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Badajoz, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal Record
Collection years: 1519-1641
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de Badajoz, Registros Municipales
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Archivo Histórico Provincial de Badajoz


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes census records for the cities of Fregenal de la Sierra and Higuera la Real in the province of Badajoz. These records pertain to the 1519, 1528, and 1641 census years.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records please see the following:

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]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

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View the Images[edit | edit source]

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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]

  • 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 partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records Spain Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces
  • 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

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

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

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant
  • Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Badajoz
  • Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records with the help of Spain Emigration and Immigration
  • 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

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