Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers (FamilySeach Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Military
Collection years: 1826-1960
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: España, registros de viudas y húerfanos de oficiales españoles
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Archive
General Archive of the Administration


What Is In The Collection?

This collection will include digital images of pension classification records for the widows and orphans of Spanish officials from 1826 to 1960. Included in many of these files are wills and birth, marriage, and death certificates. Original records are housed at the Archivo General de la Administración in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1826-1960.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is often found in these records:

  • Name of deceased official/pensioner
  • Name of petitioner
  • Name of widows
  • Names of children/orphans

For additional information about the other records you may find among the pensions (birth, marriage, death certificates, or wills) and help using them, see the wiki article Spain Civil Registration - Vital Records.

Collection Contents

Sample Images of pension records

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Name on File and File Information to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Before you move on – Get a copy of the citation of exactly where you found your ancestors record for further reference. The image citation is available by clicking on the information tab at the bottom left of the screen where you’ve found your ancestor.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate other church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added.
  • Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • Even though this is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records
  • 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


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, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1826-1960" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Administrative General Archives, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1826-1960.


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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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