Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Costa Rica Church Records 1595-1992 .
Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Costa Rica.
This collection includes records from 1595 to 1992.
Parish priests performed the baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. For a complete list of all the parishes included in this collection, click here.
All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive, as it is done currently. Parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archdiocesan archive at the time of filming.
These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read, however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Costa Rica. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1887.
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
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.
- Catholic Parishes in Costa Rica. Costa Rica, Church Records, Archivo Metropolitano de la Arquidiócesis de San José, Costa Rica.
Important genealogical information found in baptismal records include:
- Baptism date and place
- Name of person baptized
- When and where person was born
- Age at time of baptism
- Parents' names, residence, and/or place of birth
- Names of maternal and paternal grandparents
- Names of godparents
Important genealogical information found in confirmation records include:
- Parents' names
- Parish of origin
- Parish of baptism
Important genealogical information found in marriage records include:
- Date and place of the marriage
- Name of groom
- Groom's age, civil status and occupation
- Groom's birth place and current residence
- Groom's parents' names
- Name of bride
- Bride's age, civil status and occupation
- Bride's birth place and current residence
- Bride's parents' names
- Godparents' names
- Names of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in death records include:
- Date and place of death
- Name and age of deceased
- Cause of death
- Name of spouse if married
- Residence of deceased
- Name of cemetery
How to Use the Records
To search the collection using the index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
To search the collection using the browse, follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the Browse link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the Nombre de Ciudad/Pueblo category
⇒ Select the Nombre de Parroquia category
⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años category which takes you to the images.
Known Issues with This Collection
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