Spain, Cadiz, Testaments (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Spain, Cadiz, Testaments, 1531-1920
This article describes a collection of records at
Cadiz, Spain
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Location of Cadiz, Spain
Record Description
Record Type: Testament Records
Collection years: 1531-1920
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Language: España, Testamentos Notariales de Cádiz
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Related Websites
Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz

What is in This Collection?

This collection of notary public wills is for the years 1531-1920 from the province of Cádiz.

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

This is a collection of wills created before a notary public, who kept the original document until the death of the person that created the will; another copy was kept at the General Registry of Wills (Registro General de Actos de Última Voluntad). Through the life of the testator, the General Registry kept the will as a secret document, unauthorized to be viewed by anyone until the death of the testator. At the death of the person, the family would inquire at the General Registry of Wills to find out which will was the latest created by the testator and where it was created, especially if the family did not know which notary public was holding the original copy.

A wealthy person usually created a will in order to leave properties and goods as an inheritance to his or her children and others. In order to do this, the person would hire a notary public. The notary had the knowledge to write this kind of document, which needed to fulfill legal formalities.

The vital information contained in these wills may be reliable since the testator had to provide his or her legal identification and proof of property and goods ownership, as well as the names and personal identification of the inheritors.

Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Cadiz, Testaments, 1531-1920.

Collection Content

Wills may contain the following information:

  • Name of testator
  • Place of birth
  • Current residence
  • Spouse's name
  • Parents’ names
  • Marriage date and place of testators
  • Names of children/heirs and their vital information
  • Executor’s name
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Burial request

How Do I Search This Collection?

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View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select City
  3. Select Notary and Years of Service
  4. Select Volume and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Use these records to learn information that would lead to finding baptismal/birth, marriage, and/or death/burial records. Wills/testamentos are good for learning the death date and place, what family/friends he/she had at the time of death, his/her wealth status at the time of death; for example, if your ancestor gave parcels of owned land to descendants/relatives, then you know to look for land records.

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the names of family members and look for their records
  • Use the place of residence as a starting point and search nearby towns for further records and ancestors

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

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

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"España, Provincia de Cádiz, testamentos, 1531-1920." Images. FamilySearch. : Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz, Cádiz (Cádiz Province Historical Archives, Cádiz).

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