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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
'''Puerto Rico Registros da Iglesia Católica'''
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Puerto Rico, Registros de la Iglesia Católica  
  
== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This collection of Catholic Church records covers the years 1645-1969.  
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This collection includes records of Catholic Church baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials for the years 1645-1969. Indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico.  
  
This collection of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico. These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.  
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These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others.
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; see the section "For Help Reading These Records" for links to translation help guides.  
  
The records in this collection were created in different Catholic Church jurisdictions throughout Puerto Rico. At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Dioceses of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese's name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).  
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At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Diocese of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese's name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).  
  
Most of the citizens in the earlier time of Puerto Rico professed the Roman Catholic religion. In later years, other religions have been organized in the island. At present, statistics indicate about 75 percent of the population may be Catholic; the rest of the population belong to other religions.  
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Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.  
  
Priests in their jurisdiction created registers to keep a record of the events in their members’ lives, such as baptisms and confirmations, marriages, and death or burials. Priests also kept registers for other ecclesiastical records related to their administration.
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The Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1807092/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== Collection Content  ==
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Catholic parishes in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Roman Catholic church records. Archivo General, San Juan, Puerto Rico.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
 
[[Puerto Rico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR baptism.jpg|Baptism
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR baptism.jpg|Baptismal Record
Image:Puerto Rico CCR marriage.jpg|Marriage
 
Image:Puerto Rico CCR death.jpg|Death
 
 
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'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Baptismal records''' usually contain the following information:  
 
 
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Child's name and gender  
 
*Child's name and gender  
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*Future marriage information may be found in the margin(s)
 
*Future marriage information may be found in the margin(s)
  
'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
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Image:Puerto Rico Catholic Church Records (PPQ10-0137)DGS004553767Image00006ConfirmationE.jpg|Confirmation Register
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'''Confirmation registers''' may contain the following:  
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*Name of confirmed
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*Date of confirmation
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*Place of confirmation
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*Names of parents
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*Names of godparent(s)
  
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
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</gallery>
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name, age, marital status and origin  
 
*Groom's name, age, marital status and origin  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''These death/burial records usually contain the following information:'''
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Image:Puerto Rico CCR death.jpg|Burial Record
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</gallery>
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'''Death/burial records''' usually contain the following information:  
 
*Name, age and gender of deceased  
 
*Name, age and gender of deceased  
 
*Date and place of death  
 
*Date and place of death  
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*Sometimes, burial information
 
*Sometimes, burial information
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Nombre de Municipio" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Nombre de Parroquia" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" category which takes you to the images.  
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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.  
  
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.  
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See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.  
  
The Catholic Church records are of great importance in the research of ancestors in Puerto Rico. Records include the vital information of the principal person and may include vital information of parents and grandparents, or even other relatives, which may help to identify other branches of the family.  
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If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
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=== Searching the Collection ===
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To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒Select the "Municipality" category <br> ⇒Select the "Parish" category <br> ⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.
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Search the collection by 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 images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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=== For Help Reading These Records ===
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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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]
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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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 and establish a migration pattern. This link describes the [[Puerto Rico Census]].
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records. This link takes you to the online records of [[Puerto Rico, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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*The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their area of residence in the municipality. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other municipalities.
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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 marriage).
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
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=== Tips To Keep in Mind ===
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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.
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Regarding 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.
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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.
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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.
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==What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For? ==
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.
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Civil records are also a good substitute when baptism, marriage, and death/burial records can’t be found or are unavailable.  
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*[[Puerto Rico, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prwgw/index.html Puerto Rico GenWeb]  
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*[http://arqsj.org/Arq/Home.php Arquidiócesis de San Juan, Puerto Rico]
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*[http://www.caribbeangenweb.org/index.php/en/islands/puerto-rico Puerto Rico GenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/puerto_rico.htm Puerto Rico Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates]  
 
*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/puerto_rico.htm Puerto Rico Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates]  
 
*[http://www.prfaa.com/services.asp?id=44 Vital records in Puerto Rico]  
 
*[http://www.prfaa.com/services.asp?id=44 Vital records in Puerto Rico]  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/LatinAmerica/PuertoRico.pdf BYU Research Outline for Puerto Rico]  
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/LatinAmerica/PuertoRico.pdf Research Outline for Puerto Rico]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prhgs/archives.htm Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prhgs/archives.htm Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society]  
*[http://www.prroots.com/ PRROOTS.com – Hispanic Genealogical Society]  
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*[http://www.prroots.com/ PRROOTS.com – Hispanic Genealogical Society]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prwgw/military.htm Puerto Rican Ancestors in Spanish and American Military Records ]<br>
 
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rico]]  
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*[[Puerto Rico Church Records]]  
*[[Puerto Rico Church Records]]
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*[[Puerto Rico Genealogy|Puerto Rico]]
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Archivos Arquidiócesis, San Juan, Puerto Rico [Archdiocesan Archives of San Juan].}}<br><br>
  
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“Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969,” index and images, ''''FamilySearch'''' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 March 2012), San Francisco de Asis&gt; baptisimos 1858-1861&gt;Nicholas Davila, 1858, image 25 of 222. Archivo Histórico de la Arquidiócesis de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Title in the Language of the Record

Puerto Rico, Registros de la Iglesia Católica

What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records of Catholic Church baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials for the years 1645-1969. Indexes were created in several church parishes of Puerto Rico.

These were handwritten in Spanish by the priest in charge of the jurisdiction where the event took place. Most of the records are written in narrative style. Depending on the priest, some records have more information than others. These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading These Records" for links to translation help guides.

At the time of the creation of the records in this collection, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico was divided into several dioceses, including the Diocese of Puerto Rico, which was erected in 1511. The diocese's name was changed in 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 1960, the diocese was elevated to archdiocese with the name of Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Other dioceses listed in this record’s collection are the Diocese of Ponce (erected in 1924), the Diocese of Arecibo (erected in 1960), and the Diocese of Caguas (erected in 1964). Since the time period of this collection, two more dioceses have been erected: the Diocese of Mayaguez (erected in 1976) and the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected in 2008).

Catholic Church records of Puerto Rico are a reliable source for genealogical research. For research after the civil registration implementation in 1885, it is suggested to research both civil and church records and to compare the information.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969.

Collection Content

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's legitimacy
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents' names, their origin and residence
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents
  • Future marriage information may be found in the margin(s)

Confirmation registers may contain the following:

  • Name of confirmed
  • Date of confirmation
  • Place of confirmation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparent(s)

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, age, marital status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name, age, marital status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Parents' names and their origin and residence
  • Sometimes, name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

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.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

Searching the Collection

To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Municipality" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by 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 images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • 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 and establish a migration pattern. This link describes the Puerto Rico Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records. This link takes you to the online records of Puerto Rico, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records).
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their area of residence in the municipality. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other municipalities.
  • 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 marriage).
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

Tips To Keep in Mind

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

Regarding 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.

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

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

Civil records are also a good substitute when baptism, marriage, and death/burial records can’t be found or are unavailable.

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

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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:

"Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Archivos Arquidiócesis, San Juan, Puerto Rico [Archdiocesan Archives of San Juan].

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 Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969.