Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Costa Rica, Catholic 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, see the Parishes of Costa Rica coverage table.
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.
- "Costa Rica Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo de la Arquidiócesis de San José.
These baptismal records usually include the following information:
- 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
These confirmation records usually include the following information:
- Parents' names
- Parish of origin
- Parish of baptism
These marriage records usually include the following information:
- 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
These death records usually include the following information:
- 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 this 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.
Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
Be sure and view the image because there is often additional information.
To browse this collection you will need to 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.
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.
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. They are also located in individual folders. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.
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