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

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

According to the Ecuadorian National Institute of Statistics and Census, 91.95% of the country's population have a religion, 7.94% are atheists and 0.11% are agnostics. Among the people that have a religion, 80.44% are Roman Catholic, 11.30% are Evangelical Protestants, 1.29% are Jehovah's Witnesses and 6.97% other.

There are many old and new churches throughout the country and many more are being built by the Catholic Church. The Evangelical Missionary Union represents many Protestants in Ecuador; Anglican churches in Ecuador belong to Province 9 of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Other religions are present in small numbers: Eastern Orthodoxy, Mormonism, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. [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 Ecuador.
b. Click on Places within Ecuador 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 the Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters.

Anglican (Episcopal) Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Episcopal Diocese of Litoral Ecuador (Spanish: Iglesia Episcopal del Ecuador - Diócesis Litoral) is a missionary church of the Anglican Communion for the coastal region of Ecuador with headquarters in Guayaquil. The Episcopal Diocese of Central Ecuador (Spanish: Iglesia Episcopal del Ecuador - Diócesis Central) is a missionary church of the Anglican Communion for the interior region of Ecuador with headquarters in Quito. [3][4]

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]

After the Spanish colonization, Ecuador became a Roman Catholic country. The Catholic Church had and still has an important place in the Ecuadorian government and society. After the Constitution of 1869, the official religion became Catholicism[4] and only Catholics could obtain citizenship. In 1899, the liberal government of Alfaro made a new constitution which respected all religions and guaranteed freedom of religious choice. [5]

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]

In 1965, the first missionaries entered Ecuador and baptized nine converts within one month. When the Ecuador Mission was created in 1970, membership was 1,000. Five years later, membership tripled to more than 3,000. In 1981, congregations were organized among the Otavalo Indians near Quito after several Church publications were translated into their language. In 1989, Quito, Ecuador, became headquarters for the Church's South America North Area. Total Church Membership: 248,651. Congregations: 305.

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Eastern Orthodox Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]



Jehovah's Witnesses Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

In 2010, some 70,000 Witnesses of Jehovah were spreading the good news of God’s Kingdom in all four of Ecuador’s regions. The most recent numbers indicate that more than 90,000 ministers who teach the Bible are in Ecuador, and that the ratio of Witnesses in the country is 1 per every 183 residents. Located in Guayaquil, the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ecuador supports ministry work in the country. The branch also supervises the 1,000-plus congregations operating in Ecuador and translates Biblical literature into Quichua and Shuar, among other languages.[7]

Pentecostal Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Iglesia Evangelica Apostolica del Nombre de Jesus also known as IEANJESUS (English: Jesus Name Evangelical Apostolic Church ) is the biggest Ecuadorian and Peruvian Apostolic/Pentecostal church. Founded in 1969, it now counts more than 1022 churches in Ecuador. [8]

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Ecuador", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador, accessed 6 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Ecuador", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ecuador, accessed 11 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Episcopal Diocese of Litoral Ecuador", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Diocese_of_Litoral_Ecuador, accessed 11 March 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Episcopal Diocese of Central Ecuador", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Diocese_of_Central_Ecuador, accessed 11 March 2020.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion_in_Ecuador", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ecuador, accessed 6 March 2020.
  6. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Ecuador, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Ecuador, accessed 6 March 2020.
  7. "The Work of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ecuador." https://medium.com/@MinistryIdeaz/the-work-of-jehovahs-witnesses-in-ecuador-77c27453a3e8, accessed 11 March 2020.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "IEANJESUS", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEANJESUS, accessed 11 March 2020.