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Albacete, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Church Records
Collection years: 1504-1979
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Language: España, Diócesis Católica de Albacete, Registros Parroquiales
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Archivo Histórico Diocesano de Albacete


What is in This Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church records of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the province of Albacete, Spain, covers the years 1504–1979.

This collection includes an index of records of several parishes in the diocese. Additional indexed data will be added as they become available. Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the entries for these events may have been recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptisms. The earlier records may have some words or entries written in Latin. In general, the records were created in chronological order and includes some separate indexes.

Priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were sent to the diocesan archive, as it is done today. Some earlier records may have been recreated, because the originals may have been destroyed during the Spanish wars. Catholic parish records cover 95 to 100 percent of a city’s population. This collection includes only the parish records that were centralized into the diocesan archive.

Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish or Latin. 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, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal records

  • Date and place of baptism, including name of parish and priest
  • Name and gender of person being baptized
  • Date, time, and place of birth or age at time of baptism
  • Legitimacy to parents (whether biological or adopted)
  • Names of parents including maiden name of mother
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records

  • Date and place of marriage, including name of parish and priest
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Legitimacy to parents
  • Marital status and occupation of groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records

  • Date and place of burial, including name of parish
  • Name, gender, and age of deceased (keep in mind that the records of women may be filed under their married name)
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names if a minor
  • Witnesses' names
  • Date and place of burial
  • Sometimes, if deceased left a testament, the record will list the children’s names, marital status of deceased (single, divorced, widowed), the name and birthplace of the spouse, and sometimes the parents’ names and where they are from.

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


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  2. Select Parish
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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 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 to find each of the couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records Spain Civil Registration - Vital Records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces
  • 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
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents

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
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record

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Collection Citation

"España, Diócesis de Albacete, registros parroquiales, 1504-1979." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Archivo Histórico de Archidiócesis de Albacete, Albacete (Albacete Archdiocese Historical Archives, Albacete).

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