Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Sevilla, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1293-1966
Languages: Spanish Andalucia
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de Sevilla, Registros Municipales
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Archivos Municipales de Sevilla


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes various governmental records from the province of Sevilla for the years 1293-1966. For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the Spain Municipal Records page.

This collection is being published as images become available.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966.

Collection Content

This collection contains civil registration, census, and military records.


What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The following lists indicate potential information provided in each type of record. Every record may not provide all of the listed information as record-keeping practices varied greatly over the centuries.

Birth Records generally include:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Place and date of birth
  • Parish where baptized
  • Parents’ names
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)
  • Paternal grandparents' names and places of birth
  • Maternal grandparents' names and places of birth

Marriage Records may include:

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Groom's occupation
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Marital status of bride and groom before marriage
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birthplaces
  • Father's occupation

Death Records usually include:

  • Deceased's name, and age
  • Date and place of death
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Occupation
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Residence
  • Parents' names
  • Father's occupation
  • Burial place
  • Cause of death
  • Whether deceased left a will

Census records usually contain:

  • Name of head of the household
  • Names of every person living in the house
  • Relationship to the head of the household of every person in the household
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Nationality or place of origin
  • Parents
  • Parish of baptism
  • Municipality
  • Event year

Military draft and enlistment records may contain:

  • Name of draftees
  • Age of draftees
  • Closest living relative
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Occupation
  • For 16-25 year old enlisted men, the place they were born/baptized
  • For 21-25 year old enlisted men, the date, time, and place they were drafted

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the Browse through images link on the initial collection page
⇒Select the Province
⇒Select the City or Municipality
⇒Select the Parish
⇒Select the Record Type and Years to go to the images.

Compare the information found on the images with what is already known determine if a particular record relates to the correct person. This process may require examining multiple records before the correct person is located.

For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible.
  • 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 the family in church records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can't Find the Person I Am Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be listed under their maiden name in a death record.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches.
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. It is also possible that a boundary change occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Note that marriages usually took place where the bride resided.
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible.

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Citing this Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer back to information that has already been discovered; proper citations are therefore indispensable to keeping track of genealogical research. Following established formulae in formatting citations also allows others to verify completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

To be of use, citations must include information such as the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records, if available. The following examples demonstrate how to present this information for both this particular collection as well as individual records and images within the collection:

Collection Citation:

"Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records 1293-1966." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Municipal Archives, Sevilla, Spain.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966.


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