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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
Registros Municipales de la Provincia de Alicante, España
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España, Provincia de Alicante, Registros Municipales
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection includes civil registration, census and military records for the cities of Alcoy and Denia in the province of Alicante. The text of the records is in Spanish. This collection is being published as images become available.  
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This collection includes civil registration, census, and military records for the cities of Alcoy and Denia in the province of Alicante from 1762-1921.
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The records are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
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This collection is being published as images become available.  
  
 
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article [[Spain, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
 
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article [[Spain, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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The information in each record varies by year.
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===Civil Registration===
  
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Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records.
Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR birth.jpg|Civil Registration - Birth
 
Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR deaths.jpg|Civil Registration - Death
 
Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR Marriage.jpg|Civil Registration - Marriage
 
Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR, census2.jpg|Census
 
Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR military enlistment.jpg|Military Enlistment
 
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'''Civil registration records of births usually contain the following information:'''
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[[Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR birth.jpg|thumb|right|Birth Record]]
  
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'''Birth records''' generally include the following information:
 
*Name of child  
 
*Name of child  
*Date, time and place of birth, including house, street, town and province  
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*Date, time, and place of birth (including house, street, town, and province)
 
*Names of parents and their occupations  
 
*Names of parents and their occupations  
 
*Names of paternal grandparents  
 
*Names of paternal grandparents  
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*Date and place of baptism
 
*Date and place of baptism
  
'''Civil registration records of marriages usually contain the following information:'''
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[[Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR Marriage.jpg|thumb|right|Marriage Record]]
  
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'''Marriage records''' may include the following:
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name and age  
 
*Groom's name and age  
*Groom's marital status, occupation, residence and origin  
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*Groom's marital status, occupation, residence, and origin  
 
*Names of groom's parents and their occupation(s)  
 
*Names of groom's parents and their occupation(s)  
 
*Bride's name and age  
 
*Bride's name and age  
*Bride's marital status, occupation, residence and origin  
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*Bride's marital status, occupation, residence, and origin  
 
*Names of bride's parents and their occupation(s)
 
*Names of bride's parents and their occupation(s)
  
'''Civil registration records of deaths usually contain the following information:'''
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[[Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR deaths.jpg|thumb|right|Death Record]]
  
*Date of registration of death  
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'''Death records''' usually include:
*Name and age of deceased  
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*Date and place of death  
*Residence of deceased
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*Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
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*Residence
 
*Burial information
 
*Burial information
  
'''Civil registration records of census records contain the following:'''
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===Census Records===
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[[Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR, census2.jpg|thumb|right|Census Record]]
  
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'''Censuses''' usually contain the following information:
 
*Street and house number where census was taken  
 
*Street and house number where census was taken  
*Name, gender and age of each member of household  
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*Name, gender, and age of each member of household  
*Marital status, occupation and nationality of each person  
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*Marital status, occupation, and nationality of each person  
*Whether person is literate or illiterate
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*Whether person is literate
*Origin and length of stay in this location
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*Origin and length of stay in resident city
  
'''Civil registration records of military records contain the following:'''
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===Military Records===
  
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[[Image:Spain, Province of Alicante, MR military enlistment.jpg|thumb|right|Military Enlistment]]
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This record set may contain draft registrations, deployments, and pensions.<br>
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'''Draft/enlistment registrations''' generally include:
 
*Name of soldier  
 
*Name of soldier  
 
*Date and place of enlistment  
 
*Date and place of enlistment  
 
*Date when service was to begin
 
*Date when service was to begin
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*Birthplace
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*Age or birth date
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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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.
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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
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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.
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===Search the Collection===
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'''To search by index:'''<br>
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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.<br>  
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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.<br>  
  
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 and 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.
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'''To search by image:'''<br>
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Province" category<br>⇒ Select the "City or Municipality" category<br>⇒ Select the "Parish" category<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.<br>
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Province" category<br>⇒ Select the "City or Municipality" category<br>⇒ Select the "Parish" category<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.<br>
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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.  
  
