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=== Introduction  ===
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==Definition==
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Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local ''Juzgado de la Paz'', or ''Oficinia del'' ''Registro'' ''Civil''.
  
Spanish civil registration records (births, marriages, and deaths) began in 1871. Spain does have a national index or central repository for civil registration ([http://www2.mjusticia.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html Ministerio de Justicia]). Researchers can solicit the [http://www2.mjusticia.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html Ministerio de Justicia] online for copies of certificates. Requests must have: name of deceased, date when event ocurred (birth, marriage, or death), and where the event occured. Parent's names will also be required when asking for a birth certificate. For more information on how to order these records online, please see the article [[Order Spain Vital Records Online|Order Spain Vital Records Online]].
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==Time Coverage==
 
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Spanish civil registration records (births, marriages, and deaths) began in 1871. Some ''municipios'' may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837.
If you understand Spanish, you may want to view this short [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/pedir-certificado-de-nacimiento-en-espana-mediante-internet/730 video] that explains how to order a birth certificate online from the Ministry of Justice in Spain. The process is virtually the same to order a marriage or death certificate.
 
 
 
Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local ''Juzgado de la Paz'', or ''Oficinia del'' ''Registro'' ''Civil''. The records are still housed in each municipality in their local municpal archives, ''Juzgado de la Paz'' or ''Oficina del Registro Civil ''should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
 
 
 
Larger cities may have multiple civil registration districts, and smaller towns may have their own civil registration office, or belong to an office of a nearby town. To determine the political jurisdiction for the town where your ancestors came from please see the [[Spain Gazetteers|'''Spain Gazetteers''']] article.
 
 
 
Some ''municipios'' may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. These births, marriages, and deaths are normally found in the municipal archive. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.<br>
 
 
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections which may contain pre-1870 civil registration records are found at:'''
 
 
 
*[[Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Badajoz, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Badajoz, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Ciudad Real, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Ciudad Real, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of León, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of León, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Lugo, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Lugo, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Province of Murcia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Murcia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Segovia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Segovia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
  
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==Information Content==
 
=== Births  ===
 
=== Births  ===
  
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*Full name and place of birth of the child's mother  
 
*Full name and place of birth of the child's mother  
 
*Full name and place of birth of the child's maternal and paternal grandparents
 
*Full name and place of birth of the child's maternal and paternal grandparents
 
'''''Birth Record Tip:'''''
 
  
 
Be sure to check marginal notes in the birth record of your ancestor. Often times recorders will note the marriage and/or death dates of the individual.  
 
Be sure to check marginal notes in the birth record of your ancestor. Often times recorders will note the marriage and/or death dates of the individual.  
 
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One substitute for a civil registration birth record is a baptism record. A wiki article describing an online collection of Baptisms for Spain is found at:<br>  
 
One substitute for a civil registration birth record is a baptism record. A wiki article describing an online collection of Baptisms for Spain is found at:<br>  
 
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[[Spain Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
  
 
=== Marriages  ===
 
=== Marriages  ===
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*Full names, and places of birth for the parents of the bride and groom
 
*Full names, and places of birth for the parents of the bride and groom
  
'''''Marriage Record Tip:'''''
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Couples usually married in the home town of the bride (if the family still lived there).
 
 
Couples usually married in the home town of the bride (if the family still lived there).  
 
 
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br>
 
 
 
[[Spain Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
 
=== Deaths  ===
 
=== Deaths  ===
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*Sometimes living descendants (could include name of living children, and other heirs)
 
*Sometimes living descendants (could include name of living children, and other heirs)
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections is found at:''' [[Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain Deaths]]
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=== Extract Forms  ===
  
[[Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Spain Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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The following extract forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, JD, AG. These particular forms are designed to be used for Spanish research; however, they can help in other research areas, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the type of record form you would like to use and print it for your own files.
  
