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*The [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410078 1895 Argentina national census] is now available online at FamilySearch.
 
*The [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462401 1869 national census] is also available online at FamilySearch.
 
 
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*[[Province of Catamarca Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Census|Census]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Church Directories|Church Directories]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Church History|Church History]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|Encyclopedias and Dictionaries]]
 
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Genealogy|Genealogy]]  
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Genealogy|Genealogy]]  
*[[Province of Catamarca Geographic Dictionaries|Geographic Dictionaries]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
 
*[[Province of Catamarca History|History]]  
 
*[[Province of Catamarca History|History]]  
*[[Province of Catamarca Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Language and Languages|Languages]]
 
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Maps|Maps]]  
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Maps|Maps]]  
*[[Province of Catamarca Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Minorities|Minorities]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Argentina Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
 
*[[Province of Catamarca Societies|Societies]]
 
  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927135 FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]
 
*[http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com Hispanic Genealogy Blog]
 
*[http://genargentina.com.ar/ Genealogía Argentina]
 
 
 
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[[Image:Under construction icon-blue.png|left|200x200px|This page is under construction]] '''This page is under construction and could use your help to make it better. '''
 
  
 
== Getting started with research in Catamarca  ==
 
== Getting started with research in Catamarca  ==
  
''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''<br>  
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''See FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 Latin American Research.]''<br>
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'''The vast majority of genealogy research in Argentina can be accomplished in just two record groups:  civil registration and church records.  This article will explain methods for finding those records.'''
  
== Si usted entiende español  ==
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==Civil Registration==
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*Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships. <br>
  
Le invitamos a buscar información en español en la página de Argentina en el wiki de FamilySearch español. También le invitamos a compartir información útil allí. Véase el enlace en la parte inferior de la página.  
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* Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1886. Even though the law was passed in 1886 most of the provinces started keeping records at different times. Most had the system going by 1900.  
  
== Jurisdictions  ==
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*Every municipal district was to make duplicate copies of their books. In Catamarca they kept the original books and send the copies to the Archivo General de Tribunales in the Federal District. In the provinces they were to be send the copies to the provincial or judicial archives of each province.
  
Argentina is politically divided into 23 provinces and 1 autonomous city. Understanding political divisions is essential to doing family history, because these divisions determine where records are recorded and archived. To learn more about Argentina's political division. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Argentina Click here.] To see a list of other provinces we invite you to visit the [[Provinces of Argentina|Provinces of Argentina]] page.  
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*According to the law, the public has liberal access to the civil records. The director of the civil archive is required to provide interested parties with a complete copy of any record, including marginal notes, under his jurisdiction.
  
== Research Tools  ==
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*The Family History Library has not microfilmed the civil registration records of Argentina. The Library's collection continues to grow as new records are microfilmed and added to the collection from numerous sources. Don't give up if records are not available yet. The FamilySearch Catalog is updated periodically. Check it again every year for the records you need.
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<br>
  
*[http://script.byu.edu How to read old handwriting tutorials]
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=== Locating Civil Registration Records  ===
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/Argentina.pdf BYU Research Outline for Argentina]
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/argentina-genealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Argentina]  
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Civil registration records are kept at the local municipal district civil registration office (Dirección del Registro Civil). Therefore, you must determine the municipal district where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. The original book stays in the municipal office and duplicate copies are sent to the provincial or judicial archives of the province or the General Archive of the Tribunal in the federal district. Therefore, duplicates may also be available at the provincial level. If a letter to the town/city fails, write to the provincial office.<br>
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for Latin American Countries|IGI Batch Numbers]]  
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*[[Argentina Websites|Useful websites]]  
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Your ancestor may have lived in a village that belonged civilly to a larger nearby town. In large cities, there may be many civil registration districts. You may need to use gazetteers and other geographic references to identify the place your ancestor lived and the civil registration office that served it.  See [http://archive.org/stream/diccionariogeog00soldgoog#page/n4/mode/2up Diccionario geográfico estadístico nacional argentino (1885)]. Although this gazetteer is in Spanish, the province is listed immediately after the name of the town. <br> 
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927135 records collections for Argentina] available on FamilySearch.org
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===Local Archives===
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Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Spanish. Use the following address:
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Dirección del Registro Civil<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oficina de Inscripciones y Rectificaciones<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html postal code)] (City), (Province), Argentina
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*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html '''Find the Argentina postal code here.''']  
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====Provincial Archives and Tribunal Archives====
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These archives maintain the duplicates sent to them by the municipal districts. You may write to these archives and request searches of the records. The public has access to these records. For the province of Catamarca, you will need to write to the following address:
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Registro Provincial de las Personas<br>San Martín 382 <br> CP 4700 San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca <br>Argebtina <br> Telefono: 03833 4 37525
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After deciding who has jurisdiction over the records for the time period you need, write a brief request to the proper office.  Send the following:
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*Full name and the sex of the person sought.
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*Names of the parents, if known.
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*Approximate date and place of the event.
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*Your relationship to the person.
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
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*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
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<br>
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==Church Records==
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The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.
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Church records are crucial for genealogical research, since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.
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=== 1. Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
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'''Bautismos''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''Información matrimonial''' are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. '''Matrimônios'''' are marriages. '''Defunciones''' are deaths.  '''Entierros''' are burials'". Índice''' is the index.
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*'''1724-1971''' - {{RecordSearch|1974178|Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971|access-browse}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records], browsable images, incomplete.
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*'''1645-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1520570|Argentina Baptisms, 1645-1930}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records], index, incomplete.
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*'''1722-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|1520572|Argentina Marriages, 1722-1911}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records], index, incomplete.<br>
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=== 2.  Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=212231&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Argentina%2C%20Catamarca%22%20%2Bavailability%3AOnline ''' records for Argentina, Province of Catamarca'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Argentina, Catamarca"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|100px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
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=== 3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Argentina. Argentina has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable.  Officials might or might not respond.'''''
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Write a brief request in Spaniah to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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:'''Reverendo Padre'''
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:'''Parroquia de (name of parish) '''
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:'''([http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html  postal code]), (city), Catamarca'''
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:'''Argentina'''
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<br>
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*[http://www.mapsofworld.com/postal-codes/country-argentina.html '''Find the Argentina postal code here.''']
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When requesting information, send the following:<br>
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
 +
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
 +
*Approximate date and place of the event
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*Your relationship to the ancestor
 +
*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
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<br>
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]]'''
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<br>
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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==Reading the Records==
  
