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Guide to '''La Rioja Autonomous Community ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
 
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'''Most of your genealogical research for La Rioja 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.'''
 
'''Most of your genealogical research for La Rioja 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.'''
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*Spanish civil registration records (government birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates) began in 1871.
 
*Spanish civil registration records (government birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates) began in 1871.
  
*Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local '''''Juzgado de la Paz''''', or '''''Oficinia del Registro Civil'''''. The records are still housed in their local municipal archives. In addition,  Spain does have a '''national index or central repository for civil registration'''.<br>
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*Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local '''''Juzgado de la Paz''''', or '''''Oficinia del Registro Civil'''''. The records are still housed in their local municpal archives. In addition,  Spain does have a '''national index or central repository for civil registration'''.<br>
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*Some ''municipios'' (towns/cities) may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.<br>
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*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>
  
*Some ''municipios'' (towns/cities) may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.<br>
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'''Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:'''
  
*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.
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===1. Online Civil Registration Records===
<br>
 
'''Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:''' <br>
 
  
===1. Online Digitized Civil Registration===
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Search [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list/?ec=region%3AEUROPE&cqs=spain '''FamilySearch Historical Records'''] and the [[Autonomous_Community_of_La Rioja,_Spain_Genealogy#2._Microfilmed_Civil_Registration_Records_in_the_FamilySearch_Catalog|'''FamilySearch Catalog''']] for La Rioja to see if there are online civil registration records for this area.  If no records are available, order a certificate from the [[Autonomous_Community_of_La Rioja,_Spain_Genealogy#3._Ordering_Certificates_From_the_Ministerio_de_Justicia|'''Ministerio of Justicia''']] or the [[Autonomous_Community_of_La Rioja,_Spain_Genealogy#4._Writing_to_the_Civil_Registry_of_a_Municipality|'''Municipality Civil Registry Office''']].
Currently, there are no online FamilySearch Historical civil registration records for this area.  You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.  
 
  
=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
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=== 2. Microfilmed Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
Currently, the Family History Library does not have civil registration microfilms for this area. You should check back from time to time to see if they become availableIn the meantime. it is possible to write for the records.
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'''Microfilmed copies of Civil Registration records are often available and are being digitized for online access in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some images can only be viewed at a family history center. Find your closest [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ Family History Center.]'''<br>
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'''To search the FamilySearch Catalog:'''
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::Search ''Logroño'':
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=124467&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Logro%C3%B1o%22 '''records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja)'''].
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:::b. If the topic, ''Civil Registration'' appears:
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::::*Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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::::*Go to '''Step h''' below for more instructions.
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:::c. If the topic does not appear, go to '''Step e''' to search the town or city.
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::''Search towns and cities of Logroño'':
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:::d. Click on this link to see a list of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=124467&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Logro%C3%B1o%22 '''records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja)'''].
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:::e. Click on '''"Places within Spain, Logroño"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::f. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::g. Click on the '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::h. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
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:::i. 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.
  
===3. Ordering Certificates From the '''Ministerio de Justica'''===
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===3. Ordering Certificates From the Ministerio de Justicia===
*Researchers can solicit the [https://sede.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/Sede/es/tramites '''Ministerio de Justicia'''] online for copies of certificates.  
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*Researchers can solicit the [https://sede.mjusticia.gob.es/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>
 
*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===
 
===4. Writing to the Civil Registry of a Municipality===
*'''''Juzgado de la Paz''''' or '''''Oficina del Registro Civil ''''' should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
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'''NOTE:''' All lines of the ''international'' 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 '''USPS International Mail Manual'''].<br>
  
* Use the following address, filling in the parentheses with the specific information for your town :
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*'''''Juzgado de la Paz''''' (Court of Peace) or '''''Oficina Registro Civil '''''(Civil Registry Office) should be contacted if the online request for the certificate copy to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
  
