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.

Collection Time Period

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

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. Text of the records is in Spanish.

Record Content

Key genealogical information found in baptismal records:
Spain Catholic Parish Baptism Record.jpg

  • 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, their residence or place of birth
  • Names of grandparents and godparent

Key genealogical information found in marriage records:
Spain Catholic Parish Marriage Record.jpg

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Complete names of the bride and groom (including the woman’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:
Spain Catholic Parish Burial Record.jpg

  • 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.

Key genealogical information found in confirmation records:

  • Date and place of the confirmation
  • Name of the person
  • Names of the parents or godparent

How to Use the Records

The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. They may be the only records available before civil registration was implemented in 1871.

Record History

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.

Why This Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

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

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do 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 in found in the Wiki Article: 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

Spain. Diocese of Albacete, Spain. Various Catholic Church parish archives in the Province of Albacete, Spain. Catholic Church parish records, 1504-1979. Albacete Historical Diocesan Archive, Spain.

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

Detailed instructions for adding citations are also listed in the wiki article:How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.