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== Foreign Language Title  ==
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== Title in the Language of the Records ==
  
Registros Parroquiales de la Diócesis Católica de Ávila, España.  
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'''Registros Parroquiales de la Diócesis Católica de Ávila, España.'''
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection of Catholic Church parish records of the Diocese of Avila, Spain, covers the years from 1502 to 1978.  
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This collection of Catholic Church parish records of the Diocese of Avila, Spain, covers the years from 1502 to 1975.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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This collection contains digital copies of records of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parish of the Diocese of Avila in Spain and includes an index of records of several parishes in the diocese. Additional indexed data will be added as they become available. Some of the parish records from Avila have been preserved well, but others 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 and are separated from other registers by years. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers, but can also be found with deaths and marriages. Generally, entries were created in chronological order. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical documents written in Latin. The text of the records is in Spanish.
  
Digital copies of records of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parish of the Diocese of Avila in Spain. This collection includes an index of records of several parishes in the diocese. Additional indexed data will be added as they become available. Some of the parish records from Avila have been preserved well, but others 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 and are separated from other registers by years. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers, but can also be found with deaths and marriages. Generally, entries were created in chronological order. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical documents written in Latin. Text of the records is in Spanish.
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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; however, the older records were centralized in the diocesan archive, as it is done currently. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Spanish Catholic parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, deaths, burials, and other ordinances.
  
'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church baptismal records include:[[Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Christening.jpg|thumb|right]]<br>'''
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Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing Spanish genealogical research.  
  
*Date and place of the event
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1449880/waypoints Browse].
*Name of person baptized
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*When and where the child was born or age at time of baptism
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*If legitimate or illegitimate
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*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of birth
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*Names of maternal/paternal grandparents and names of godparents
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'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church marriage records include:[[Image:Spain Catholic Parish Marriage Record.jpg|thumb|right]]'''
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
*Date and place of the event
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
*Complete maiden name of the bride and name of&nbsp;groom
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*Civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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{{Collection citation | text= "Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Diocesano de Ávila.}}
*Place and date of birth of the couple (natural of)
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*Occupation
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[[Spain, Catholic Church Diocese of Avila Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of birth (natural of)
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*Sometimes, the parent’s civil status
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== Record Content  ==
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'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church christening records include:<br>'''[[Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Christening.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Christening.jpg]]<br>
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*Date and place of christening, including name of church
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*Child's name and gender
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*Child's legitimacy
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*Child's date and place of birth  
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*Father's name and birthplace
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*Mother's maiden name and birthplace
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*Names of paternal grandparents and their birthplace
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*Names of maternal grandparents and their birthplace
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*Names of witnesses
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'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church marriage records include:''' [[Image:Spain Catholic Parish Marriage Record.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Catholic Parish Marriage Record.jpg]]<br>
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*Date and place of marriage, including parish and priest's name
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*Groom's name and age
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*Groom's occupation
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*Names of groom's parents
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*Bride's name and age
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*Bride's birthplace
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*Names of bride's parents
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church death records include:[[Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg|thumb|right]]'''
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'''Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church death records include:''' [[Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg]]  
  
*Date and place where the person died
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*Date, time and place of death
*Name of the deceased,&nbsp;age or birth date, and place of birth
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*Name and age of deceased  
*Cause of death (illness, accident, senility, etc.)
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*Place of birth of deceased
*Residence of the deceased
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*Civil status and residence of deceased
*Sometimes will mention the deceased parents' names and their origin
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*Cause of death  
*Testament information (Testaments will include the name of the children, deceased civil status (widowed, single, divorce), and name and place of birth of the spouse)
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*Spouse's name if married
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*Sometimes, will mention deceased parents  
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*Testament information (Testaments include the names of the children)  
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*Names of witnesses
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*Burial information
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. These may also be the only records available for Spanish research before civil registration was implemented in 1871. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
 
The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. These may also be the only records available for Spanish research before civil registration was implemented in 1871. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
  
*The place where the event occurred
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*The place where the event occurred  
*The name and surname of the person
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*The name and surname of the person  
*The approximate date of the event
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*The approximate date of the event  
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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'''For example:'''
 
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For example:  
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Compile the marriage 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.  
 
*Compile the marriage 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.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
Keep in mind:  
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'''Keep in mind:'''
  
 
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
== Record History  ==
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'''To search the collection using the browse you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de Ciudad o Pueblo" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de Parroquia" category<br>⇒ Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" category which takes you to the images.
  
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; however, the older records were centralized in the diocesan archive, as it is done currently. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
Spanish Catholic parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, deaths, burials, and other ordinances.
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Spain, Catholic Church Diocese of Avila Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing Spanish genealogical research.<br>
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/place/spain/1760 World Vital Records]
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in this Collection ====
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
Original recordss are housed in different parish archives throughout the Province of Avila, Spain. <br>
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
Detailed instructions for adding citations are also listed in the wiki article: [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/How_to_Create_Source_Citations_For_FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]
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"Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975" &nbsp; index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 November 2011). entry for Teresa Morales, 25 July 1857; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,180,910; Avila Catholic Diocesan Historical Archive, Avila, Spain.
  
 
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Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Diócesis Católica de Ávila, España.

Record Description

This collection of Catholic Church parish records of the Diocese of Avila, Spain, covers the years from 1502 to 1975.

This collection contains digital copies of records of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parish of the Diocese of Avila in Spain and includes an index of records of several parishes in the diocese. Additional indexed data will be added as they become available. Some of the parish records from Avila have been preserved well, but others 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 and are separated from other registers by years. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers, but can also be found with deaths and marriages. Generally, entries were created in chronological order. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical documents written in Latin. The text of the records is in 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; however, the older records were centralized in the diocesan archive, as it is done currently. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive

Spanish Catholic parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, deaths, burials, and other ordinances.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing Spanish genealogical research.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Diocesano de Ávila.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church christening records include:
Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Christening.jpg

  • Date and place of christening, including name of church
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's legitimacy
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Names of paternal grandparents and their birthplace
  • Names of maternal grandparents and their birthplace
  • Names of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church marriage records include:
Spain Catholic Parish Marriage Record.jpg

  • Date and place of marriage, including parish and priest's name
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's occupation
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in Catholic Church death records include:
Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Place of birth of deceased
  • Civil status and residence of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Spouse's name if married
  • Sometimes, will mention deceased parents
  • Testament information (Testaments include the names of the children)
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial information

How to Use the Records

The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. These may also be the only records available for Spanish research before civil registration was implemented in 1871. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage 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.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

To search the collection using the browse you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Nombre de Ciudad o Pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Nombre de Parroquia" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975"   index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 November 2011). entry for Teresa Morales, 25 July 1857; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,180,910; Avila Catholic Diocesan Historical Archive, Avila, Spain.