::'''Oficina del Registro Civil'''<br>
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* '''The complete address for the Civil Registry Office, including the postal code and other contact information''' for the towns/cities listed on the [https://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?lang=es_es&apartado=buscadorMunicipios&URL_ORIGEN=&origen=G&tipo=RC&provincia=26 '''Registro Civil—Municipios for the Autonomous Community of La Rioja'''] (Civil Registry—Municipalities) page appears after you select the town/city. Write or email a ''brief request in Spanish for a certificate copy '' using the address format below:
::(Street address: [http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?lang=es_es&apartado=buscadorMunicipios&URL_ORIGEN=&origen=G&tipo=RC&provincia=26 '''This link'''] will give you addresses for all the civil registries in La Rioja.)
 
::([http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''postal code''')] (City)<br>
 
::La Rioja, Spain
 
  
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''Find the Spain postal code here.'''] <br>
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*Write a brief request to the proper office.  Send the following:  
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''Address Format''
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''Example for the city, Abalos''
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:'''OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL'''
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:'''(DIRECCIÓN=STREET ADDRESS)'''
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:'''[https://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp?st=La%20Rioja (Código Postal=postal code)](LOCALIDAD=CITY)'''
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:'''LA RIOJA'''
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:'''ESPAÑA'''
  
:*Full name and the sex of the person sought.  
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:Tel.: +34 (9 digit phone#)
:*Names of the parents, if known.
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:Fax: +34 (9 digit Fax#)
:*Approximate date and place of the event.
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:Email: (email address)
:*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 in this [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
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:'''JDO. 1ª INSTANCIA E INSTRUCCIÓN Nº 1'''
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:'''PLAZA CASTAÑARES, S/N EDIF. CID PATERNINA'''
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:'''26200 HARO'''
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:'''LA RIOJA'''
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:'''ESPAÑA'''
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:Tel.: +34 941 310 096
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:Fax: +34 941 303 794
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:Email: decanatoharo@justicia.es
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|}
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</p>
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<p style="padding-top:.5px "></p>
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*'''Write a brief request to the proper office'''. Send the following:
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**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).
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' The [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_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.
  
 
== Catholic Church Records  ==
 
== Catholic Church Records  ==
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===1. Online Church Records===
 
===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.<br>
 
  
===2. Microfilmed Records From the Family History Library===
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Search [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list/?ec=region%3AEUROPE&cqs=spain '''FamilySearch Historical Records'''] and the [[La Rioja,_Spain_Genealogy#2._Microfilmed_Church_Records_in_the_FamilySearch_Catalog|'''FamilySearch Catalog''']] for La Rioja to see if there are online church records for this area.  If no records are available, contact the [[La Rioja,_Spain_Genealogy#3._Writing_to_Request_Catholic_Church_Records|'''diocese archives''']].
Currently, the Family History Library does not have church records microfilms for this area.  You should check back from time to time to see if they become available.  In the meantime. it is possible to write for the records.
 
  
===3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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===2. Microfilmed Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog===
Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by '''contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives''' in Spain. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''  
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{|
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|-
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|[[File:Icon-warning.png|75px]]
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|
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'''Microfilmed copies of Church records are often available and are being digitized for online access in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some images can only be viewed at a family history center. Find your closest [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ Family History Center.]'''<br>
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'''To search the FamilySearch Catalog:'''
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|}
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=124467&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Logro%C3%B1o%22 '''records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja)'''].
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Spain, Logroño"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor. 
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:::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.
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===3. Writing to Request Catholic Church Records ===
  
Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as guide, replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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'''NOTE:''' All lines of the ''international'' 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 '''USPS International Mail Manual'''].<br>
  
:'''Reverendo Padre'''
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*Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by '''contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives''' in Spain. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials may or may not respond.'''''
:'''Parroquia de (name of parish) '''
 
:'''(street address) Search [http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/parroquias-por-diocesis-y-provincias/ '''The Church in Spain'''] by province (Selecciona la provincia) or parish (Nombre de la parroquia).
 
