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Record Description
Record Type: Military
Collection years: 1715-1865
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Language: España, Archivo del Museo Naval, registros militares
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What is in This Collection?

These are military records for nobility enlisted in the Navy of Spain. Nobility status was required in order to be admitted into the navy. The records consist of application files proving nobility status and purity of blood. These records are housed at the Archivo del Museo Naval in Madrid, Spain.

Collection Content

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Nobility Records

Proofs of nobility may include the following:

  • Name of principal noble
  • His ancestry as far back as required by law to prove such nobility
  • Immediate family members living and deceased
  • His residence
  • His titles and recognitions
  • Titles and recognitions of noble blood ancestors.

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  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. If the officiator of a marriage or death was a minister, you may be able to determine to which religion or congregation your ancestor belonged. Look for church records of the birth, marriage, or death which may provide more information on the family.

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Collection Citation:

“Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016 Ministerio de Defensa (The Ministry of Defense).

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