Spain, Province of Granada, Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Spain, Province of Granada, Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files Index, 1556-1899
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Granada, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Pre-Marriage Records
Collection years: 1556-1899
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Archidiócesis de Granada

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

This is an index of Pre-Marriage Investigation which covers 1556-1899. These may also be the only records available for vital information research before civil registration was implemented in 1871.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

There are several tools that can help you to read the records. If you are having difficulty reading the handwriting you may want to try one of these resources:

Reading Spanish Handwriting online classes: Lesson 1 - The Spanish Alphabet
Lesson 2 - Words and Dates
Lesson 3 - Reading Spanish Records

The site has online tutorials, word lists, abbreviations, and many samples of handwriting.

If you don't speak Spanish, you may want to try one of the following resources:

Google Translate is a website where you can type the words in Spanish on the left side of the screen and on the right side of the screen you can see the English translation. It is a machine translation so it may not be perfect but you can get the general idea of the meaning of phrases and sentences as well as individual words.

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

These records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name
  • Bride's name
  • Marriage date

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

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Estimated marriage
  • Family relationships

Searching the Index[edit | edit source]

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

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  • 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
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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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