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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.genealogiasdecolombia.co/Default.aspx Genealogías de Colombia] Website is in Spanish.
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Colombia.pdf Locality Analysis for Colombia] 
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.arquidiocesisbaq.org/ Arquidiócesis de Barranquilla]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://genforum.genealogy.com/colombia/all.html Colombia GenForum]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com/ Hispanic Genealogy] Blog is written in English.
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| RW_URL_06 = [http://www.genealogiahispana.com/?language=en Blog de Genealogía Hispaña] Blog is written in Spanish.
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| RW_URL_07 = [http://www.genealogia-es.com/ Genealogía Española-España GenWeb] Website is in Spanish.
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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
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Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Colombia  
 
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Colombia  
  
== Record Description ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
These records are in Spanish. This collection includes records from 1600 to 2010.  
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This collection includes baptism, confirmation, marriage, child recognition, and death records for parishes throughout Columbia from 1576-2014.  
  
The collection contains birth, confirmation, marriage and death records for parishes throughout Columbia. For a complete list of all the parishes included in this collection, see the [[Parishes in Colombia]] coverage table.  
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The records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]] and [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]]; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.  
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For a complete list of all the parishes included in this collection, see the [[Parishes in Colombia]] coverage table.  
  
 
These records were created by priests. 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.  
 
These records were created by priests. 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.  
  
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 and another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.
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Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Colombia prior to 1935, when civil registration was implemented.
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== Collection Content  ==
 
 
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1726975/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
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'''Baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''
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*Name and gender of child
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'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:  
*Father's name
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*Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
*Father's marital status
 
*Father's age and place of baptism
 
*Names of father's parents
 
*Legitimacy of child
 
*Mother's name
 
*Mother's marital status
 
*Mother's age and place of baptism
 
*Names of mother's parents
 
*Names of witnesses and their identification information
 
 
 
'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
 
 
 
*Date and place of marriage
 
*Name, age and origin of groom
 
*Name, age and origin of bride
 
*Legitimacy
 
*Groom's parents' names
 
*Bride's parents' names
 
*Names of witnesses
 
 
 
'''Death records usually contain the following information:'''
 
 
 
*Name and age of deceased
 
 
*Date and place of burial  
 
*Date and place of burial  
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
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*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Residence of deceased
 
*Residence of deceased
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Name, age, and origin of groom
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*Name, age, and origin of bride
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*Legitimacy
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*Groom's parents' names
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*Bride's parents' names
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*Names of witnesses
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'''Child recognition records usually contain the following information:'''  
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'''Baptismal records''' usually contain the following information:
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Name and gender
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*Father's name
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*Father's marital status
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*Father's age and place of baptism
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*Names of father's parents
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*Legitimacy of child
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*Mother's name
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*Mother's marital status
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*Mother's age and place of baptism
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*Names of mother's parents
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*Names of witnesses and their identification information                 
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'''Child recognition records''' usually contain the following information:
 
*Date of legal recognition  
 
*Date of legal recognition  
 
*Name of the father  
 
*Name of the father  
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*Mother’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married  
 
*Mother’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married  
 
*Mother’s age
 
*Mother’s age
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
  
Search the collection by index or image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several entries or images and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination.
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Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Colombia prior to 1935, when civil registration was implemented.  
 
 
Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Colombia. The records of baptism, marriage, and death may contain important information about other generations of ancestors. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of civil registration in 1935. To find the record of an ancestor, a person needs to know at least the name of the ancestor and a place and approximate year of an event in the ancestor’s life. If indexes are available, it is suggested to check for the name there first.
 
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
To begin your search you should know the following:
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Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
  
*The person’s name  
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'''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, and family relationships.
*The approximate location of an event
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<h3>Search by Name by visiting [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975 Collection Page:]</h3>
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Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.<br>
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<h3>View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1726975/waypoints Browse Page:]</h3>
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To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "Department"<br> ⇒Select the "City or Town"<br> ⇒Select the "Parish"<br> ⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images<br>
  
=== Search the Collection  ===
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Search the collection by index or image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several entries or images and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
'''Search the Collection by Index'''<br> To search the collection by index, navigate to the main search page and fill in the requested information. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
'''Search the Collection by Image'''<br> To search the collection by image, navigate to the main search page and follow these steps: <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Department"<br> ⇒Select the "City or Town"<br> ⇒Select the "Parish"<br> ⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images<br>
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These records are in Spanish, and some may be in Latin. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
 
 
Look at the images one by one 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.<br>
 
 
 
=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
 
 
 
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
 
  
 
*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
 
*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
*[[Colombia Language and Languages]]
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*[[Latin Genealogical Word List]]
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*[[Colombia Language and Languages]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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In addition to the suggestions below, watch these free videos about using the information in baptism and other records in your research ('''Videos are in Spanish'''):
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Colombia, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.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.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/registros-bautismales-de-antioquia-colombia/476 Registros bautismales de Antioquia, Colombia]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/uso-de-las-partidas-bautismales/721 Uso de las Partidas bautismales]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/registros-o-partidas/581 Registros o Partidas]  
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*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.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records [[Colombia Census]].
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records [[Colombia Civil Registration]].
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to the area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*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.
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*Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).  
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
=== Maps ===
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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
  
