Introduction === 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]]. 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.