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

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registros Católicos de la Diócesis de Santander, España

 Record Description

This collection will include records from 1585-1984

This collection includes digital copies of records of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parishes of the Diocese of Santander in Spain. Some records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. The text of the records is in Spanish. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.

Parish 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, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of these records have been preserved relatively well, but some older entries may have some damage.

The Diocese of Santander contained the most important documents in the province. During the war of 1936, a large part of the records were destroyed. What was left of the records was transported to the Papelera de Arangueren to be preserved on paper.

For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Baptism records usually include:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender of person baptized
  • Date of birth
  • Parents’ names, their residence and origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents, their residence and origin
  • Names of maternal grandparents, their residence and origin
  • Names of godparents’ their residence and origin

Marriage records usually include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's marital status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents, their residence and origin
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's marital status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents, their residence and origin
  • Names of witnesses’ and their origin

Death records usually include:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Marital status, residence and origin of deceased
  • Name of the spouse if married
  • Names of parents if a minor
  • Cause of death
  • Burial information

How to Use the Record

To search 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 Town" 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 which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Spanish Genealogical Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box. Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Iglesia Católica. Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records. Archivo Diocesano de Santander, Oviedo.
"Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Diocesano de Santander.