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Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
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Location of Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal
Collection years: 1475-1896
Languages: Spanish Castilian
Title in the Language: España, Provincia de Albacete, registros municipales
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Archivo Histórico Provcincial de Albacete


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

This collection includes civil registration records, censuses, military records, and other miscellaneous records microfilmed and digitized at municipal archives in the province of Albacete, Spain from the years 1475-1896

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




For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Spain, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.


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:


You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Spain, Province of Albacete, Municipal Records, 1475-1896.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The information in each record may vary by year.



Baptismal records usually contain the following information:


  • Date and place of baptism, including name of parish and priest
  • Name and gender of person being baptized
  • Date, time, and place of birth or age at time of baptism
  • Legitimacy to parents (whether biological or adopted)
  • Names of parents including maiden name of mother
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of witnesses



Marriage records usually contain the following information:


  • Date and place of marriage, including name of parish and priest
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Legitimacy to parents
  • Marital status and occupation of groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's birthplace
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses



Burial records usually contain the following information:


  • Date and place of burial, including name of parish
  • Name, gender, and age of deceased (keep in mind that the records of women may be filed under their married name)
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names if a minor
  • Witnesses' names
  • Date and place of burial
  • Sometimes, if deceased left a testament, the record will list the children’s names, marital status of deceased (single, divorced, widowed), the name and birthplace of the spouse, and sometimes the parents’ names and where they are from.

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

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors, altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors (if the information was scanned) 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 quick and 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.


Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select City or Municipal
  3. Select Parish" category
  4. Select 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.


When searching:
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.


What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 to find each of the couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil records Spain Civil Registration - Vital 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.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, Now What?[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
  • 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
  • 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

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

  • Maybe your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search immigration/emigration records. Spain Emigration and Immigration
  • Civil registration records (birth, marriage, and death records) are also a good substitute for when a church record cannot be found. Spain Civil Registration - Vital 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

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]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information.  

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

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