August 1, 2017

Digitized Church Records for Arroyo in Puerto Rico


Before I go into the below records, I need to answer two questions that are being asked by many.

I am not the holder of these church records. They are maintained by FamilySearch. While the records are available on their website, currently they are not easy to navigate until they make their changes which will take them a while as they are concentrating on digitizing their records. I have many years of experience navigating their website so I fully understand how to jump around and find the books I seek.  There are many others who have the same level of experience on their website. I supply the breakdown for those that are new, don't know how to navigate the website, or those who would rather have a link to the book for easy access.

Another question pertains to available church records. Not all churches in Puerto Rico were filmed by the LDS as the Roman Catholic Church closed access to their records. Note that if the church is not currently in the catalog then it never will be. You can Google to find out why this is the case. 

Moving onto Arroyo, it is a municipality that sits between Guayama and Patillas and was founded in 1855.  If you are seeking records prior to this time, I recommend that you look at Guayama as it would have been part of that region prior to being established.

There are only 3 films on church records available for this municipality.  The records are as follows:


Baptisms Books


    Confirmation Books


    Marriages Books


    In Book 3 of Marriages, it is noted that at the end of the book is a record for 1906.


    Death Books


    Although the catalog noted records for 1920 - 1921 in death records, I could not locate them.



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