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

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Jaén, Spain
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Location of Jaén, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1519-1941
Languages: Spanish Andalusian
Title in the Languages: España, Provincia de Jaén, Registros Municipales
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Archivo Histórico Provincial de Jaén


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes civil registration, census, quintas (military) and hidalguías (nobility) records for the cities and parishes of Jimena and Linares from 1519-1941.

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

Additional images and indexed records 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, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Content

The information in each record may vary by year.

Civil Registration

Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records.

Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Legitimacy to parents
  • Parents’ names and birthplaces
  • Grandparents' names and birthplaces
  • Place/Parish of baptism

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
  • Name of previous spouse if divorced or widow(er)
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage

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
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Whether left a will
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Names and occupations of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Burial place

Census Records

Censuses usually contain the following information:

  • Names of household members
  • Street address
  • City and district
  • Age of each household member
  • Birthplace of each household member
  • Marital status of each household member
  • Occupation of each household member
  • How long each lived at the given location

Military Records

Draft registrations generally include:

  • Name of draftees
  • Parents’ name
  • Draft number
  • Date of birth
  • Date of death

Nobility Records

Proofs of nobility may include the following:

  • Name of principal noble
  • His ancestry as far back as required by law to prove such nobility
  • Immediate family members living and deceased
  • His residence
  • His titles and recognitions
  • Titles and recognitions of noble blood ancestors

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 "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.

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 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 article: *Spanish Genealogical Word List

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 Jaén.

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place Spain, Jaén items or FHL Keyword Spain, Jaén 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.  

Collection Citation:

"Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Municipal Archives of Ubeda, Jaén, 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 Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941.

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 Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Known Issues with This Collection

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