Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers (FamilySeach Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

España, registros de viudas y húerfanos de oficiales españoles

Record Description

This collection will include digital images of pension classification records for the widows and orphans of Spanish officials from 1835 to 1960. Included in many of these files are wills and birth, marriage, and death certificates. Original records are housed at the Archivo General de la Administración in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

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

For an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Pension records may include the following information:

  • Name of deceased official/pensioner
  • Name of petitioner
  • Name of widows
  • Names of children/orphans

For additional information about the other records you may find among the pensions (birth, marriage, death certificates, or wills) and help using them, see the wiki article Spain Civil Registration - Vital Records.

How to Use the Record

Name are listed in alphabetical order in the "Browse through images" section that is listed on the initial collection page. Select the name or date of your ancestor if they appear on the list of names, and you should see images of those records.

Search the Collection

To search by image: To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Name on File and File Information" 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, 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:

Related Websites

Military Records in Hispanic Research

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Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

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, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1833-1960

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General de la Administración, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.