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{{breadcrumb| link1=[[Spain Genealogy|Spain]]| link2=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngAndalucia, Spain Genealogy|Andalucia]]| link3=| link4=| link5=[[{{PAGENAME}}|Jaén Province]]}}Guide to '''JaénProvince ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. {{Spain -sidebar}}<div style="display:flex; flex-wrap:wrap"><div style="width:305px">__TOC__</div><div style="width:305px; display:flex; align-items:top; justify-content:center"><div id="fsButtons"><div style="margin-bottom:15px"><span class="online_records_button">[[Spain Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div><span class="community_button" >[[FamilySearch GenealogyResearch Groups|Ask the <br>Community]]</span></div></div><div style="max-width:305px">[[Image:SP Locator Map Spain Jaén.png|thumb|<center>JaénProvince</center>]]</div></div><br>'''Most of your genealogical research for Jaén will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.''' == History ==Jaén is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Ciudad Real, Albacete, Granada and Córdoba. Its capital is Jaén city and it contains 97 municipalities.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Province of Jaén (Spain)," ''Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Jaén_(Spain) (accessed September 7, 2020).</ref>
'''Most of your genealogical research for Jaén will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
==Civil Registration==
*Spanish civil registration records (government birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates) began in 1871.
*Larger cities may have multiple civil registration districts, and smaller towns may have their own civil registration office, or belong to an office of a nearby town. To determine the political jurisdiction for the town where your ancestors came from, please see the [[Spain Gazetteers|'''Spain Gazetteers''']] article. <br>
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'''Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:''' <br>
'''Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:''' ===1. Online Digitized Civil RegistrationRecords===The following records are available online from [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&countryId=1927167 FamilySearch Historical Records:]<br>
*'''1519-1941''' - {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941}}, free, at FamilySearch — indexand images, incomplete.*'''1519-1941''' - {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941|access=browse}}, free, browseable at FamilySearch — browsable images, incomplete.<br>
=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Microfilmed Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
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'''There might be microfilmed Microfilmed copies of Civil Registration records are often available but not included and are being digitized for online access in the online collectionsFamilySearch Catalog.''' Held in the collection of the Family History Library, these microfilms may Some images can only be viewed at a family history center. Find your closest [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History CentersCenter.]'''] around the world. <br>'''To find a microfilmsearch the FamilySearch Catalog:'''
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:::a. Click on this link to see a see list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=122205&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Ja%C3%A9n%22 '''records for Spain, Jaén'''].
:::b. Click on '''"Places within Spain, Jaén"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
:::d. Click on the '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm 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 microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
===3. Ordering Certificates From the '''Ministerio de Justica'''Justicia ===*Researchers can solicit the [httphttps://www2sede.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html en '''Ministerio de Justicia'''] online for copies of certificates.
*For detailed information on how to order these records online, please see the article [[Order Spain Vital Records Online|'''Order Spain Vital Records Online''']]. It will take you through the process step by step, and includes translation of terms you will find in that process.<br>
===4. Writing to the Civil Registry of a Municipality===
*'''NOTE:''Juzgado de la Paz'All lines of the ''international'' or ''delivery address should appear in all capital letters. If possible, the address should have no more than five lines. For more information see [https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc1_008.htm '''Oficina del Registro Civil USPS International Mail Manual''''' should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails].<br>
* Use '''''Juzgado de la Paz''''' (Court of Peace) or '''''Oficina Registro Civil '''''(Civil Registry Office) should be contacted if the following address, filling in online request for the parentheses with certificate copy to the specific information for your town : Ministerio de Justicia fails.
::* '''Oficina del Registro The complete address for the CivilRegistry Office, including the postal code and other contact information'''<br>::(Street address: for the towns/cities listed on the [httphttps://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?lang=es_es&apartado=buscadorMunicipios&URL_ORIGEN=&origen=G&tipo=RC&provincia=04 23 '''This linkRegistro Civil—Municipios for the Province of Jaén'''] will give (Civil Registry—Municipalities) page appears after you addresses for all select the civil registries in Jaén.)::([http:/town/postalcode.globefeedcity.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp Write or email a '''postal codebrief request in Spanish''')] (City)<br>for the certificate copy using the address format below::Jaén, Spain
*<p style="padding-top:.5px;">{| style="vertical-align: center; width:78%; border:1px solid gray; margin-left:25px""||-! style=" border:1px solid gray; width:50%; background-color:#CFF3FF; padding:3px;"|''Address Format''! style=" border:1px solid gray; width:50%; background-color:#CFF3FF; padding:3px"|''Example for the city, Albánchez de Mágina''|-| style="vertical-align: top; border:1px solid gray;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px" |:'''OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL''':'''(DIRECCIÓN=STREET ADDRESS)''':'''[httphttps://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp ?st=Andalusia (Código Postal=postal code)](LOCALIDAD=CITY)'''Find the Spain postal code here.:'''JAÉN'''] <br>*Write a brief request to the proper office. Send the following: '''ESPAÑA'''
:*Full name and the sex of the person soughtTel. :*Names of the parents, if known. +34 (9 digit phone#):*Approximate date and place of the event. Fax:*Your relationship to the person. :*Reason for the request +34 (family history, medical, etc.9 digit Fax#). :*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record. Email:*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00email address).
