel
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa de Lima
Tunuyán Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Tupungato Nuestra Señora del Socorro
Villa Nueva Sagrada Familia


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

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.

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?

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

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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, 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
  • 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. Transcription errors could also occur in any handwritten record. And it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • If you get stuck and can’t read a document or you’re not sure where to go next in your research, you can ask for help through Hispanic Genealogy Research community on Facebook is a page sponsored by FamilySearch and here you may also post a question or upload an image of a document for further assistance. The Hispanic Genealogy Research page is designed especially for those who have Hispanic ancestry but may not be fluent in Spanish. Be sure to click like on the page on your first visit so you can receive information and updates from the page in your news feed.
  • 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.

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, Mendoza, registros parroquiales, 1665-1975." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Mendoza [Catholic Church parishes, Mendoza].

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, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975.


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, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975.


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