Spain, Province of Orense, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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|Orense, Galicia, Spain|
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|Location of Orense, Galicia, Spain|
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|Record Type:||Municipal Registrations|
|Title in the Language:||España, Provincia de Orense, Registros Municipales|
|Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes birth, marriage, death, census, and other miscellaneous records from 1428 to 1912 and comes from localities that are in Orense Province, Spain. The original records are kept at the Arquivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense in Spain.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The information found in each record varies by year.
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
Civil registration includes birth, marriage, and death records. The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]
Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.
If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select Municipio (City or Municipality)
- Select Parroquia (Parish)
- Select Tipo de registro y años (Record Type and Years) to view the images.
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. As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- 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
- Witnesses often were relatives of the parents
When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- 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
- 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 Orense. These provinces neighbor Orense:
- Pontevedra on the west
- Lugo in the north
- León and Zamora in the east; Portugal borders the south
- Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
- Spain Baptisms
- Spain Catholic Church Records
- Spain Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records
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]
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.