Spain Goals:  1: Research   2: Census Records   3: Church and Cemetery Records   4: Civil Registration   5: Military Records   6: Maps and Gazetteers   7: Newspapers   8: Websites   9: Search Records   10: Get Help        SEARCH


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Goal 1: Learn about Spain research and records.


A. Use effective research methods for your Spanish ancestors.

  1. Use the Spain Quick Start Guide to help you with beginning Spanish research.
  2. Use the Locating Place of Origin Wiki article.
  3. Explore the site for genealogical tools.
  4. Explore the Genealogia Hispana blog site for a variety of articles on Spanish research.
  5. Explore the site for research records.
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  7. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  8. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.
  9. Use the Spain Record Finder to understand record types for research.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Record Finder
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B. Improve your skills in reading Spanish.

  1. Become familiar with the Spanish alphabet and words used in Spanish research.
    FS—Spanish Alphabet—20:00
    | FS—Spanish Words and Dates—25:00
  2. Improve your skills in reading Spanish handwritten records.
    FS -Reading Spanish Records—30:00
  3. Explore the BYU Spanish Script Tutorial.

Goal 2: Learn about the Spain census.


A. Learn about Spain census records.

  1. Learn about the Spain census in this FamilySearch Wiki article. See also the links for online regional collections at the end of the page.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Census Records
  2. Explore the Census Archives site for Spanish census resources.

Goal 3: Learn to use Spain church and cemetery records.


A. Learn about Spain church records.

  1. Learn about Spain church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article. See also the links for online collections at the end of the article page.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Church Records
  2. Learn about using the Catholic Church Archive Guide to search for records.
    FS—Catholic Church Archive Guide
  3. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Spain.

B. Explore Spain cemetery records.

  1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.

Goal 4: Learn about Spain civil registration.


A. Learn about Spain civil registration.

  1. Learn about Spain Civil Registration in this FamilySearch Wiki article. See also the links for online regional collections in the article.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Civil Registration


Goal 5: Learn about Spain military records.


A. Learn about Spain military records.

  1. Learn about Spain military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Military Records

Goal 6: Learn about Spain maps.


A. Explore Spain maps.

  1. Learn about Spain maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Spain Maps
  2. Explore the Baedeker's Old Guide Books site for maps of Portugal and Spain.
  3. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Spain maps.
  4. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Spain maps.
  5. Explore old maps of Spain in the 1900 Collection.
  6. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Spain maps.

Goal 7: Learn about Spanish newspapers.


A. Explore Spanish newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search Spanish newspapers in the site.
  2. Search Spanish newspapers in the site.
  3. Search Spanish newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.

Goal 9: Search records from Spain.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Spain.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. 1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Spanish online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Spanish records.

  1. Explore the Europe page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.

Goal 10: Get help with your Spain research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Investigacion Genealogica en Espana page on Facebook.
  2. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Spain.
  3. Visit the Southern Europe Genealogy Research Community page on Facebook.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Spain research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Spain research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Spain research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Spain research.

C. Learn about Spain genealogy societies.

  1. Explore Spain genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


FamilySearch   Indexed Historical   Catalog
Baptisms: 1502-1940
Marriages: 1565-1950
Deaths: 1600-1920
Barcelona Municipal Records: 1387-1950
Cordoba Municipal Records: 1509-1947
Gerona Municipal Records: 1566-1956
Segovia Municipal Records: 1718-1920
Sevilla Municipal Records: 1293-1966
Valencia Municipal Records: 1611-1935

Albacete Births & Christenings:   1504-1905   Lugo Catholic Parish:   1550-1930  

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Granada, Catholic Pre-marriage Investigation:   1556-1899

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