| style="vertical-align: top; border:1px solid gray; padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px"|:'''OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL''':'''ARQUITECTO BERGES, 16''' :'''23003 JAÉN''':'''JAÉN''':'''ESPAÑA''' :Tel.: +34 953 963 285:Fax: +34 953 012 751:Email: registrocivil.jaen@justicia.es|}</p> <p style="padding-top:.5px "></p>*'''Write a brief request to the proper office'''. Send the following:**Full name and the sex of the person sought.**Names of the parents, if known.**Approximate date and place of the event.**Your relationship to the person.**Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).**Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.**Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00). '''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases is this The [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/imagesimg_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''<br>will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests in Spanish using the translated questions and phrases.
== Catholic Church Records ==
*'''Tip: '''If you are researching after 1869, when Civil Registration started in Spain, both church and civil records should be searched since there may be information in one record that does not appear in the other.
 
===1. Online Church Records===
Currently, there are no online church records for this area. You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.
Search [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list/?ec=region%3AEUROPE&cqs=spain '''FamilySearch Historical Records'''] and the [[Jaén,_Spain_Genealogy#2._Microfilmed_Church_Records_in_the_FamilySearch_Catalog|'''FamilySearch Catalog''']] for Jaén to see if there are online church records for this area. If no records are available, contact the [[Jaén,_Spain_Genealogy#3._Writing_to_Request_Catholic_Church_Records|'''diocese archives''']]. ===2. Microfilmed Church Records From in the Family History LibraryFamilySearch Catalog ===
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:::a. Click on this link to see a see list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=119333122205&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Almer20Ja%C3%ADaA9n%22 '''records for Spain, Jaén'''].
:::b. Click on '''"Places within Spain, Jaén"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm 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 microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead  ===3. Writing to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.Request Catholic Church Records ===
===3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by '''contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archivesNOTE:''' All lines of the ''international'' delivery address should appear in Spainall capital letters. Write your request in Spanish whenever If possible, the address should have no more than five lines. '''''This method is not always reliableFor more information see [https://pe.usps. Officials might or might not respondcom/text/imm/immc1_008.htm '''USPS International Mail Manual''' ].<br>
*Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by '''contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives''' in Spain. Write a brief your request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as guide, replacing the information in parentheses:<br>whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials may or may not respond.'''''
:*The '''Reverendo PadreProvince of Jaén'''in the Andalusia Autonomous Community is in the [https://conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis-de-jaen/'''Parroquia Diócesis de (name of parish) Jaén''']. Write or telephone to inquire whether the diocese holds the parish records: <p style="padding-top:.5px;">:'''(street address, if known: consult [http://www.thecatholicdirectoryEXCMO.com/directorySR.cfm OBISPO DE JAÉN'''The Catholic Directory<br>:'''])PLAZA DE STA. MARÍA, 2'''<br>:'''([http23002 JAÉN://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''postal code''']), (city), JaénJAÉN'''<br>:'''SpainESPAÑA'''<br>
*[http://postalcodeTel.globefeed: +34 953 230 036 <br>:Fax: +34 953 230 037 <br>:Email: obispado@diocesisdejaen.comes</Spain_Postal_Codep><p style="padding-top:.asp '''Find the Spain postal code here.'''] 5px "></p>
*'''When requesting information''', send be brief and write the request in Spanish. Please include the following:<br>**Money for the search fee, usually $10.00**Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought**Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known**Approximate date and place of the event**Your relationship to the ancestor**Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)**Request for a photocopy of the complete original record<br>
*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC) *Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought *Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known *Approximate date and place of the event *Your relationship to the ancestor *Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on) *Request for a photocopy of the complete original record<br>'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases is this The [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/imagesimg_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]]'''will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests in Spanish using the translated questions and phrases.
==Reading the Records==
*You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|'''Spanish Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document. Reading handwriting skills are taught in the [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanishthe-spanish-documents-pages/en/welcome.aspx sp-overview(english) '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
*Online interactive slideshow Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting::*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons are available to help you learn to read these records: /paleogra-what-deciphering-spanish-handwriting-introduction '''Deciphering Spanish Handwriting''']<br>
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/Detailed instructions for reading-spanish-handwritten-Spanish records-lesson-1-, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the-spanish-alphabet/217 '''Reading [[Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1'''] :*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Extraction Manual|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2Extraction Manual.''']] :*[https://familysearchscript.orgbyu.edu/learningcenterPages/lesson/readingthe-spanish-handwrittendocuments-records-lesson-3-readingpages/sp-spanish-records/220 overview(english) '''Reading BYU Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3Script Tutorial''']also provides lessons and examples.<br>
==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
*If earlier generations are not in the record, '''search neighboring parishes. '''
== References ==<references />
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