Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Diócesis Católica de Albacete, España.

Record Description

Digital copies of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parishes in the Diocese of Albacete, Spain. This collection includes an index of records of several parishes in the diocese. Additional indexed data will be added as they become available. Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the entries for these events may have been recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptisms. The earlier records may have some words or entries written in Latin. In general, the records were created in chronological order. Includes some separate indexes. The text of the records is in Spanish.

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This collection of Catholic Church records of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the province of Albacete, Spain, covers the years 1504–1979. 

Priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were sent to the diocesan archive, as it is done today. Some earlier records may have been recreated, because the originals may have been destroyed during the Spanish wars. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100 percent of a city’s population. This collection includes only the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive.

Catholic parish registers in Spain were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing Spanish genealogical research.

Citation for This Collection

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Catholic parishes in Spain. Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church records. Albacete Diocesan Historical Archive, Spain.

Original records are housed in local parishes throughout the Province of Albacete, Spain.

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Record Content

Key genealogical information found in baptismal records:
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  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Name of the person being baptized
  • Date and place of birth or age at the time of baptism
  • If illegitimate
  • Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth
  • Names of grandparents and godparent
Key genealogical information found in marriage records:
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  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Complete names of the bride and groom (including the bride's maiden name)
  • Civil status (single, divorced, widowed) at the time of the event
  • Birth dates and places for the marriage partners
  • Occupation
  • Parents’ names and residence or place of birth
  • Sometimes the parents’ civil status
  • Names of the witnesses
Key genealogical information found in death records:
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  • Date and place of the death
  • Name and age of the deceased or date and place of birth
  • Cause of death (illness, accident, senility, and so on)
  • Residence of the deceased
  • If the person left a testament, the record will list the children’s names, the civil status of the deceased (single, divorced, widowed), the name and birthplace of the spouse, and sometimes the parents’ names and where they are from.

How to Use the Records

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • 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 birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979" index and images, FamilySearch( : accessed 29 May 2012), Hernando Nunez Cortez and Catalina De Villena, dated 4 June 1606; cinting Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,79,85; The original records are housed in local parished throughout the Province of Albacete, Spain.

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