Spain, León, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records
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|León, Castilla y Leon, Spain|
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|Location of León, Castilla y Leon, Spain|
|Location of Spain|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registro Civil, Provincia de León, España|
|León Civil Registration|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records of births, marriages, and deaths from several districts in the province of León, Spain. The originals are kept at the Archivo Histórico Provincial de León in Spain.
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records please see the following:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
The information in each record varies by year.
Birth records generally include the following information:
- Child's name and gender
- Place and date of birth
- Parents’ names
- Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)
Marriage records usually include the following:
- Names and ages of groom and bride
- Date and place of marriage
- Birthplaces of groom and bride
- Marital status of groom and bride
- Names and ages of groom’s parents
- Names and ages of bride’s parents
- Who performed the marriage
- Names of witnesses
Death records may include:
- Deceased's name, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
- Date and place of death
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status/spouse's name
- Names of parents
- Birthplaces of parents
- Name of informant
- Date and place of burial
How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]
Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.
If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
View the Images[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records Spain, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Use the marital status (whether a divorce or death dissolved a marriage) to identify previous marriages.
- Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?[edit | edit source]
When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?[edit | edit source]
If you are unable to find your ancestor(s) in these civil registers, then try searching in the areas surrounding León. These countries/provinces neighbor León:
- Portugal on the west,
- Galicia, Cantabria, and Asturias in the north,
- the Autonomous Community of Aragon, Spain Genealogy, the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco, Spain Genealogy (the Basque Country), and La Rioja in the east,
- Madrid in the south with
- the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Genealogy and the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, Spain Genealogy to the southwest.
Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Spain.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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