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Foreign Language Title
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Albacete, España.
Collection Time Period
The Family History Library collection of the Roman Catholic Church parish records for the province of Albacete, Spain, covers the years 1504–1979.
Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the entries for these events may have been recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptisms. The earlier records may have some words or entries written in Latin. In general, the records were created in chronological order.
Record ContentKey genealogical information found in baptismal records:
- Date and place of the baptism
- Name of the person being baptized
- Date and place of birth or age at the time of baptism
- If illegitimate
- Parents’ names, their residence or place of birth
- Names of grandparents and godparents
- Date and place of the marriage
- Complete names of the bride and groom (including the woman’s maiden name)
- Civil status (single, divorced, widowed) at the time of the event
- Birth dates and places for the marriage partners
- Parents’ names and residence or place of birth
- Sometimes the parents’ civil status
- Names of the witnesses
- Date and place of the death
- Name and age of the deceased or date and place of birth
- Cause of death (illness, accident, senility, and so on)
- Residence of the deceased
- If the person left a testament, the record will list the children’s names, the civil status of the deceased (single, divorced, widowed), the name and birthplace of the spouse, and sometimes the parents’ names and where they are from.
Key genealogical information found in confirmation records:
- Date and place of the confirmation
- Name of the person
- Names of the parents or godparents
How to Use the Records
The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. They may be the only records available before civil registration was implemented in 1871.
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 sent to the diocesan archive, as it is done today. Some earlier records may have been recreated, because the originals may have been destroyed during the Spanish wars. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100 percent of a city’s population. This collection includes only the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive.
Why This Record Was Created
Catholic parish registers in Spain were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing Spanish genealogical research.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in this Collection
- “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.
- “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.