Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registros Parroquiales de la Provincia de Río Negro, Argentina

What is in the Collection?

These records are in Spanish. This collection of church records for the period of 1880 to 1977 includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths for the cities of General Conesa, Guardia Mitre, Luis Beltrán and Viedma in the province of Río Negro.

The parishes contained in the collection are San Lorenzo Mártir, Inmaculada Concepción, Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes.

These records are written in Spanish.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977.

Sample Images

Birth records usually include the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of child
  • Child's birth date
  • Child's place of birth
  • Father’s name
  • Father’s age and place of origin
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s age and place of origin
  • Parents' residence
  • Godparents' names

Confirmation records usually include the following information:

  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Name and age
  • Parents
  • Godparents

Marriage records usually include the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of groom and bride
  • Groom’s age, origin, civil status, residence and occupation
  • Groom's parents' names and origin
  • Bride's age, origin, civil status and residence
  • Bride's parents' names and origin
  • Witnesses' names
  • Witnesses' age, origin and civil status

Death records usually include the following information:

  • Parish place and date of event
  • Name of deceased
  • Age, civil status, residence of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Witnesses' names, age and residence
  • Witnesses' relationship to the deceased

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.

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ select "Browse" link in the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which 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.

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?

  • 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.

Tips to 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.

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.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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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, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Parroquias Católicas, Río Negro (Catholic Church parishes, Río Negro).

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, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977.