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Title in the Language of the Records
España, Testamentos Notariales de Cádiz
Collection Time Period
This collection of notary public wills is from the years 1550-1920.
The records are testaments (wills) that were written in the presence of a notary public of the province of Cádiz. This collection was kept at the Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz, Spain. Documents are written in Spanish.
This is a collection of wills created before a notary public, who kept the original document until the death of the person that created the will; another copy was kept at the General Registry of Wills (Registro General de Actos de Última Voluntad). Through the life of the testator, the General Registry kept the will as a secret document, unauthorized to be viewed by anyone until the death of the testator. At the death of the person, the family would inquire at the General Registry of Wills to find out which will was the latest created by the testator and where it was created, especially if the family did not know which notary public was holding the original copy.
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Citation for This Collection
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- Courts in Cádiz. Spain, Cádiz, Testaments. Provincial Historical Archive of Cádiz, Spain.
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Key genealogical facts found in these wills may include the following:
- Names of testators
- Place of origin and of residence
- Legitimacy and parents’ names
- Burial request
- Marriage date and place of testators
- Relatives’ names
- Names of children/heirs and their vital information
- Testamentary executor’s name
- Witnesses’ names
How to Use the Record
The open wills in this collection are alphabetically organized. In order to find your ancestor, it is necessary to know the name of the deceased person that left the will. It will also help to know the approximate year of his or her death.
Why the Record Was Created
A wealthy person usually created a will in order to leave properties and goods as an inheritance to his or her children and others. In order to do this, the person would hire a notary public. The notary had the knowledge to write this kind of document, which needed to fulfill legal formalities.
The vital information contained in these wills may be reliable since the testator had to provide his or her legal identification and proof of property and goods ownership, as well as the names and personal identification of the inheritors.
- Tu Abogado Defensor : La Partición de la Herencia.
- Informes Portal Mayores : El testamento. Clases de testamentos y disposiciones testamentarias.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
- “Spain.Cadiz,Testaments,1550-1920,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org; accessed 14 March 2012), Cadiz,> San Fernando> Protocolo>Antonio Delgado, 1791,image 100 of 138. España. Notario Público de Cádiz. Testamentos, 1550-1920. Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz. Spain. Notary Public of Cadiz. Wills, 1550-1920. Provincial Historical Archive of Cadiz.
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