Spain, Cadiz, Testaments (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

España, Testamentos Notariales de Cádiz

Collection Time Period

This collection of notary public wills is from the years 1550-1920.

Record Description

The records are testaments (wills) that were written in the presence of a notary public of the province of Cádiz. This collection was kept at the Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz, Spain. Documents are written in Spanish.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in these wills may include the following:

  • Names of testators
  • Place of origin and of residence
  • Legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Burial request
  • Marriage date and place of testators
  • Relatives’ names
  • Names of children/heirs and their vital information
  • Testamentary executor’s name
  • Witnesses’ names

How to Use the Record

The open wills in this collection are alphabetically organized. In order to find your ancestor, it is necessary to know the name of the deceased person that left the will. It will also help to know the approximate year of his or her death.

Record History

This is a collection of wills created before a notary public, who kept the original document until the death of the person that created the will; another copy was kept at the General Registry of Wills (Registro General de Actos de Última Voluntad). Through the life of the testator, the General Registry kept the will as a secret document, unauthorized to be viewed by anyone until the death of the testator. At the death of the person, the family would inquire at the General Registry of Wills to find out which will was the latest created by the testator and where it was created, especially if the family did not know which notary public was holding the original copy.

Why the Record Was Created

A wealthy person usually created a will in order to leave properties and goods as an inheritance to his or her children and others. In order to do this, the person would hire a notary public. The notary had the knowledge to write this kind of document, which needed to fulfill legal formalities.

Record Reliability

The vital information contained in these wills may be reliable since the testator had to provide his or her legal identification and proof of property and goods ownership, as well as the names and personal identification of the inheritors.

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Related Wiki Articles

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.

Sources of Information for This Collection

España. Notario Público de Cádiz. Testamentos, 1550-1920. Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz. Spain. Notary Public of Cadiz. Wills, 1550-1920. Provincial Historical Archive of Cadiz.