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León, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1642-1897
Languages: Spanish Galician
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de León, Registros Municipales
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Archivo Municipal de León


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This collection includes civil registration, census, military (quintas), and other miscellaneous records (such as election and estate records) for the city and parish of León in the León Province of Spain.

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Birth records

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  • Place and date of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)

Marriage records

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  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Names and ages of groom’s parents
  • Names and ages of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death records

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  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Burial date and place

Census records

  • Names of heads of household
  • The number of people living in the household
  • Ages of each person in household
  • Occupation of household head

Military draft records

  • Name and age of draftee
  • Birth date and place
  • Closest relation and residence
  • Date and place of registration

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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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