Peru Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Perú.

What's in this Collection?

This collection of church records covers the years 1603 to 1992. These records are written in Spanish.

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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992.

Collection Content

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and parish of baptism
  • Name and gender of person baptized
  • Child's date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • 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 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

How Do I Search This Collection?

When searching:
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, age, estimated [event] year, and family relationships.

Search Collection by Name:

Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.

Search Collection by Image:

To view the images in this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Department"
⇒ Select the appropriate "City or Town"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒ Select the appropriate "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.

What Do I Do Next?

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

Spanish Genealogical Word List

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

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Don't overlook FHL Place Peru items or FHL Keyword Peru items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Peru Archives and Libraries.

Related Websites

Peru - The WorldGenWeb Project

Related 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:

"Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica [Catholic Church Parishes], nation-wide, Peru.

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 Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992.

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 Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992.


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