Bonaire Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Bonaire, go to the Religious Records page.
Historical Background[edit | edit source]
Religion in Bonaire is predominantly Roman Catholic (68%) and there are also Protestant minorities. There is a Mormon church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) on the island.
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:
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Marriage registers can give:
Burials[edit | edit source]
Burial registers may give:
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 Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire.
- b. Click on Places within Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire 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. . 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.
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:
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Bonaire", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonaire, accessed 14 March 2020.