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Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897
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Asturias, Spain
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Location of Asturias, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1470-1897
Languages: Spanish Galician Asturian
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de Asturias, Registros Municipales
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to and images of civil registration (birth, marriage, and death), census, nobility (hidalguías), and other miscellaneous records for the cities of Avilés and Oviedo in the province of Asturias from 1470-1897.

This collection is being published as images become available.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information is often found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records Censuses records Proofs of Nobility
Name of child Date and place of marriage Date and place of death House number and street where census was taken Name of principal noble
Date, time, and place of birth Groom’s name and age Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name) Names, ages, and marital status of members of household His ancestry as far back as required by law to prove such nobility
Birthplace includes house number, street, town/city, and province Groom’s civil status and residence, including province and origin Marital status, occupation, residence, and origin of deceased Names of neighbors, their children, and their servants Immediate family members living and deceased
Names of parents and father’s occupation Name of groom’s parents and their occupation Cause of death Number of people in househould His residence
Paternal grandparents Parents' residence including town/city and province Parents' names and their origin, including town/city and province Length of stay at this residence His titles and recognitions
Maternal grandparents Bride's name and age Sometimes, a will is noted with names of children Titles and recognitions of noble blood ancestors
Place of baptism Bride's civil status and residence, including province and origin Burial information
Names of bride's parents and their occupation
Bride's parents' residence including town/city and province

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see Spain, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select City or Municipality
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Use census records to find out the names and information for other family members (siblings of your ancestor, cousins, grandchildren, etc.)
  • 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 of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • 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 Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records
  • A boundary change could have occurred that changed where records were kept. If you are unable to find your ancestor(s) in these civil registers, then try searching in the areas surrounding Asturias
  • Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records
  • Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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