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There are three different ways to obtain Spanish Catholic Church records.  
 
There are three different ways to obtain Spanish Catholic Church records.  
  
*'''Online''' - Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online. The following archives have placed either indexes or images online.
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=== '''Online''' ===
  
[http://mendezmende.org/es/ Archivo Histórico Diocesano de San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa)]
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Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online. The following archives have placed either indexes or images online.  
[http://www.ahdv-geah.org/index.html  Archivo Histórico Diocesano de Álava (Vitoria)]
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[http://www.aheb-beha.org/  Archivo Histórico Eclesiástico de Vizcaya (Bilbao)]
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[http://www.ahat.cat/?action=home  Archivo Histórico Archidiocesano de Tarragona] Requires a free subscription
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*[http://mendezmende.org/es/ Archivo Histórico Diocesano de San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa)] [http://www.ahdv-geah.org/index.html ]
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*[http://www.ahdv-geah.org/index.html Archivo Histórico Diocesano de Álava (Vitoria)] [http://www.aheb-beha.org/ ]
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*[http://www.aheb-beha.org/ Archivo Histórico Eclesiástico de Vizcaya (Bilbao)] [http://www.ahat.cat/?action=home ]
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*[http://www.ahat.cat/?action=home Archivo Histórico Archidiocesano de Tarragona] Requires a free subscription
  
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library (FHL)] and [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers (FHCs)]]''' - The FHL is the largest genealogical library in the world. The FHL has microfilmed parish records for about 1/3 of Spain's dioceses. To determine if the FHL has microfilmed records for the parish (or dioceses) your ancestors lived, perform a Place Search in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]. You will also want to check to see if any records have been extracted/indexed and placed in the IGI. You can learn more about by reading: [[Finding the Source of IGI Batch Numbers]]  
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=== '''[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog ]'''[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library (FHL)] and [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers (FHCs)]] ===
  
Indexed records available on FamilySearch
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The FHL is the largest genealogical library in the world. The FHL has microfilmed parish records for about 1/3 of Spain's dioceses. To determine if the FHL has microfilmed records for the parish (or dioceses) your ancestors lived, perform a Place Search in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]. You will also want to check to see if any records have been extracted/indexed and placed in the IGI. You can learn more about by reading: [[Finding the Source of IGI Batch Numbers]]
  
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930
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'''Indexed records available on FamilySearch'''
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318846%3Fcc%3D1784529 Barcelona]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318847%3Fcc%3D1784529 Ciudad Real]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318848%3Fcc%3D1784529 Gerona]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318849%3Fcc%3D1784529 Murcia]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318850%3Fcc%3D1784529 Salamanca]
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Otros registros católicos
 
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1431011 Diócesis de Albacete, 1504-1979]
 
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1449880 Diócesis de Ávila, 1502-1975]
 
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2078544 Diócesis de Santander, 1538-1984]
 
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1433451 Diócesis de Segovia, 1533-1987]
 
  
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'''Digital images available on FamilySearch'''
  
Digital images available on FamilySearch
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Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930
  
Spain Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318846%3Fcc%3D1784529 Barcelona]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318847%3Fcc%3D1784529 Ciudad Real]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318848%3Fcc%3D1784529 Gerona]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318849%3Fcc%3D1784529 Murcia]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318850%3Fcc%3D1784529 Salamanca]
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*Spain, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1431011 Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979]
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318846%3Fcc%3D1784529 Barcelona]
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Spain, Diocese of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1449880 Ávila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975]  
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318847%3Fcc%3D1784529 Ciudad Real]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318848%3Fcc%3D1784529 Gerona]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318849%3Fcc%3D1784529 Murcia]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12318850%3Fcc%3D1784529 Salamanca]
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Other Catholic Church Records listed by Diocese
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Spain, Diocese of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2078544 Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984]
  