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. <br>
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'''When searching:'''<br>
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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 and 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 ====
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===For Help Reading These Records===
  
 
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
 
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
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===Using the Information===
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*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)]].
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*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.
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*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.
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*Use the marital status (whether a divorce or death dissolved a marriage) to identify previous marriages.
 +
*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 +
 +
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.
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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.
  
[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
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=== Unable to Find your Ancestor?  ===
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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 Alicante.
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Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
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*[[Spain Baptisms]]
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*[[Spain Catholic Church Records]]
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*[[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records:
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[[Spain Emigration and Immigration]]
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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The following is a link to a research outline for Spain:<br> [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Europe/Spain.pdf Spain Research Outline]<br> It contains information about tracing a family through local records, a letter-writing guide for genealogical requests and their Spanish translations, Spanish and Latin word lists, a list of archives and genealogical societies, and a list of books available at the Family History Library.
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*[http://www.alicante.es/archivo/home.html Archivo Municipales de Alicante] Website is in Spanish.
 
*[http://www.barbsnow.net/Spain.htm Guide to Researching Spanish Ancestors]  
 
*[http://www.barbsnow.net/Spain.htm Guide to Researching Spanish Ancestors]  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicante Alicante]
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*[http://www.genealogiahispana.com/?language=en Hispanic Genealogy Directory]
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*[http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/03/la-genealogia-gallega-sitios-del.html Galicia Genealogy Websites] Website is in English.
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*[http://hispanicgenealogy.blogspot.com/ Hispanic Genealogy] Blog is written in English.
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*[http://www.genealogiahispana.com/?language=en Blog de Genealogía Hispaña] Blog is written in Spanish.
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*[http://www.genealogia-es.com/ Genealogía Española-España GenWeb] Website is in Spanish.
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[Spain Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Spain]]  
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*[[Spain Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Spanish Letter Writing Guide]]  
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*[[Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Spain Getting Started]]
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*[[Spain, Catastro de Ensenada (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers (FamilySeach Historical Records)]]
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*[[Murcia Civil Registration - Vital Records]]
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*[[Spain Civil Registration - Vital Records]]
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*[[Alicante]]
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*[[Spain]]
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should 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.  
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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 Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
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Title in the Language of the Record

España, Provincia de Alicante, Registros Municipales

Record Description

This collection includes civil registration, census, and military records for the cities of Alcoy and Denia in the province of Alicante from 1762-1921.

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

This collection is being published as images become available.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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

The information in each record varies by year.

Civil Registration

Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records.

Birth Record

Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date, time, and place of birth (including house, street, town, and province)
  • Names of parents and their occupations
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Date and place of baptism
Marriage Record

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's marital status, occupation, residence, and origin
  • Names of groom's parents and their occupation(s)
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's marital status, occupation, residence, and origin
  • Names of bride's parents and their occupation(s)
Death Record

Death records usually include:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Residence
  • Burial information

Census Records

Census Record

Censuses usually contain the following information:

  • Street and house number where census was taken
  • Name, gender, and age of each member of household
  • Marital status, occupation, and nationality of each person
  • Whether person is literate
  • Origin and length of stay in resident city

Military Records

Military Enlistment

This record set may contain draft registrations, deployments, and pensions.
Draft/enlistment registrations generally include:

  • Name of soldier
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date when service was to begin
  • Birthplace
  • Age or birth date

How to Use the Record

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.

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.

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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.

To search by image:
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 Municipality" 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 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 and 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 wiki articles:

Using the Information

  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

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 Alicante.

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:

Spain Emigration and Immigration

Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

The following is a link to a research outline for Spain:
Spain Research Outline
It contains information about tracing a family through local records, a letter-writing guide for genealogical requests and their Spanish translations, Spanish and Latin word lists, a list of archives and genealogical societies, and a list of books available at the Family History Library.

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should 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 Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records, 1762-1921" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Municipal Archives, Alicante, Spain.