*[[Argentina Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
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*You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish Genealogical Word List]] to translate the important points in the document.  Handwriting skills are taught in [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial].
*[[Argentina, Catamarca Province Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina, Catamarca Province Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Argentina 1869 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina 1869 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Argentina, 1895 Census Population Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina, 1895 Census Population Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Argentina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
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*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
  
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3]
*'''[[Argentina Census]]'''
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 '''Tutorials at FamilySearch related to ''Latin American Research''''']
 
  
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==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
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Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.
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*Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
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*Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
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*You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
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*Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
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*Search the death registers for all known family members.
  
== Help Wanted  ==
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[[Category:Provinces of Argentina]]
  
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
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===Census===
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*'''[[Argentina Census]]'''
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*'''1869''' -  {{RecordSearch|1462401|Argentina, National Census, 1869}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/Argentina.pdf BYU Research Outline for Argentina]
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*[[IGI Batch Numbers for Latin American Countries|IGI Batch Numbers]]
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Translation|Translate pages]]
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*[[Argentina Websites|Useful websites]]
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*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927135 records collections for Argentina] available on FamilySearch.org
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*[[Argentina Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Argentina, Catamarca Province Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina, Catamarca Province Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Argentina 1869 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina 1869 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Argentina, 1895 Census Population Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina, 1895 Census Population Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Argentina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Argentina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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===Tutorials===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Latin%20America%22 '''Tutorials at FamilySearch related to ''Latin American Research''''']
  
To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Argentina pages|click here]]:
 
  
 
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See FamilySearch Tutorials on Latin American Research.
The vast majority of genealogy research in Argentina can be accomplished in just two record groups: civil registration and church records. This article will explain methods for finding those records.

Civil Registration

  • Civil registration records are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.
  • Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1886. Even though the law was passed in 1886 most of the provinces started keeping records at different times. Most had the system going by 1900.
  • Every municipal district was to make duplicate copies of their books. In Catamarca they kept the original books and send the copies to the Archivo General de Tribunales in the Federal District. In the provinces they were to be send the copies to the provincial or judicial archives of each province.
  • According to the law, the public has liberal access to the civil records. The director of the civil archive is required to provide interested parties with a complete copy of any record, including marginal notes, under his jurisdiction.
  • The Family History Library has not microfilmed the civil registration records of Argentina. The Library's collection continues to grow as new records are microfilmed and added to the collection from numerous sources. Don't give up if records are not available yet. The FamilySearch Catalog is updated periodically. Check it again every year for the records you need.


Locating Civil Registration Records

Civil registration records are kept at the local municipal district civil registration office (Dirección del Registro Civil). Therefore, you must determine the municipal district where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. The original book stays in the municipal office and duplicate copies are sent to the provincial or judicial archives of the province or the General Archive of the Tribunal in the federal district. Therefore, duplicates may also be available at the provincial level. If a letter to the town/city fails, write to the provincial office.

Your ancestor may have lived in a village that belonged civilly to a larger nearby town. In large cities, there may be many civil registration districts. You may need to use gazetteers and other geographic references to identify the place your ancestor lived and the civil registration office that served it. See Diccionario geográfico estadístico nacional argentino (1885). Although this gazetteer is in Spanish, the province is listed immediately after the name of the town.

Local Archives

Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Spanish. Use the following address:

Dirección del Registro Civil
        Oficina de Inscripciones y Rectificaciones
        (*postal code) (City), (Province), Argentina

Provincial Archives and Tribunal Archives

These archives maintain the duplicates sent to them by the municipal districts. You may write to these archives and request searches of the records. The public has access to these records. For the province of Catamarca, you will need to write to the following address:

Registro Provincial de las Personas
San Martín 382
CP 4700 San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca
Argebtina
Telefono: 03833 4 37525

After deciding who has jurisdiction over the records for the time period you need, write a brief request to the proper office. Send the following:

  • Full name and the sex of the person sought.
  • Names of the parents, if known.
  • Approximate date and place of the event.
  • Your relationship to the person.
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
  • Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.

Church Records

The vast majority of Argentines were Catholic and were registered in the records of the local parish or diocese which are called registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the records. In addition, church records may include church censuses, account books, confirmations, and other church-related records.

Church records are crucial for genealogical research, since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1886. After this date one should search in both church and civil records as there may be information in one that does not appear in the other. For instance the church records may only list the godparents whereas the civil records may list the grandparents.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records

For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

Bautismos are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. Información matrimonial are documents collected in preparation for a marriage. Matrimônios' are marriages. Defunciones are deaths. Entierros are burials'". Índice is the index.

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Argentina, Province of Catamarca.
b. Click on "Places within Argentina, Catamarca" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.

3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records

Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Argentina. Argentina has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Write a brief request in Spaniah to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Padre
Parroquia de (name of parish)
(postal code), (city), Catamarca
Argentina


When requesting information, send the following:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record


Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]

Reading the Records

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records

Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.

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