Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1943
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|Flag of the Kingdom of Spain|
|Flag of Tarragona|
|Location of Tarragona, Spain|
|Location of Spain|
|Title in the Language:||España, Provincia de Tarragona, Registros Municipales|
|Archivos Históricos Provincial de Tarragona|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes civil registration (birth, marriage, and death), census, wills, and military (quintas) records for the cities and parishes of Benissanet, Rasquera, Torre de l'Espanyol and Tortosa in the Tarragona Province of Spain from 1430 to 1943.
These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
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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
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Military draft and enlistment
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- Approximate date of the event
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
- 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 the family in church records
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
- 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
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
- Some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be listed under their maiden name in a death record
- Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
- Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. It is also possible that a boundary change occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Note that marriages usually took place where the bride resided
- Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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