Peru Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 .
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|Record Type:||Catholic Church Records|
|Title in the Language:||Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Perú|
|Parroquias Católicas, Peru (Catholic Church parishes, Peru)|
- 1 What's in this Collection?
- 2 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What's in this Collection?
The earlier records from this collection are all handwritten in a narrative format. Some later records are handwritten on printed forms, which may vary slightly from one priest to another. Generally, these records were written in chronological order. In smaller parishes, one book was used for all the ordinances (such as baptism, marriage, and death). In larger cities, records of the different types of sacred ordinances were kept in separate books. Confirmations were generally written in the baptismal registers. Some of the older records are damaged, but most of the genealogical information can be extracted.
This collection of church records covers several parishes in dioceses and archdioceses of Peru. Some of the records in this collection may have been created in a different ecclesiastical jurisdiction than the one where these are currently housed. All the sacramental ordinances were created, registered, and kept by the priest in authority of his parish jurisdiction. The parish jurisdiction may include sub-parishes in other nearby localities. One copy of the records is kept at the parish archive; another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.
Catholic Church parish registers were created by priests authorized to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances in their parish jurisdiction.
Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Peru prior to 1852, when the civil registration was implemented.
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and parish of baptism
- Name and gender of person baptized
- Child's date of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Names of godparents
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's name, age, marital status and legitimacy
- Names of groom's parents
- Names of groom's godparents
- Bride's name, age, marital status and legitimacy
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of bride's godparents
- Witnesses’ names
Burial or death records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of burial
- Name of deceased
- Age and marital status of deceased
- Spouse’s name, if married
- Legitimacy (not always)
- Residence of the deceased
- Place of death
- Cause of death
As of 12 December 2016 this collection included records from the following departments.
How Do I Search This 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.
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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 guides:
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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:
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Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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.
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