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''[[Spain|Spain]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Spain Catholic Church Records|Catholic Church Records]]''
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''[[Spain|Spain]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Spain_Catholic_Church_Records|Catholic Church Records]]''  
  
 
=== Introduction  ===
 
=== 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_trent Council of Trent] Catholic parish records have been consistently recorded, usually providing three generations in a single baptismal entry.  
 
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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_trent Council of Trent] Catholic parish records have been consistently recorded, usually providing three generations in a single baptismal entry.  
 
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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:&nbsp;confirmations (confimaciones), pre-marriage investigations (expedientes matrimoniales, información matrimonial).  
 
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:&nbsp;confirmations (confimaciones), pre-marriage investigations (expedientes matrimoniales, información matrimonial).  
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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:  
 
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:  
  
*[[Spain Catholic Church Baptism Records|Baptisms]]
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*Baptisms  
 
*Confirmations (sometimes recorded in the parish baptism book, but sometimes they are recorded in their own book(s)  
 
*Confirmations (sometimes recorded in the parish baptism book, but sometimes they are recorded in their own book(s)  
 
*Marriages (marriage blessings sometimes separate)  
 
*Marriages (marriage blessings sometimes separate)  
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=== Diocesan Records  ===
 
=== Diocesan Records  ===
  
Spain is divided into[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/default.htm 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 [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog ]for the dioceses where your ancestor lived. Diocesan records include:  
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Spain is divided into [http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/diocesis/default.htm 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 [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog ]for the dioceses where your ancestor lived. Diocesan records include:  
  
 
*Administrative and Financial  
 
*Administrative and Financial  
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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 online resources section at the beginning of this article links to two different resources online.
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=== '''Online''' ===
*'''[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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*'''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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Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online but the numbers are growing. The following archives have placed either indexes or images online.
  
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*[http://mendezmende.org/es/ Archivo Histórico Diocesano de San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa)]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.ahdv-geah.org/index.html Archivo Histórico Diocesano de Álava (Vitoria)]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.aheb-beha.org/ Archivo Histórico Eclesiástico de Vizcaya (Bilbao)]&nbsp;
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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)]]  ===
  
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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]]
  
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'''Indexed records available on FamilySearch'''
  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1500692 Spain, Baptisms 1502-1940]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1500694 Spain, Deaths 1600-1920]&nbsp;
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1500693amilysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1500693 Spain, Marriages, 1565-1950]&nbsp;
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1865748 Spain, Granada Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files, Index, 1556-1899&nbsp;]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1583608 Spain, Lugo Diocese, Catholic Parish Records,1550-1930]
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
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<br> '''Digital images available on FamilySearch'''
  
Online collections containing these records are located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org]
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Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930
  
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:  
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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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1431011 Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1449880 Spain, Diocese of Ávila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2078544 Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1433451 Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987]
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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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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
  
 
*[[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Spain, Albacete Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Albacete Catholic Church Records, (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Spain, Albacete Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Albacete Catholic Church Records, (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Spain_Avila_Catholic_Church_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Spain Avila Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Spain Avila Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain Avila Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
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[[Category:Spain]] [[Category:Roman_Catholics]]
 
[[Category:Spain]] [[Category:Roman_Catholics]]

Revision as of 17:22, 15 January 2013

Spain Gotoarrow.png Catholic Church Records

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 but the numbers are growing. The following archives have placed either indexes or images online.

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

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: