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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1784529 |title=Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930|CID2=CID1865748 |title2=Spain, Granada, Pre-Marriage Investigation Index, 1556-1899|location=Spain}}<br>[[Image:Toledo Skyline Panorama, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg|frame|left|800x179px]]<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> '''Title in the Language of the Records'''<br>'''Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España.<br>'''  
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'''[[Spain Genealogy|Spain]]'''
  
== Record Description  ==
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| title=Spain, Catholic Church Records,1307-1985
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| record_type = Catholic Church Records
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| title_language = Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Spain Record Finder]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Spain Online Genealogy Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Spain Archives and Libraries]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Spain Catholic Church Records]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Spain Catholic Church Directories]]
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This collection of Catholic Church parish records of Spain covers 1500 through 1999. The collection includes records from the dioceses of Avila, Ciudad Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, Gerona, Lugo, Murcia, and Segovia. The Spain, Catholic Church Records collection spans from 1500 to 1930, while the Spain, Granada, Pre-Marriage Investigation Index covers 1556-1899.
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
Most of the records were handwritten in narrative style. In later years, the records may be handwritten in formatted registers. Entries were created in chronological order with the exception of a few entries. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical wording written in Latin, but the main language of the records is Spanish.  
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This collection of Catholic parish records covers 1307 through 1985. The collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the dioceses of Avila, Ciudad Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, Gerona, Lugo, Murcia, and Segovia.
  
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of the parish records in Spain have been preserved relatively well, but some older entries may have some damage.  
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The Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death and burial, and other ordinances pertaining to members within the church jurisdiction. Thus, they are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Spain.  
  
Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the records of baptisms, marriages, and burials were recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers but can also be found with deaths and marriages.  
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Most of the records were handwritten in narrative style. In later years, the records may be handwritten in formatted registers. Entries were created in chronological order with the exception of a few entries. Early registers may have '''some ecclesiastical wording written in Latin, but the main language of the records is Spanish'''.
  
The Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death and burial, and other ordinances pertaining to members within the church jurisdiction.  
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Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of the parish records in Spain have been preserved relatively well, but '''some older entries may have some damage'''.  
  
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Spain.  
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Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the records of baptisms, marriages, and burials were recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers but can also be found with deaths and marriages.
  
For a list of records by localities currently published in the Spain, Catholic Church records, 1500-1930 collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1784529/waypoints Browse].
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=== Reading These Records  ===
  
=== Citation for This Collection: ===
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For help reading these Spanish and Latin records, see the following guides:
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[[Latin Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
  
{{Collection citation
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===To Browse This Collection===
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== Record Content  ==
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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'''Key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:'''  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
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The following information may be found in these records:
[[Image:Spain Catholic Parish Baptism Record.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Catholic Parish Baptism Record.jpg]]
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'''Baptismal records'''
  
 
*Date and place of baptism, including name of parish  
 
*Date and place of baptism, including name of parish  
*Child's name and gender
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*Name and gender  
*Child's date, time and place of birth
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*Date, time, and place of birth  
*Legitimacy
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*Legitimacy  
*Parents’ names
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*Parents’ names  
*Names of paternal grandparents and their residence
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*Names of paternal grandparents and their residence  
*Names of maternal grandparents and their residence
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*Names of maternal grandparents and their residence  
 
*Names of godparents  
 
*Names of godparents  
*Names of the witnesses
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*Names of witnesses
 
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'''Key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:'''  
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'''Marriage records'''
 
 
[[Image:Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg]]
 
  
*Date and place of marriage
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*Date and place of marriage  
*Groom's name and age
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*Groom's name and age  
*Groom's civil status and residence
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*Groom's civil status, and residence  
*Groom's birthplace
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*Groom's birthplace  
*Names of groom's parents and their birthplace
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*Names of groom's parents and their birthplaces
*Bride's name and age
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*Bride's name and age  
*Bride's civil status and residence
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*Bride's civil status and residence  
*Bride's birthplace
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*Bride's birthplace  
*Names of bride's parents and their birthplace
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*Names of bride's parents and their birthplaces
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
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'''Burial records'''
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in most burial records include:'''
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*Date, time, and place of death (keep in mind that records
 
