Spain Catholic Church Directories

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=== Introduction ===
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''[[Spain|Spain]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Spain Church Directories|Church Directories]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Spain_Catholic_Church_Directories|Catholic Directories]]''
  
Church directories are invaluable resources in Spanish family history. Most parish records in Spain older than 100 years old have been centralized into diocesan archives throughout the country. Each dioceses has different hours and rules for their archive, and are published in church directories and guides. Catholic Church directories usually contain the following information:<br />
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Church directories are invaluable resources in Spanish family history. Most parish records in Spain older than 100 years old have been centralized into diocesan archives throughout the country. Each dioceses has different hours and rules for their archive, and are published in church directories and guides. Catholic Church directories usually contain the following information:  
  
* Mailing address and telephone number for each diocesan archive (sometimes email addresses and websites)<br />
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*Mailing address and telephone number for each diocesan archive (sometimes email addresses and websites)  
* Brief inventory of the records their archives contain. These inventories usually describe the archives' collection in broad sections.
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*Brief inventory of the records their archives contain. These inventories usually describe the archives' collection in broad sections.  
* Listing of each parish, and an inventory of what records they have for each parish, and when each record type (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials/deaths) began for each parish.
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*Listing of each parish, and an inventory of what records they have for each parish, and when each record type (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials/deaths) began for each parish.
  
=== Where to find Catholic Church directories for Spain ===
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=== Where to find Catholic Church directories for Spain ===
  
There are three main websites that have different forms of guides or inventories of Spanish diocesan archives:<br />
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There are several websites (all in Spanish) that have different forms of guides or inventories of Spanish diocesan archives:<br>  
  
* http://punsola.club.fr/index.htm?menu=dioceses (after choosing the dioceses select the PDF file on the left side of the screen)<br />
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*[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/default.htm Spanish Dioceses with addresses]
* http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/<br />
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*[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/ Conferencia Episcopal Española]
* http://www.mcu.es/archivos/index.html (click on the Censo-guia link)<br />
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*[http://censoarchivos.mcu.es/CensoGuia/portada.htm Censo-Guía de Archivos de España e Iberoamérica]
  
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Another Catholic Church directory source is the book ''[http://www.mcu.es/archivos/docs/ArchivosIglesia.pdf Guia de los Archivos de la Iglesia Catolica en España]'' produced by Archivo Diocesano de Barcelona under the direction of José Mª Martí Bonet.
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Revision as of 22:45, 14 January 2013

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Church directories are invaluable resources in Spanish family history. Most parish records in Spain older than 100 years old have been centralized into diocesan archives throughout the country. Each dioceses has different hours and rules for their archive, and are published in church directories and guides. Catholic Church directories usually contain the following information:

  • Mailing address and telephone number for each diocesan archive (sometimes email addresses and websites)
  • Brief inventory of the records their archives contain. These inventories usually describe the archives' collection in broad sections.
  • Listing of each parish, and an inventory of what records they have for each parish, and when each record type (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials/deaths) began for each parish.

Where to find Catholic Church directories for Spain

There are several websites (all in Spanish) that have different forms of guides or inventories of Spanish diocesan archives:

Another Catholic Church directory source is the book Guia de los Archivos de la Iglesia Catolica en España produced by Archivo Diocesano de Barcelona under the direction of José Mª Martí Bonet.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)