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Guide to '''Jaén Province 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 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.'''
 
'''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.'''
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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>
 
*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>
 
  
===1. Online Digitized Civil Registration===
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'''Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:'''
The following records are available online from [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&countryId=1927167 FamilySearch Historical Records:]<br>
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===1. Online Civil Registration Records===
  
*'''1519-1941''' {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain Province of Jaén Municipal Records 1519-1941}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images  
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*'''1519-1941''' - {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941}} at FamilySearch — index and images, incomplete.
*'''1519-1941''' - {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941|access=browse}}, free, browsable images, incomplete.
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*'''1519-1941''' - {{RecordSearch|2015358|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941|access=browse}} at FamilySearch — browsable images, incomplete.
  
=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
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=== 2. Microfilmed Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
 
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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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:::a. Click on this link to see a 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'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a 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.
 
:::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.
 
:::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.
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:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
 
:::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.  
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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.
  
===3. Ordering Certificates From the '''Ministerio de Justica'''===
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===3. Ordering Certificates From the Ministerio de Justicia ===
*Researchers can solicit the [http://www2.mjusticia.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html '''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>
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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.
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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=23 '''Registro Civil—Municipios for the Province of Jaén''']  (Civil Registry—Municipalities) page appears after you select the town/city. Write or email a ''brief request in Spanish'' for the certificate copy using the address format below:
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''Example for the city, Albánchez de Mágina''
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:'''OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL'''
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:'''JAÉN'''
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:'''ESPAÑA'''
  
* Use the following address, filling in the parentheses with the specific information for your town :
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:Tel.: +34 (9 digit phone#)
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:Fax: +34 (9 digit Fax#)
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:Email: (email address)
  
::'''Oficina del Registro Civil'''<br>
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::(Street address: [http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?lang=es_es&apartado=buscadorMunicipios&URL_ORIGEN=&origen=G&tipo=RC&provincia=23 '''This link'''] will give you addresses for all the civil registries in Jaén.)
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:'''OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL'''
::([http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''postal code''')] (City)<br>
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:'''ARQUITECTO BERGES, 16'''
::Jaén, Spain
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:'''23003 JAÉN'''
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:'''JAÉN'''
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:'''ESPAÑA'''
  
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''Find the Spain postal code here.'''] <br>
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:Tel.: +34 953 963 285
*Write a brief request to the proper office.  Send the following:
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:Fax: +34 953 012 751
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:Email: registrocivil.jaen@justicia.es
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:*Full name and the sex of the person sought.  
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:*Names of the parents, if known.  
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*'''Write a brief request to the proper office'''. Send the following:
:*Approximate date and place of the event.  
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**Full name and the sex of the person sought.
:*Your relationship to the person.  
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**Names of the parents, if known.
:*Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).  
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**Approximate date and place of the event.
:*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.  
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**Your relationship to the person.
:*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
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**Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
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**Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
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**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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'''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.
 
  
===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 [[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''']].
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===2. Microfilmed Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
 
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'''There might be microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections. '''Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. '''To find a microfilm:'''
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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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:::a. Click on this link to see a 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'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a 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'''].
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::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.   
 
:::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.  
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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 ===
  
===3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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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>
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.'''''  
 
  
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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*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.'''''
  
:'''Reverendo Padre'''
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*The '''Province of Jaén''' in the Andalusia Autonomous Community is in the [https://conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis-de-jaen/'''Diócesis de Jaén''']. Write or telephone to inquire whether the diocese holds the parish records:
:'''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), Jaén'''
 
:'''Spain'''
 
  
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Spain_Postal_Code.asp '''Find the Spain postal code here.''']
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:'''EXCMO. SR. OBISPO DE JAÉN'''<br>
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:'''PLAZA DE STA. MARÍA, 2'''<br>
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:'''23002 JAÉN
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:'''JAÉN'''<br>
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:'''ESPAÑA'''<br>
  
When requesting information, send the following:<br>  
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:Tel.: +34 953 230 036 <br>
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:Fax: +34 953 230 037 <br>
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:Email: obispado@diocesisdejaen.es
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00  
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*'''When requesting information''', be brief and write the request in Spanish. Please include the following:<br>
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought  
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**Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known  
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**Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
*Approximate date and place of the event  
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**Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
*Your relationship to the ancestor  
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**Approximate date and place of the event
*Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)  
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**Your relationship to the ancestor
*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
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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>
  
'''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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'''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==
  
*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/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''].
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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'''].
 
 
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
 
  
:*{{LearningCenter2|203|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1'''}}
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*Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:
:*{{LearningCenter2|206|'''Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2'''}}
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/paleogra-what-deciphering-spanish-handwriting-introduction '''Deciphering Spanish Handwriting''']<br>
:*{{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.''']]
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) '''BYU Spanish Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
  
 
==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
 
==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====

Latest revision as of 15:17, 28 March 2021

Guide to Jaén Province 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 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[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

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]

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:

a. Click on this link to see a list of 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 "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. 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 Province of Jaén (Civil Registry—Municipalities) page appears after you select the town/city. Write or email a brief request in Spanish for the certificate copy using the address format below:

Address Format

Example for the city, Albánchez de Mágina

OFICINA REGISTRO CIVIL
(DIRECCIÓN=STREET ADDRESS)
(Código Postal=postal code)(LOCALIDAD=CITY)
JAÉN
ESPAÑA
Tel.: +34 (9 digit phone#)
Fax: +34 (9 digit Fax#)
Email: (email address)
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

  • 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 Jaén 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, 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. 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.
  • The Province of Jaén in the Andalusia Autonomous Community is in the Diócesis de Jaén. Write or telephone to inquire whether the diocese holds the parish records:

EXCMO. SR. OBISPO DE JAÉN
PLAZA DE STA. MARÍA, 2
23002 JAÉN
JAÉN
ESPAÑA
Tel.: +34 953 230 036
Fax: +34 953 230 037
Email: obispado@diocesisdejaen.es

  • 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, "Province of Jaén (Spain)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Jaén_(Spain) (accessed September 7, 2020).