Aruba Church Records

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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Aruba, go to the Religious Records page.

Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion, practiced by about 45% of the population.[6] Various Protestant denominations are also present on the island.[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name



How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Aruba.
b. Click on Places within Aruba and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. 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 records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters. Although Dutch is the official language is Aruba, English is used widely due to tourism.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Church in Aruba is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. The predominant religion of Aruba is Catholicism, but there is no territorial jurisdiction in Aruba, which is covered by the Diocese of Willemstad in Curaçao.[2][3]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Online information is available to current members, for deceased members and immediate family members who are still living. Sign in to FamilySearch and then select Family Tree in the drop-down menu.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Missionaries Clay Jorgensen and Julio Gonzalez were sent to Aruba in January 1987 from the Venezuela Caracas Mission. When they arrived Jose Gonzalez was the only member on the island. He had joined the Church in Venezuela and had come to work in Caracoa. The missionaries began meetings with Gonzalez, which provided the nucleus that led to the formation of the Aruba Branch (a small congregation). Selections of the Book of Mormon were translated into Papiamento in 1987. The San Nicolas Branch was formed in June 1991. Total Church Membership: 587. Congregations: 2.[4]

Protestant Churches[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Aruba", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba, accessed 28 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Aruba", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba, accessed 28 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Aruba", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_in_Aruba, accessed 28 March 2020.
  4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Aruba, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Aruba, accessed 28 March 2020.