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1431011 Diócesis de Albacete, 1504-1979]
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Spain, Diocese of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1433451 Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987]  
• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1449880 Diócesis de Ávila, 1502-1975]
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• [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2078544 Diócesis de Santander, 1538-1984]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1433451 Diócesis de Segovia, 1533-1987]
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*'''Archive Research''' - This can be done either through letter correspondence, email (sometimes), or researching in person. Please see the&nbsp;[[Spain Catholic Church Directories]]<span> article for more contact information for dioceses and parishes. You can find diocesan websites&nbsp; at:&nbsp;[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/diocesis.htm http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/diocesis.htm] please visit the site to determine if you can make an email request.&nbsp; Another site with good information on the archives of Spain (both ecclesiastical and government) is the Censo-Guía de Archivos de España e Iberoamérica ([http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp]).&nbsp; While it is only available in Spanish, it can provide detailed information on the collections and documents within an archive and allows you to narrow your search down to specific archives.
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=== '''Archive Research''' ===
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This can be done either through letter correspondence, email (sometimes), or researching in person. Please see the&nbsp;[[Spain Catholic Church Directories]]<span> article for more contact information for dioceses and parishes. You can find diocesan websites&nbsp; at:&nbsp;[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/diocesis.htm http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/diocesis.htm] please visit the site to determine if you can make an email request.&nbsp; Another site with good information on the archives of Spain (both ecclesiastical and government) is the Censo-Guía de Archivos de España e Iberoamérica ([http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp]).&nbsp; While it is only available in Spanish, it can provide detailed information on the collections and documents within an archive and allows you to narrow your search down to specific archives.
 
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Contents

Introduction

Catholicism's roots extend deep into Spain's history. Parish and diocesan records created by the Catholic Church in Spain have long been considered some of the richest genealogical records in the world. Ever since the Council of Trent Catholic parish records have been consistently recorded, usually providing three generations in a single baptismal entry.


The Catholic Church has created several different records. The most used in genealogical research include: baptisms (bautizos, bautismos), marriages (matrimonios), and burials (entierros, defunciones, fallecimientos). Other records include: confirmations (confimaciones), pre-marriage investigations (expedientes matrimoniales, información matrimonial).

Parish Records

Parish records are the most common Church record used in family history and genealogical research. Spanish Catholic parish records were recorded by local parish priests, however, most of the records (older than 100 years) have been centralized into the diocesan archive to which the parish belongs. Parish records include the following:

  • Baptisms
  • Confirmations (sometimes recorded in the parish baptism book, but sometimes they are recorded in their own book(s)
  • Marriages (marriage blessings sometimes separate)
  • Deaths or Burials

Diocesan Records

Spain is divided into 70 dioceses. Each dioceses is divided into many parishes. Dioceses created several different types of records. These records can be searched in diocesan archives throughout Spain. Some diocesan records have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library (FHL). Perform a Place Search in the Family History Library Catalog for the dioceses where your ancestor lived. Diocesan records include:

  • Administrative and Financial
  • Disciplinary and Judicial
  • Marriage Dispensations and Pre-marriage Investigations
  • Pastoral Visits and Confirmations

Locating Diocesan and Parish Records

There are three different ways to obtain Spanish Catholic Church records.

Online

Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online. The following archives have placed either indexes or images online.


[4]Family History Library (FHL) and Family History Centers (FHCs)

The FHL is the largest genealogical library in the world. The FHL has microfilmed parish records for about 1/3 of Spain's dioceses. To determine if the FHL has microfilmed records for the parish (or dioceses) your ancestors lived, perform a Place Search in the Family History Library Catalog. You will also want to check to see if any records have been extracted/indexed and placed in the IGI. You can learn more about by reading: Finding the Source of IGI Batch Numbers

Indexed records available on FamilySearch


Digital images available on FamilySearch

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930

Spain, Diocese of Ávila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975

Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984

Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987

Archive Research

This can be done either through letter correspondence, email (sometimes), or researching in person. Please see the Spain Catholic Church Directories article for more contact information for dioceses and parishes. You can find diocesan websites  at: http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/diocesis.htm please visit the site to determine if you can make an email request.  Another site with good information on the archives of Spain (both ecclesiastical and government) is the Censo-Guía de Archivos de España e Iberoamérica (http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp).  While it is only available in Spanish, it can provide detailed information on the collections and documents within an archive and allows you to narrow your search down to specific archives.




Wiki articles describing online collections are found at: