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'''Most of your genealogical research for Valladolid will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
 
'''Most of your genealogical research for Valladolid will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The Vaccaei were a Celtic tribe, the first people with stable presence on the sector of the middle valley of the River Duero documented in historical times.
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Valladolid is a province of northwest Spain, in the central part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. The province was established as such by the Royal Decree of September 29, 1833 driven by the minister Javier de Burgos, being attached to the historic region of Old Castile. It is bordered by the provinces of Zamora, León, Palencia, Burgos, Segovia, Ávila, and Salamanca. The provincial capital is the city of Valladolid and the province is divided into 225 municipalities.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Province of Valladolid," ''Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Valladolid (accessed September 18, 2020).</ref>
During the time of Muslim rule in Spain the Christian kings moved the population of this region north into more easily defended areas, and deliberately created a no man's land as a buffer zone against further Moorish conquests. The area was captured from the Moors in the 10th century, and Valladolid was a village until King Alfonso VI of León and Castile donated it to Count Pedro Ansúrez in 1072. He built a palace for himself and his wife, Countess Eylo, the Collegiate of St. Mary and the La Antigua churches. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Valladolid grew rapidly, thanks also to the commercial privileges granted by the kings Alfonso VIII and Alfonso X, as well as to the repopulation of the area after the Reconquista.
 
In 1506 Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid "still convinced that he had reached the Indies" in a house that is now a Museum dedicated to him. It was made the capital of the kingdom again between 1601 and 1606 by Philip III. The city was again damaged by a flood of the rivers Pisuerga and Esgueva.
 
Despite the damage to the old city by the 1960s economic boom, it still boasts a few architectural manifestations of its former glory.
 
 
 
The population of Valladolid is roughly 309,714 people.<ref>Wikipedia Collaborators, "Valladolid," In ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valladolid. Visited 11 October 2017.</ref>
 
  
 
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*Some ''municipios'' (towns/cities) may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.<br>  
  
*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>
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*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.
 
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:*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
 
:*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
  
'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
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===1. Online Church Records===
 
===1. Online Church Records===
 
Currently, there are no online church records for this area.  You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.
 
Currently, there are no online church records for this area.  You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.
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'''There might be microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections. '''Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. '''To find a microfilm:'''
 
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=130301&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Valladolid%22 '''records for Spain, Valladolid'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=130301&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Spain%2C%20Valladolid%22 '''records for Spain, Valladolid'''].
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]]'''
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'''Write your request in Spanish whenever possible.''' For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/a/aa/LWGSpanish.pdf '''Spanish Letter-writing Guide.]'''
  
 
==Reading the Records==
 
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*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]
 
*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]
 
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
 
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
 
  
 
==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
 
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*If earlier generations are not in the record, '''search neighboring parishes. '''
  
 
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Most of your genealogical research for Valladolid will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

History[edit | edit source]

Valladolid is a province of northwest Spain, in the central part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. The province was established as such by the Royal Decree of September 29, 1833 driven by the minister Javier de Burgos, being attached to the historic region of Old Castile. It is bordered by the provinces of Zamora, León, Palencia, Burgos, Segovia, Ávila, and Salamanca. The provincial capital is the city of Valladolid and the province is divided into 225 municipalities.[1]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Spanish civil registration records (government birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates) began in 1871.
  • Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded by the local Juzgado de la Paz, or Oficinia del Registro Civil. The records are still housed in their local municpal archives. In addition, Spain does have a national index or central repository for civil registration.
  • Some municipios (towns/cities) may have civil registration records beginning as early as 1837. Some of them have been microfilmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch.
  • 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.


Here are several different approaches to obtaining these certificates:

1. Online Digitized Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Currently, there are no online FamilySearch Historical civil registration records for this area. You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.

2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Currently, the Family History Library does not have civil registration microfilms for this area. You should check back from time to time to see if they become available. In the meantime. it is possible to write for the records.

3. Ordering Certificates From the Ministerio de Justica[edit | edit source]

  • Researchers can solicit the Ministerio de Justicia online for copies of certificates.
  • For detailed information on how to order these records online, please see the article Order Spain Vital Records Online. It will take you through the process step by step, and includes translation of terms you will find in that process.

4. Writing to the Civil Registry of a Municipality[edit | edit source]

  • Juzgado de la Paz or Oficina del Registro Civil should be contacted if a certificate copy request to the Ministerio de Justicia fails.
  • Use the following address, filling in the parentheses with the specific information for your town :
Oficina del Registro Civil
(Street address: This link will give you addresses for all the civil registries in Valladolid.)
(postal code) (City)
Valladolid, Spain
  • Full name and the sex of the person sought.
  • Names of the parents, if known.
  • Approximate date and place of the event.
  • Your relationship to the person.
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
  • Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Catholicism's roots extend deep into Spain's history. Parish and diocesan records created by the Catholic Church in Spain have long been considered some of the richest genealogical records in the world. Ever since the Council of Trent, Catholic parish records have been consistently recorded, usually providing three generations in a single baptismal entry.
  • The vast majority of Spaniards are Catholic, and so almost every Spaniard can be found in the records of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was the primary record keeper of births, marriages, and deaths, until civil registration started in 1869.
  • Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due natural disasters such as fire, flood, and earthquakes. Civil and political strife has also caused record loss, including during time of the Spanish Civil War.
  • The Catholic Church has created several different records. The most used in genealogical research include: baptisms (bautizos, bautismos), marriages (matrimonios), and burials (entierros, defunciones, fallecimientos). Other records include: confirmations (confimaciones) and pre-marriage investigations (expedientes matrimoniales, información matrimonial).
  • Tip: If you are researching after 1869, when Civil Registration started in Spain, both church and civil records should be searched since there may be information in one record that does not appear in the other.

1. Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

Currently, there are no online church records for this area. You should check back from time to time to see if they have become available.

2. Microfilmed Records From the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

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There might be microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Spain, Valladolid.
b. Click on "Places within Spain, Valladolid" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Spain. Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

Write a brief request in Spanish to the proper church using this address as guide, replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Padre
Parroquia de (name of parish)
(street address) Search The Church in Spain by province (Selecciona la provincia) or parish (Nombre de la parroquia).
(postal code), (city), Valladolid
Spain

When requesting information, send the following:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record

Write your request in Spanish whenever possible. For writing your letter in Spanish, use the translated questions and phrases in this Spanish Letter-writing Guide.

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this Spanish Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document. Reading handwriting skills are taught in the BYU Spanish Script Tutorial.
  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records[edit | edit source]

Effective use of church records includes the following strategies.

  • Search for the birth record of the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Then, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all family members.
  • Then repeat the process for both the father and the mother.
  • If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Province of Valladolid," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Valladolid (accessed September 18, 2020).