Spain Genealogy

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Guide to Spain genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Spain is a country in Southwest Europe bordered by Gibraltar, France, Andorra, and Portugal. Spanish is the official language.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Spain Research

Links to articles on getting started with Spain research.

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Spain Research Tools

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Spain[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article Spain Finding Place of Origin to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Provinces[edit | edit source]

Spain is divided into 50 provinces. Each province belongs to one of 17 autonomous communities. A list of the provinces of Spain and access to their individual pages are listed below along with a clickable map. Each link will take you to a step-by-step process for research in that province.

Autonomous Communities[edit | edit source]

Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities (comunidades autonomas, singular - comunidad autonoma) and 2 autonomous cities* (ciudades autonomas, singular - ciudad autonoma).

Places of Sovereignty (Plazas de Soberania)[edit | edit source]

The autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla plus three small islands of Islas Chafarinas, Penon de Alhucemas, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera, administered directly by the Spanish central government, are all along the coast of Morocco and are collectively referred to as Places of Sovereignty (Plazas de Soberania).

  • Ceuta
  • Melilla
  • Islas Chafarinas
  • Penon de Alhucemas
  • Penon de Velez de la Gomera,

More Spain Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Spain.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

Other Resources[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Spain," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.