Spain Spain Provinces
The country of Spain is divided into 50 provinces. Each province belongs to one of 17 autonomous communities. To access the province pages, click on the name of the province in the chart below.
To find out to which autonomous community a province belongs please see the following article and scroll down to the section: Tabla de provincias. The last column of the table includes a list of all the municipalities within the province. The municipalities are important because they are where your ancestors would have gone to record birth, marriage, and death information in the Civil Registers. Civil registration began nationwide in Spain in 1869 however, many municipalities, or ayuntamientos, began record keeping before the national mandate to do so.
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