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


Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The religious breakdown of the population of Curaçao, according to a 2011 estimate:[90]

Roman Catholic; 72.8%
Pentecostal; 6.6%
Other Protestant; 3.2%
Adventist; 3%
Jehovah's Witnesses; 2%
Evangelical; 1.9%

This includes a shift towards the charismatic renewal or charismatic movement since the mid-1970s. Other denominations include the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Methodist Church. [1][2]

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 Curaçao.
b. Click on Places within Curaçao 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 or Spanish Letter Writing Guide 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:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Willemstad encompasses all the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean which includes Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The diocese is also a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. [3][4]

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

Online Records[edit | edit source]

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Missionary work was opened and closed on Curacao in 1978 by the Venezuela Caracas Mission. The Curacao Branch (a small congregation) was created in October 1979. Though missionaries had visited for a couple weeks at a time since 1972, it was not until mission president Wesley W. Craig, Jr. sent missionaries in 1982 and decided that meetings should be conducted in the local language of Papiamento that the Church began to progress among natives. A chapel was dedicated in August 1988. Total Church Membership: 553.[5]

Churches to be found on Curaçao[edit | edit source]

Also,

Antianio Baptist Church
Oost Jongbloed 61
Tel: 378262

Christian Heritage Ministeries
P.O. Box 378
Albert Sweitzer School
Tel: 371860

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
Schout bij Nacht
Doormansweg 57
Tel: 372686

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Ebenezer Protestant Church
Oranjestraat 111
Tel: 653121

El Bethel Evangelical Alliance Church
Doormansweg 32

Jehovah's Witnesses
P.O Box 4708
Oosterbeekstraat 11
Tel: 617528 & 657737

Methodists Church
A. de Veerstraat
Tel: 375834

Santa Famia Roman Catholics Church
Mgr. Niewindtstraat 23
Tel: 625627

Seventh Days Adventists Church
Barbadosweg 10
Tel: 687590

Puttenstraat 2
Tel: 615167

Laufferstraat
Tel: 623286

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Curaçao", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curaçao, accessed 14 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Curaçao", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao#Religion, accessed 14 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Curaçao", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao#Religion, accessed 14 March 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Curaçao", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao#Religion, accessed 14 March 2020.
  5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Curaçao, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Curaçao, accessed 29 March 2020.