Spain, Diocese of Urgel, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Lérida, Cataluña, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Church Records
Collection years: 1500-1964
Languages: Spanish Catalan
Title in the Language: España, Diocesis de Urgel, Registros Parroquiales y Diocesanos
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Diocese of Urgell, Lleida

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes baptism, marriage, burial, and other records from 1500-1964. These Catholic Church records were created by parishes and the administration of the Diocese of Urgel, Spain. Some of these records belong to parishes in Andorra.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish or Latin. For help reading these records see the following:

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

The information in each record may vary by year.

Baptism records may include the following information:

  • Date of baptism
  • Town/city & parish of baptism
  • Name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's name and birthplace
  • Names of paternal grandparents and their birthplace
  • Names of maternal grandparents and their birthplace
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Date of marriage
  • City/Town and parish where marriage took place
  • Groom's name, residence, and birthplace
  • Groom’s marital status
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name, residence, and birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records usually include:

  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that the records of women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of burial
  • Place of birth and residence
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Date of death
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, parents’ names, the event date and/or place, and family relationships.

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors, altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors (if the information was scanned) could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct.

Using the index is a quick and helpful way to find the actual record.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province (Provincia)
  2. Select City or Town (Ciudad o pueblo)
  3. Select Parroquia (Parish)
  4. Select Tipo de registro y años (Record Type 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 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. This link describes the history and content of 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 Who I was Looking for, Now What?

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

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.

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.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

If you can't find your ancestor in this collection, perhaps your ancestor moved, so the records of your ancestor are in a nearby province. Search the records of nearby provinces.

Maybe your ancestor immigrated to another country; search Spain Emigration and Immigration.

Civil registration records (birth, marriage, and death records) are also a good source of family history information. When a church record cannot be found, search Spain Civil Registration - Vital Records.

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Spain.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Spain, Lérida, Urgel items or FHL Keyword Spain, Lérida, Urgel items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Spain Archives and Libraries.

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:

“Spain, Diocese of Urgel, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1964.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivos Diocesanos [Diocesan Archives de Urgel], La Seu d’Urgell (Lleida), Spain.

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.

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