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Beginning Research
Record Types
Country Background
Local Research Resources

Introduction[edit | edit source]

For a basic introduction to research in Spain and elsewhere in Spanish speaking countries see the following books:

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

History and genealogy of the Arriola family encompassing 17 generations beginning in the 1400s in Basque Country.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Digital Books[edit | edit source]

Many published genealogies, particularly those printed before 1923, which are now out of copyright, are being digitized and made available online. Major sites include:

Community Networking Sites[edit | edit source]

Message Boards and Lists. Genealogists share information and ask questions in online message boards and lists. Some popular United States examples are:

You should also use message boards focused on specific surnames and localities (such as counties) to find your ancestors.

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DNA. DNA studies are one of the most exciting new ways to learn about your roots. There are many DNA companies that can assist. Y-Chromosome tests are very helpful, because they can help many people who share surnames find out if they're related. Company websites inform you if someone is already studying your particular surname. A few that include surname projects are:

Family Tree Databases[edit | edit source]

There are over 1 million Spanish compiled family trees on This is a subscription website but access is free to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also is available in Spanish.

See also:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Major Collections and Databases[edit | edit source]

Several large databases contain previous research or can lead you to others who are interested in sharing family information. These sources include:

International Genealogical Index. The index provides names and vital information for over 3.4 million deceased persons who lived in France. This valuable research tool lists birth, christening, or marriage dates. The index for France includes names extracted from parish registers by volunteers and names submitted by other researchers.

Ancestral File. This file, part of FamilySearch, contains family history information linked in family groups and pedigrees that has been contributed since 1979. As of 1993, the file contains the names of 15 million people, including thousands of French families. On Ancestral File you can print pedigree charts, family group records, and individual summary sheets for any person in the file.

Family Group Records Collection. More than eight million family group record forms have been microfilmed in the Family Group Records Collection. This collection includes many French families. There are two major sections: the Archive Section and the Patron Section. The film numbers for both sections are listed in the Author/Title section of the FamilySearch Catalog under family group records collection.

Record Types[edit | edit source]