Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records, 1587-1900 .
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|Location of Almería, Spain|
|Record Type:||Municipal Record|
|Title in the Languages:||España, Provincia de Almería, Registros Municipales|
|Archivo Histórico Provincial de Almería|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How You Can Contribute
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes civil registration, census, and catastro de ensenada (estate information) records in the province of Almería for the years 1587-1900.
These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
This collection is being published as images become available.
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
The information in each record varies by year.
Birth records generally include the following information:
- Name of child
- Date, time, and place of birth (including house, street, town, and province)
- Names of parents
- Names of paternal grandparents
- Names of maternal grandparents
Marriage records may include the following:
- Date and place of marriage, including the name of parish
- Groom's name and age
- Groom's marital status, occupation, and origin
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's name and age
- Bride's marital status, occupation, and origin
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses
Death records usually include:
- Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
- Occupation and origin of deceased
- Name of spouse if married
- Names of parents
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Burial information
Censuses usually contain the following information:
- Address where census was taken
- Name of head of household
- Name, age, and gender of each member of household
- Civil status and occupation
- Nationality or place of origin
- How long at this residence
- Literate or not
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.
Search the Collection
Search by Name by visiting the 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search 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.
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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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 census records to find out the names and information for other family members (siblings of your ancestor, cousins, grandchildren, etc.).
- 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.
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.
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 that changed where records were kept. If you are unable to find your ancestor(s) in these civil registers, then try searching in the areas surrounding Almería.
Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
- Spain Baptisms
- Spain Catholic Church Records
- Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records with the help of Spain Emigration and Immigration.
|FHL Place Spain, Almería items or FHL Keyword Spain, Almería items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Spain Archives and Libraries.|
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.
- "Spain, Province of Almeria, Municipal Records, 1587 - 1900." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Municipal Archives, Almería, 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 Almería, Municipal Records, 1587-1900.|
|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 Almería, Municipal Records, 1587-1900.|
How You Can Contribute
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