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

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Orense, Spain
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Location of Orense, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal Registrations
Collection years: 1428-1912
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Languages: España, Provincia de Orense, Registros Municipales
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Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes birth, marriage, death, census, and other miscellaneous records from 1428 to 1912 and comes from localities that are in Orense Province, Spain. The original records are kept at the Arquivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense in Spain.

The records are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to 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).

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

The information found in each record varies by year.

Civil Registration

Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records.
Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Child’s full name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names and ages of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces 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, age, and gender (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/name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Date and place of burial

Census Records

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

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

View Images in the Collection by visiting the Browser Page:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Municipio (City or Municipality) category
⇒ Select the “Parroquia” (Parish) category
⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años (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, 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 guides:

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 Orense. These provinces neighbor Orense:

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.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Spain, Orense items or FHL Keyword Spain, Orense 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 Orense, Municipal Records, 1428-1912.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Archivo Histórico [Historical Archives], Ourense, Spain.

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.

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