Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Málaga, Spain
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Location of Málaga, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1760-1956
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Languages: España, Provincia de Málaga, Registros Municipales
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Archivo Municipal de Málaga


What is in the Collection?

The records in this collection come from the province of Malaga which is in the southern mediterranean coast of Spain. This province is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the and by the provinces of Cadiz, Granada, Seville.

These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for translation helps.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).


City/Town Record Date Range
Antequera Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1841-1870
Archidona Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1837-1950
Archidona Military Records - Draft Registrations 1841-1950
Archidona Municipal Records - Census 1841-1950
Cordoba Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1841-1870
Malaga Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1841-1870
Malaga Municipal Records - Census 1842-1925
Malaga Town Records - Notarial Records 1778-1856
Ronda Cemetery Records 1840-1900
Ronda Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1837-1900
Ronda Military Records - Draft Registrations 1840-1900
Ronda Municipal Records - Census 1809-1900
Teba Civil Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages 1837-1880
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956.

Collection Content

Civil registrations include birth, marriage, and death records. The information in each record may vary by year.

Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Place and date of birth
  • Parish where baptized
  • Parents’ names
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)
  • Paternal grandparents' names
  • Maternal grandparents' names

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Groom's occupation
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Marital status of bride and groom before marriage
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birthplaces
  • Father's occupation

Death records usually include:

  • Deceased's name, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Occupation
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Parents' names
  • Father's occupation
  • Burial date and place
  • Cause of death

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of head of the household
  • Names of every person living in the house
  • Relationship to the head of the household of every person in the household
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Nationality or place of origin
  • Parents
  • Parish of baptism
  • Municipality
  • Event year

Military draft and enlistment records may contain the following information:

  • Name of draftees
  • Age of draftees
  • Parents’ name
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Address

How Do I Search the Collection?

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, an estimated event year, and/or family relationships.

Search the Collection

Search by Name by visiting the by Collection Page
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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
To browse the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the “City or Municipality” category
⇒Select the “Parish” category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Use the marital status (whether a divorce or death dissolved a marriage) to identify previous marriages.
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant (the person who reported the death).

Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province.

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.

Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.

Spain Emigration and Immigration

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Municipal Archives, Málaga, Spain.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956.


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