Spain, Catastro de Ensenada (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Foreign Language Title

Catastro del Marqués de la Ensenada, España

Collection Time Period

This collection of the Cadastre of the Marquis of Ensenada of Spain was conducted between the years 1750 and 1754.

Record Description

These are census records of the Spanish regions of Andalucía, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, and Murcia. The cadastre registers have been well-preserved. The cadastre generally includes information about the land, the income, the ownership, the assets, the head of household, and the heirs. The text is handwritten in Spanish

Record Content

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Information found in the books of Real Estate and Personal or Heads of Household may include the following:
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• Names of property owners
• Places where properties are located
• A notation on the title page if there is an index of the people included in the cadastre
• Sons and daughters that worked on the property
• Type, measurement, value, and quality of the properties
• Number of workers
• Number of heirs

How to Use the Record

If no other vital sources are available, some genealogical information could be found in the books of Memorials (Memoriales) and Personals or Heads of Household (Personales o Cabezas de Casa). These include some vital information of some of the inhabitants for each of the land properties in the census. If Catholic Church records are available, it is suggested that you research those records first.

Record History

The cadastre was divided into sections called: Memoriales (Memorials), Respuestas Generales (General Answers), Respuestas Particulares (Personal Answers), Libro de lo Real (Book of Real Estate), Libro de lo Personal o de Cabezas de Casa (Book of Personal Information or Heads of Household), Estados o Resúmenes (Quantitative Summaries). This cadastre is in the form of a register and includes the quantity, value, and ownership of real estate used in apportioning taxes. The Cadastre of the Marquis of Ensenada includes a description of the properties and the population—both the secular and ecclesiastical—throughout the 22 provinces of the Old Crown of Castile, which occupied 70% of the territory of modern-day Spain. This cadastre is known in Spanish as the “Catastro del Marqués de la Ensenada” and was conducted between 1750 and 1754 by Zenón de Somodevilla y Bengoechea, I Marquis of Esenada. He had been called by King Philip V of Spain as the Secretary of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer (or Minister of Finance) of the Crown of Castile.

Why This Record Was Created

This cadastre was created when the country was preparing for a profound fiscal reform. The reform was aimed at improving the state of the Castilian treasury, simplifying the system of contributions, and making the system fairer. The idea was to replace income from the provinces by a single tax, which was intended to be universal and proportional to the wealth of the taxpayers. It was thus necessary to investigate the wealth of the subjects. The cadastre became the official register of the quantity, value, and ownership of real estate used in apportioning taxes.

Record Reliability

The Cadastre of the Marquis of Ensenada was taken by assigned persons; it is a reliable source for research in Spain.

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Spain GenWeb Project

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ( Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
  • Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ( April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023

Sources for This Collection

“Spain, Logroño, Catastro de Ensenada”, images, FamilySearch (, 2010; from the National Historical Archive (Archivo Histórico Nacional), Madrid, Spain. “Spain, Catastro de Ensenada”. Provincial Historical Archives (Archivos Histórico Provincial), Spain FHL microfilms. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.