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Tarragona, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1430-1943
Languages: Spanish Catalan
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de Tarragona, Registros Municipales
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes civil registration (birth, marriage, and death), census, wills, and military (quintas) records for the cities and parishes of Benissanet, Rasquera, Torre de l'Espanyol and Tortosa in the Tarragona Province of Spain from 1430 to 1943.

These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

This collection is being published as images become available.


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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:

Birth records

  • Child's name and gender
  • Place and date of birth
  • Parish where baptized
  • Parents’ names
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' country of birth (if not more specific)
  • Paternal grandparents' names and places of birth
  • Maternal grandparents' names and places of birth

Marriage records

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Groom's occupation
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Marital status of bride and groom before marriage
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birthplaces
  • Father's occupation

Death records

  • Deceased's name, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Occupation
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Residence
  • Parents' names
  • Father's occupation
  • Burial place
  • Cause of death
  • Whether deceased left a will

Wills

  • Name of deceased
  • Executor of will
  • Last date will was modified
  • Date will was read
  • Names of descendants and/or friends receiving inheritance
  • Name of spouse, if married

Census records

  • Name of head of the household
  • Names of every person living in the house
  • Relationship to the head of the household of every person in the household
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Nationality or place of origin
  • Parents
  • Parish of baptism
  • Municipality
  • Event year

Military draft and enlistment records

  • Name of draftees
  • Age of draftees
  • Closest living relative
  • Marital status/spouse's name
  • Occupation

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

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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.

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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]

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • 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 the family in church records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • 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
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

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

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • 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
  • Some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be listed under their maiden name in a death record
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. It is also possible that a boundary change occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Note that marriages usually took place where the bride resided
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Spain.

Tips to Keep in Mind[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 (the person who reported the death).

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.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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