=== Obtaining Civil Registration Records  ===
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[[Media:Baptism_template.pdf|Birth/Baptism Extract Form]]
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[[Media:Marriage_Template.pdf|Marriage Extract Form]]
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[[Media:Death_Template.pdf|Death/Burial Extract Form]]
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These forms are designed to help you quickly analyze and organize your documents. They can become a personal index for your family records.
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== Obtaining Civil Registration Records  ==
 +
===Ministerio de Justicia===
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Spain does have a national index or central repository for civil registration ([http://www2.mjusticia.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html Ministerio de Justicia]). Researchers can solicit the [http://www2.mjusticia.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550194/DetalleInicio.html Ministerio de Justicia] online for copies of certificates. Requests must have: name of deceased, date when event ocurred (birth, marriage, or death), and where the event occured. Parent's names will also be required when asking for a birth certificate. For more information on how to order these records online, please see the article [[Order Spain Vital Records Online|Order Spain Vital Records Online]].
 +
 
 +
If you understand Spanish, you may want to view this short {{LearningCenter2|37|video}} that explains how to order a birth certificate online from the Ministry of Justice in Spain. The process is virtually the same to order a marriage or death certificate.
  
 
Most civil registration records have not been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, however, if you are researching from outside of Spain you should perform a [[FamilySearch Catalog Place Search|Place Search]] in the FamilySearch Catalog to determine if the civil registration records for the town you are researching in have been microfilmed.  
 
Most civil registration records have not been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, however, if you are researching from outside of Spain you should perform a [[FamilySearch Catalog Place Search|Place Search]] in the FamilySearch Catalog to determine if the civil registration records for the town you are researching in have been microfilmed.  
  
If the records you need have not been microfilmed you will most likely need to write to the archive where the records are housed. The best way to find out if civil registration records are available in the town you are researching in, and to get the address of the archive is through the Directorio de Archivos in the [http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp Censo-guia].
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If the records you need have not been microfilmed you will most likely need to write to the archive where the records are housed.
 
 
It is possible to order copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates online from Spain through the website of the [http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/es/1200666550200/DetalleInicioTramites.html Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia)]. See [[Order Spain Vital Records Online|Order Spain Vital Records Online]] for complete instructions on how to receive copies of post-1870 civil registration records.  
 
  
 
=== Online Resources  ===
 
=== Online Resources  ===
  
*http://www.justizia.net/RegistroCivil/  
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*[http://censoarchivos.mcu.es/CensoGuia/portada.htm Censo Guia de Archivos de Espana e Iberoamerica] 
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**The Archive Directory (Directorio de Archivos) will allow you to search for nearly any archive in Spain. Each archive entry will give you an inventory of the records in that archive as well as the archive's contact information.<br>
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====Basque Country====
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*[http://www.justizia.net/certificado-nacimiento Birth Records]
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*[http://www.justizia.net/certificado-matrimonio Marriage Records]
 +
*[http://www.justizia.net/certificado-defuncion Death Records]
 
**This site will allow you to order a birth, marriage, or death certificate from any municipality in the Basque Country (provinces of Alava, Guipuzcoa, and Vizcaya) for free.<br>  
 
**This site will allow you to order a birth, marriage, or death certificate from any municipality in the Basque Country (provinces of Alava, Guipuzcoa, and Vizcaya) for free.<br>  
*http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp  
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===Local Civil Registration Office===
**The Archive Directory (Directorio de Archivos) will allow you to search for nearly any archive in Spain. Each archive entry will give you an inventory of the records in that archive as well as the archive's contact information.<br>
+
The records are still housed in each municipality in their local municpal archives, ''Juzgado de la Paz'' or ''Oficina del Registro Civil ''should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
 +
 
 +
Larger cities may have multiple civil registration districts, and smaller towns may have their own civil registration office, or belong to an office of a nearby town. To determine the political jurisdiction for the town where your ancestors came from please see the [[Spain Gazetteers|'''Spain Gazetteers''']] article.<br>
 +
 
 +
The best way to find out if civil registration records are available in the town you are researching in, and to get the address of the archive is through the Directorio de Archivos in the [http://aer.mcu.es/sgae/index_censo_guia.jsp Censo-guia].
 +
 
 +
===FamilySearch Records===
 +
Some ''municipios'' may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. These births, marriages, and deaths are normally found in the municipal archive. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.<br>
 +
 
 +
'''Wiki articles describing online collections which may contain pre-1870 civil registration records are found at:'''  
 +
 
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records (FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Badajoz, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Badajoz, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Ciudad Real, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Ciudad Real, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of León, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of León, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Lugo, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Lugo, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Murcia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Murcia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Segovia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Segovia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
 +
*[[Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
  
 +
==== Online Records ====
 +
*{{RecordSearch|2015355|Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
  

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Definition[edit | edit source]

Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local Juzgado de la Paz, or Oficinia del Registro Civil.

