Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
|Access the Records|
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979
|This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.|
|Flag of the Kingdom of Spain|
|Location of Albacete, Spain|
|Record Type:||Catholic Church Records|
|Title in the Language:||España, Diócesis Católica de Albacete, Registros Parroquiales|
|Archivo Histórico Diocesano de Albacete|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- Latin Genealogical Word List
- Reading Spanish handwritten records
- Script tutorial for Spanish
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:
How Do I Search This Collection?
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select City or Town
- Select Parish
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see 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 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
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Maybe your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search immigration/emigration records
- Civil registration records (birth, marriage, and death records) are also a good substitute for when a church record cannot be found
- Consult the Spain Record Finder Table to find other records
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- 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).
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
| We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records. |
Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.