Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986 .
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|Location of Barcelona, Spain|
|Title in the Languages:||España, Provincia de Barcelona, Registros Municipales|
|Archivo Municipal de Barcelona|
- 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 records, censuses, military records, and other miscellaneous records microfilmed and digitized at municipal archives in the province of Barcelona, Spain from the years 1387 to 1986.
These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
Additional images will be published as they 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 and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
The information in each record varies by year.
Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records.
Birth records generally include the following information:
- Child's name and gender
- Place and date of birth
- Parents’ names
- Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)
Marriage records may include the following:
- Names and ages of groom and bride
- Date and place of marriage
- Birthplaces of groom and bride
- Marital status of groom and bride
- Names and ages of groom’s parents
- Names and ages of bride’s parents
- Who performed the marriage
- Names of witnesses
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
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status/spouse's name
- Names of parents
- Birthplaces of parents
- Name of informant
- Burial date and place
Censuses usually contain the following information:
- Names of household members
- Birth dates of each household member
- Relationship of each household member to the head of the household
- Nationality or place of origin
This record set may contain draft registrations, deployments, and pensions.
Draft registrations generally include:
- Name and age of draftee
- Birth date and place
- Closest relation and residence
- Date and place of registration
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 browse the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ 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 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.
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 Barcelona.
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:
|FHL Place Spain, Barcelona items or FHL Keyword Spain, Barcelona 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 Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Municipal Archives, Barcelona, 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 Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986.|
|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 Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986.|
How You Can Contribute
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