Spain, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985
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|Location of Spain|
|Record Type:||Catholic Church|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España|
|Catholic Church Records, Spain|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection of Catholic parish records covers 1307 through 1985. The collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the dioceses of Avila, Ciudad Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, Gerona, Lugo, Murcia, and Segovia.
The Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death and burial, and other ordinances pertaining to members within the church jurisdiction. They are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Spain.
Most of the records were handwritten in narrative style. In later years, the records may be handwritten in formatted registers. Entries were created in chronological order with the exception of a few entries. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical wording written in Latin, but the main language of the records is Spanish.
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of the parish records in Spain have been preserved relatively well, but some older entries may have some damage.
Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the records of baptisms, marriages, and burials were recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers but can also be found with deaths and marriages.
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
For help reading these Spanish and Latin records, see the following guides: These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:
- 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
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, Now What?[edit | edit source]
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- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
- Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
- Compile the 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
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking or, Now What?[edit | edit source]
- Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
- Or your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Spain Emigration and Immigration
- New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Spain.
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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