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:for women may be filed under their married name)
[[Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg|thumb|right|Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg]]
 
 
 
*Date, time and place of death
 
 
*Name and age of deceased  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
*Residence and civil status of deceased
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*Residence and civil status of deceased  
*Place of birth
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*Place of birth  
*Spouse's name, if married and their place of birth
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*Spouse's name, marital status, and his/her place of birth  
*Witnesses' names
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*Names of witnesses
*Burial information
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*Burial date and place
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== Collection Content  ==
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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===Sample Images===
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<gallery>
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Image:Spain Catholic Parish Baptism Record.jpg|1863 Baptism Record   
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Image:Spain Gerona Church Records Marriage.jpg|1897 Marriage Record
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Image:Spain Avila Catholic Parish Records Death.jpg|1897 Burial Record 
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</gallery>
  
'''To search the collection with the browse you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the Nombre de Provincia <br>⇒ Select the Nombre de Ciudad o Pueblo <br>⇒ Select the Nombre de Parroquia <br>⇒ Select the Tipo de Registro y Años which takes you to the images.
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Your ancestor's given name and surname
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*Identifying information such as residence
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*Estimated marriage or birth year
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*Family relationships
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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| CID=CID1784529
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'''To search the collection with the index:''' Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
 
  
The Catholic parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Spain. These may also be the only records available for vital information research before civil registration was implemented in 1871.  
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1784529|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select '''Province'''
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# Select '''City or Town'''
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# Select '''Parish'''
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# Select '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1784529 Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What? ===
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*Add any new information to your records
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*Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
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*Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
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*Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
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*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
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*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
  
*[http://www.archives.com/genealogy/family-heritage-spanish.html Spanish Genealogy]
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?  ===
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*Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
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*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
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*Or your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or [[Spain Emigration and Immigration]]
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*New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated.  Periodically check back to 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 [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list Historical Records Collections]. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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=== Record Finder ===
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*Consult the [[Spain Record Finder]] Table to find other records.
  
*[[Spain|Spain]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Spain Catholic Church Records]]
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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.
*[[Spain Catholic Church Directories]]
 
*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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;Collection Citation:
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"España, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1307-1985." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Paróquias Católicas, Spain (Catholic Church parishes, Spain).
  
{{Contributor_invite}}  
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{{Image_Citation}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== How You Can Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Type: Catholic Church Records
Collection years: 1307-1985
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en España
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of Catholic parish records covers 1307 through 1985. The collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the dioceses of Avila, Ciudad Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, Gerona, Lugo, Murcia, and Segovia.

The Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death and burial, and other ordinances pertaining to members within the church jurisdiction. Thus, they are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Spain.

Most of the records were handwritten in narrative style. In later years, the records may be handwritten in formatted registers. Entries were created in chronological order with the exception of a few entries. Early registers may have some ecclesiastical wording written in Latin, but the main language of the records is Spanish.

Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive, and a duplicate copy was and is centralized in the corresponding diocesan archive. Most of the parish records in Spain have been preserved relatively well, but some older entries may have some damage.

Usually separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and deaths. However, in localities with a small population, the records of baptisms, marriages, and burials were recorded in the same register. Confirmations were usually recorded with the baptismal registers but can also be found with deaths and marriages.

Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish and Latin records, see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Catholic Church Records,1307-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal records

  • Date and place of baptism, including name of parish
  • Name and gender
  • Date, time, and place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Names of paternal grandparents and their residence
  • Names of maternal grandparents and their residence
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's civil status, and residence
  • Groom's birthplace
  • Names of groom's parents and their birthplaces
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's civil status and residence
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents and their birthplaces
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records

  • Date, time, and place of death (keep in mind that records
for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence and civil status of deceased
  • Place of birth
  • Spouse's name, marital status, and his/her place of birth
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial date and place

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

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
  • Family relationships

Search the Index

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


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select 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?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • 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
  • 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

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

  • Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • 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
  • Or your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Spain Emigration and Immigration
  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to 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. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records

Record Finder

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

"España, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1307-1985." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Paróquias Católicas, Spain (Catholic Church parishes, Spain).

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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