:'''([http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp  '''postal code''']), (city), La Rioja'''
 
:'''Spain'''
 
  
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''Find the Spain postal code here.''']  
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*The '''Autonomous Community of La Rioja''' coextensive with the '''Province of La Rioja''' is in the [https://conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis-de-calahorra-y-la-calzada-logrono/'''Diócesis de Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño''']. Write or telephone to inquire whether the diocese holds the parish records:
  
When requesting information, send the following:<br>  
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:'''EXCMO. SR. OBISPO DE CALAHORRA Y LA CALZADA-LOGROÑO'''<br>
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:'''CALLE DEL OBISPO FIDEL GARCÍA, 1'''<br>
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:'''26004 LOGROÑO'''<br>
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:'''LA RIOJA'''<br>
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:'''ESPAÑA'''<br>
  
*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
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:Tel.: +34 941 270 008 <br>
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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:Fax: +34 941 271 098 <br>
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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:Email: vgeneral@iglesiaenlarioja.org <br>
*Approximate date and place of the event
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</p>
*Your relationship to the ancestor
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<p style="padding-top:.5px "></p>
*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 in this [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
 
  
== Online Records ==
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*'''When requesting information''', be brief and write the request in Spanish. Please include the following:<br>
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**Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
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**Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
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**Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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**Approximate date and place of the event
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**Your relationship to the ancestor
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**Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
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**Request for a photocopy of the complete original record<br>
  
*'''1835-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2558684|Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' The [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_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==
 
==Reading the Records==
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*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/the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
 
*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/the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
  
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:  
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*Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:
 
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/paleogra-what-deciphering-spanish-handwriting-introduction '''Deciphering Spanish Handwriting''']<br>
:*{{LearningCenter2|203|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1'''}}
 
:*{{LearningCenter2|206|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2'''}}
 
:*{{LearningCenter2|207|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3'''}}
 
  
 
*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]
 
*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]

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Guide to La Rioja Autonomous Community ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Most of your genealogical research for La Rioja 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.

Autonomous Communities[edit | edit source]

Autonomous communities are larger jurisdictions found within Spain and may contain several provinces. It is both a political and administrative division. The autonomous communities of Spain were created in 1978. To learn more about them please read Autonomous communities of Spain.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

La Rioja is an autonomous community and a province in northcentral Spain first created as the province of Logroño in 1833. The name of the province was changed to La Rioja in 1980 as a prelude to its constitution under a single provincial autonomous community in 1982 (the province and the autonomous community shared boundaries). It is located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula and it borders the Basque Country (province of Álava) to the north, Navarre to the northeast, Aragón to the southeast (province of Zaragoza), and Castilla y León to the west, and south (provinces of Burgos and Soria). Its capital is Logroño and it is organized into 174 municipalities.[2]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Spanish civil registration records (government birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates) began in 1871.
  • Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local Juzgado de la Paz, or Oficinia del Registro Civil. The records are still housed in their local municpal archives. In addition, Spain does have a national index or central repository for civil registration.
  • Some municipios (towns/cities) may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.
  • 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 article.

Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:

1. Online Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Search FamilySearch Historical Records and the FamilySearch Catalog for La Rioja to see if there are online civil registration records for this area. If no records are available, order a certificate from the Ministerio of Justicia or the Municipality Civil Registry Office.

2. Microfilmed Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

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Microfilmed copies of Civil Registration records are often available and are being digitized for online access in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some images can only be viewed at a family history center. Find your closest Family History Center.
To search the FamilySearch Catalog:

Search Logroño:
a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja).
b. If the topic, Civil Registration appears:
  • Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
  • Go to Step h below for more instructions.
c. If the topic does not appear, go to Step e to search the town or city.
Search towns and cities of Logroño:
d. Click on this link to see a list of records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja).
e. Click on "Places within Spain, Logroño" and a list of towns and cities will open.
f. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
g. Click on the "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
h. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
i. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png 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.