Time Coverage[edit | edit source]

Spanish civil registration records (births, marriages, and deaths) began in 1871. Some municipios may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837.

Information Content[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Spanish civil registration birth records are among the richest genealogical records in the world. Birth records typically provide the following information:

  • Place and date of child's birth (often times they provide the exact time of birth)
  • Full name, profession and place of birth of the child's father
  • Full name and place of birth of the child's mother
  • Full name and place of birth of the child's maternal and paternal grandparents

Be sure to check marginal notes in the birth record of your ancestor. Often times recorders will note the marriage and/or death dates of the individual.
One substitute for a civil registration birth record is a baptism record. A wiki article describing an online collection of Baptisms for Spain is found at:

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage records are also very valuable in Spanish genealogical research. Marriage records provide the following information:

  • Date when the marriage occurred
  • Full names, marital status (single or widowed) and places of birth for both the bride and groom
  • Full names, and places of birth for the parents of the bride and groom

Couples usually married in the home town of the bride (if the family still lived there).

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Death records should not be overlooked. Death certificates often provide additional information about the deceased and his or her family. You can expect to find the following information in Spanish death records.

If the deceased was single:

  • Full name, age, occupation (if applicable), place of birth, and death date of the deceased
  • Full name of the deceased parents, and often times their places of birth
  • Cemetery where the deceased was buried

If the deceased was married or widowed:

  • Full name, age, occupation (if applicable), place of birth, and death date of the deceased
  • Full name of spouse (whether deceased or living), and often their place of birth
  • Cemetery where the deceased was buried
  • If the deceased created a will and the name of the Notary that notarized the will.
  • Sometimes living descendants (could include name of living children, and other heirs)

Extract Forms[edit | edit source]

The following extract forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, JD, AG. These particular forms are designed to be used for Spanish research; however, they can help in other research areas, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the type of record form you would like to use and print it for your own files.

Birth/Baptism Extract Form

Marriage Extract Form

Death/Burial Extract Form

These forms are designed to help you quickly analyze and organize your documents. They can become a personal index for your family records.

Obtaining Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Ministerio de Justicia[edit | edit source]

Spain does have a national index or central repository for civil registration (Ministerio de Justicia). Researchers can solicit the Ministerio de Justicia online for copies of certificates. Requests must have: name of deceased, date when event ocurred (birth, marriage, or death), and where the event occured. Parent's names will also be required when asking for a birth certificate. For more information on how to order these records online, please see the article Order Spain Vital Records Online.

If you understand Spanish, you may want to view this short video that explains how to order a birth certificate online from the Ministry of Justice in Spain. The process is virtually the same to order a marriage or death certificate.

Most civil registration records have not been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, however, if you are researching from outside of Spain you should perform a Place Search in the FamilySearch Catalog to determine if the civil registration records for the town you are researching in have been microfilmed.

If the records you need have not been microfilmed you will most likely need to write to the archive where the records are housed.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • Censo Guia de Archivos de Espana e Iberoamerica
    • The Archive Directory (Directorio de Archivos) will allow you to search for nearly any archive in Spain. Each archive entry will give you an inventory of the records in that archive as well as the archive's contact information.

Basque Country[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Death Records
    • This site will allow you to order a birth, marriage, or death certificate from any municipality in the Basque Country (provinces of Alava, Guipuzcoa, and Vizcaya) for free.

Local Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

The records are still housed in each municipality in their local municpal archives, Juzgado de la Paz or Oficina del Registro Civil should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.

Larger cities may have multiple civil registration districts, and smaller towns may have their own civil registration office, or belong to an office of a nearby town. To determine the political jurisdiction for the town where your ancestors came from please see the Spain Gazetteers article.

The best way to find out if civil registration records are available in the town you are researching in, and to get the address of the archive is through the Directorio de Archivos in the Censo-guia.

FamilySearch Records[edit | edit source]

Some municipios may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. These births, marriages, and deaths are normally found in the municipal archive. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.

Wiki articles describing online collections which may contain pre-1870 civil registration records are found at:

Online Records[edit | edit source]