*[http://www.embassyworld.com/maps/Maps_Of_Colombia/images/colombia_3000.jpg Colombia's provinces in the early 21st century]
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For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.  
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/ibgd82 Northwest South America, including Colombia's provinces, in 1924]
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/s8iygh Northwest South America, including New Granada's (Colombia's) provinces, in 1856]
 
*[http://cartotecadigital.icc.cat/cdm/ref/collection/america/id/422 Northwest South America in 1800]
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/1o2juo Northern South America in 1708]
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/3258nc South America in 1650]
 
  
=== Local Histories ===
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia#History English wiki entry on Colombia's history]
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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.  
*[http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia#Historia Spanish wiki entry on Colombia's history]
 
*[http://www.mongabay.com/reference/country_studies/colombia/HISTORY.html Colombia - History]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=4CzVAAAAMAAJ&dq=colombia%20historia&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false "Historia de Colombia para la Enseñanza Secundaria," a Google eBook, published in 1920]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=aIQ-AAAAYAAJ&dq=colombia%20history&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false "The Republic of Colombia," a Google eBook, published in 1906]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=qYBIAAAAYAAJ&dq=colombia%20history&pg=PP9#v=onepage&q&f=false "Colombia. Comprising its Geography, History, and Topography," a Google eBook, published in 1833]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=6aMCAAAAYAAJ&dq=colombia%20historia&pg=PP5#v=onepage&q&f=false "Historia de la República de Colombia," a Google eBook, published in 1827]
 
  
=== Other Genealogical Resources ===
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Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.
  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/colombia/ Colombia GenForum]
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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 and another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.  
*[http://genealogiacolombiana.com/ Genealogía Colombiana, Interconexión Colombiana]
 
*[http://www.genealogiascolombianas.org/ Genealogías Colombianas, Asociación Colombiana para el Estudio de las Genealogías]
 
*[http://tebakegenea.blogspot.com/ Tébaké: Familia y Tradición, Una blog dedicado a la historia familiar de Colombia]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records [[Colombia Emigration and Immigration]].
  
[[Colombia]]  
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Below is a video ('''in Spanish''') about emigration and immigration within and to Colombia: [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/el-transporte-en-colombia-y-las-migraciones/574 El Transporte en Colombia y las Migraciones]  
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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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.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Columbia (Catholic Church parishes, Columbia).}}<br><br>
  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1576-2014
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language:
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Title in the Language of the Record

Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Colombia

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes baptism, confirmation, marriage, child recognition, and death records for parishes throughout Columbia from 1576-2014.

The records are written in Spanish and Latin; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

For a complete list of all the parishes included in this collection, see the Parishes in Colombia coverage table.

These records were created by priests. 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014.

Collection Content

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of burial
  • Cause of death
  • Legitimacy
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse if married
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence of deceased

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name, age, and origin of groom
  • Name, age, and origin of bride
  • Legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Names of witnesses

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender
  • Father's name
  • Father's marital status
  • Father's age and place of baptism
  • Names of father's parents
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Mother's name
  • Mother's marital status
  • Mother's age and place of baptism
  • Names of mother's parents
  • Names of witnesses and their identification information

Child recognition records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of legal recognition
  • Name of the father
  • Father’s parents
  • Father’s place of baptism
  • Father’s marital status and spouse’s name
  • Father’s age
  • Father’s identification number and place of issue
  • Name of the child being recognized
  • Child’s place and date of baptism
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s parents
  • Mother’s place of baptism
  • Mother’s marital status and spouse’s name, if married
  • Mother’s age

How Do I Search This Collection?

Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for finding genealogical information of birth, death, and marriage in Colombia prior to 1935, when civil registration was implemented.

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

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, and family relationships.

Search by Name by visiting Collection Page:

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

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Department"
⇒Select the "City or Town"
⇒Select the "Parish"
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images

Search the collection by index or image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several entries or images and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination.

What Do I Do Next?

These records are in Spanish, and some may be in Latin. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

In addition to the suggestions below, watch these free videos about using the information in baptism and other records in your research (Videos are in Spanish):

  • Registros bautismales de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Uso de las Partidas bautismales
  • Registros o Partidas
  • 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 Colombia Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records Colombia Civil Registration.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to the 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.
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.

For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

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 and another copy is sent to the diocesan archive for preservation. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired at the diocesan archives.

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records Colombia Emigration and Immigration.

Below is a video (in Spanish) about emigration and immigration within and to Colombia: El Transporte en Colombia y las Migraciones

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Collection Citation:

"Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Columbia (Catholic Church parishes, Columbia).

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