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Record Finder Table for Spain

The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.

Order of Records

The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.

List of Topics

This Record Finder table links to the Spain topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.

Vital Events

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Birth date and place
Marriage place and date
Death date, place, and burial

Maiden Names and Family Members

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Maiden name
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
Living relatives

Immigration and Country of Origin

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Immigration date
Country and town of origin

Residences and Locations

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Residence

Personal Details and Affiliations

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Nobility
Nationality and ethnicity
Occupation
Religion
Social activities
Physical description

Reading Spanish Records

Vocabulary
Handwriting
Naming patterns
Writing for records


Provinces and autonomous communities

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png The topic articles listed above give general background, record contents details, and research methods. More specific help is available in topic articles for each jurisdiction, including links to actual records.

Provinces

Spain is divided into 50 provinces. Each province belongs to one of 17 autonomous communities. A list of the provinces of Spain and access to their individual pages are listed below along with a clickable map. Each link will take you to a step-by-step process for research in that province.

Autonomous Communities

Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities (comunidades autonomas, singular - comunidad autonoma) and 2 autonomous cities* (ciudades autonomas, singular - ciudad autonoma).