Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1784529 |title=Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930|CID2=CID1865748 |title2=Spain, Granada, Pre-Marriage Investigation Index, 1556-1899|location=Spain}}<br>[[Image:Toledo Skyline Panorama, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg|frame|left|800x179px|Toledo Skyline Panorama, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg]]<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> '''Title in the Language of the Records'''<br>'''Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España.<br>'''  
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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1784529 |title=Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930|CID2=CID1865748 |title2=Spain, Granada, Pre-Marriage Investigation Index, 1556-1899|location=Spain}}<br>[[Image:Toledo Skyline Panorama, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg|frame|left|800x179px]]<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> '''Title in the Language of the Records'''<br>'''Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España.<br>'''  
  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:'''  
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'''Key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:'''  
  
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*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of baptism, including name of parish
*Name of the person baptized
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*Child's name and gender
*Date of birth or age at the time of baptism
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*Child's date, time and place of birth
*Gender
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*Legitimacy
*Legitimacy  
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*Parents’ names
*Parents’ names, residence, and places of birth
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*Names of paternal grandparents and their residence
*Names of paternal and maternal grandparents and sometimes their residences or places of birth
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*Names of maternal grandparents and their residence
*Name of godparents  
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*Names of godparents  
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
*Names of the witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:'''  
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'''Key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:'''  
  
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[[Image:Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg]]  
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of marriage
*Complete name of the bride and groom
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*Groom's name and age
*Civil statuses of the bride and groom (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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*Groom's civil status and residence
*Residence or places of birth of the bride and groom
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*Groom's birthplace
*Ages of the bride and groom at the time of the marriage
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*Names of groom's parents and their birthplace
*Parents’ names and their residence or places of birth
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*Bride's name and age
*Sometimes the parents’ civil status at the time of the event
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*Bride's civil status and residence
*Names of the witnesses
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*Bride's birthplace
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*Names of bride's parents and their birthplace
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*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found on most burial records include:'''  
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'''Key genealogical facts found in most burial records include:'''  
  
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*Date and place where the person died
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*Date, time and place of death
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name and age of deceased  
*Civil status of the deceased (single, married, widowed)
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*Residence and civil status of deceased
*Name of the spouse (if the deceased was married or a widow or widower)
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*Place of birth
*Residence or place of birth of the deceased
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*Spouse's name, if married and their place of birth
*Age at the time of death or date of birth
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*Witnesses' names
*Cause of death
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*Burial information
*Sometimes an indication that the person left a testament
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*Sometimes the names of the children left at the time of death
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==

Revision as of 20:19, 9 January 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España.

Contents

Record Description

This collection of Catholic Church parish records of Spain covers 1500 through 1999. The collection includes records from the dioceses of Avila, Ciudad Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, Gerona, Lugo, Murcia, and Segovia. The Spain, Catholic Church Records collection spans from 1500 to 1930, while the Spain, Granada, Pre-Marriage Investigation Index covers 1556-1899.

Most of the records were handwritten in narrative style. In later years, the records may be handwritten in formatted registers. Entries were created in chronological order with the exception of a few entries. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical wording written in Latin, but the main language of the records is 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, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of the parish records in Spain have been preserved relatively well, but some older entries may 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. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers but can also be found with deaths and marriages.

The Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death and burial, and other ordinances pertaining to members within the church jurisdiction.

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

For a list of records by localities currently published in the Spain, Catholic Church records, 1500-1930 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.

Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Spain. Spain Catholic church records. Catholic parishes in Spain.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:

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  • Date and place of baptism, including name of parish
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date, time and place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Names of paternal grandparents and their residence
  • Names of maternal grandparents and their residence
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of the witnesses

Key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:

Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's civil status and residence
  • Groom's birthplace
  • Names of groom's parents and their birthplace
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's civil status and residence
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents and their birthplace
  • Names of witnesses

Key genealogical facts found in most burial records include:

Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence and civil status of deceased
  • Place of birth
  • Spouse's name, if married and their place of birth
  • Witnesses' names
  • Burial information

How to Use the Record

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

To search the collection with the index: 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.

The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. These may also be the only records available for vital information research before civil registration was implemented in 1871.

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