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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Judiciary of Spain

The Court system includes the following branches:

  • Organización jerárquica de los Juzgados y Tribunales
  • El Tribunal Supremo
  • La Audiencia Nacional
  • Los Tribunales Superiores de Justicia
  • Las Audiencias Provinciales
  • Los Juzgados de lo Penal, de lo Contencioso Administrativo, de lo *Social, de Menores y de Vigilancia Penitenciaria
  • Los Juzgados de Primera Instancia e Instrucción
  • Los Juzgados de Paz
  • El Tribunal Constitucional

Inquisition petitions
(Expedientes familiares)
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Research use: Establish lineages in a period for which other sources are scarce.

Record type: Petitions of those who wanted to serve in the Inquisition.

General: The Inquisition was established to control heretics and prevent religious crimes. In Spain it had an additional political purpose as an attempt to achieve unity and royal control of the country. The Inquisition became an arm of the Spanish state to guarantee that reconquered Spain would remain free and strong from non-Christian countries of the Mediterranean.

Time period: 1550-1819.

Contents: A statement requesting nomination, a statement concerning genealogical purity, copies of baptismal and marriage certificates for the requestor, the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, and other documents such as wills and memberships in military orders.

Location: National Historical Archive and possibly some provincial archives.

Population coverage: 3% of the population.[1]

Reliability: High.

References[edit | edit source]

  • O'Callaghan, Joseph F. A History of Medieval Spain. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983.
  • Merino-Blanco, Elena. The Spanish Legal System. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1996
  • Ovilo y Otero, Manuel. Historia de las Cortes de España, y exámen histórico-crítico de las mismas desde el casamiento de S. M. la reina Doña Isabel II. Libro de los diputados célebres: Arte de la elocuencia y de gobernar, y nota de las dignidades, condecoraciones y sociedades ilustres, con los nombres de los individuos que a ellas pertenecen 1. 1. Madrid: Aguado, 1847.
  • Ramos Pérez, Demetrio. Historia de las Cortes tradicionales de Espańa. Madrid ;Burgos: Ed. Aldecoa, 1944.
  • Semper, Juan. Resumen de la historia de las antiguas Cortes de España. Madrid: [s.n.], 1834.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Spain,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1984-1999.