3. Ordering Certificates From the Ministerio de Justicia[edit | edit source]

  • Researchers can solicit the 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. It will take you through the process step by step, and includes translation of terms you will find in that process.

4. Writing to the Civil Registry of a Municipality[edit | edit source]

NOTE: All lines of the international delivery address should appear in all capital letters. If possible, the address should have no more than five lines. For more information see USPS International Mail Manual.

  • Juzgado de la Paz (Court of Peace) or Oficina Registro Civil (Civil Registry Office) should be contacted if the online request for the certificate copy to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
  • The complete address for the Civil Registry Office, including the postal code and other contact information for the towns/cities listed on the Registro Civil—Municipios for the Autonomous Community of La Rioja (Civil Registry—Municipalities) page appears after you select the town/city. Write or email a brief request in Spanish for a certificate copy using the address format below:

Address Format

Example for the city, Abalos

OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL
(DIRECCIÓN=STREET ADDRESS)
(Código Postal=postal code)(LOCALIDAD=CITY)
LA RIOJA
ESPAÑA
Tel.: +34 (9 digit phone#)
Fax: +34 (9 digit Fax#)
Email: (email address)
JDO. 1ª INSTANCIA E INSTRUCCIÓN Nº 1
PLAZA CASTAÑARES, S/N EDIF. CID PATERNINA
26200 HARO
LA RIOJA
ESPAÑA
Tel.: +34 941 310 096
Fax: +34 941 303 794
Email: decanatoharo@justicia.es

  • 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. The Spanish Letter-writing Guide will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests in Spanish using the translated questions and phrases.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Catholicism's roots extend deep into Spain's history. Parish and diocesan records created by the Catholic Church in Spain have long been considered some of the richest genealogical records in the world. Ever since the Council of Trent, Catholic parish records have been consistently recorded, usually providing three generations in a single baptismal entry.
  • The vast majority of Spaniards are Catholic, and so almost every Spaniard can be found in the records of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was the primary record keeper of births, marriages, and deaths, until civil registration started in 1869.
  • Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due natural disasters such as fire, flood, and earthquakes. Civil and political strife has also caused record loss, including during time of the Spanish Civil War.
  • The Catholic Church has created several different records. The most used in genealogical research include: baptisms (bautizos, bautismos), marriages (matrimonios), and burials (entierros, defunciones, fallecimientos). Other records include: confirmations (confimaciones) and pre-marriage investigations (expedientes matrimoniales, información matrimonial).
  • 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[edit | edit source]

Search FamilySearch Historical Records and the FamilySearch Catalog for La Rioja to see if there are online church records for this area. If no records are available, contact the diocese archives.

2. Microfilmed Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

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Microfilmed copies of Church records are often available and are being digitized for online access in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some images can only be viewed at a family history center. Find your closest Family History Center.
To search the FamilySearch Catalog:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Spain, Logroño (now La Rioja).
b. Click on "Places within Spain, Logroño" 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. FHL icons.png 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.

3. Writing to Request Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

NOTE: All lines of the international delivery address should appear in all capital letters. If possible, the address should have no more than five lines. For more information see USPS International Mail Manual.

  • Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Spain. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials may or may not respond.

EXCMO. SR. OBISPO DE CALAHORRA Y LA CALZADA-LOGROÑO
CALLE DEL OBISPO FIDEL GARCÍA, 1
26004 LOGROÑO
LA RIOJA
ESPAÑA
Tel.: +34 941 270 008
Fax: +34 941 271 098
Email: vgeneral@iglesiaenlarioja.org

  • When requesting information, be brief and write the request in Spanish. Please include the following:
    • 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

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. The 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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 to translate the important points in the document. Reading handwriting skills are taught in the BYU Spanish Script Tutorial.
  • Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records[edit | edit source]

Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.

  • Search for the birth record of the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Then, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all family members.
  • Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.
  • If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Autonomous communities of Spain," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_communities_of_Spain (accessed September 24, 2020).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "La Rioja," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Rioja (accessed September 24, 2020).