This site is the best place to get parish record information for Spain. The site itself is in French, but all the PDF files that this section of the site points to are in Spanish.
Contents of the Site
The home page contains a clickable ecclesiastical map all Spanish dioceses. The site links to the archival guide (PDF format) and the website for each dioceses. The PDF archival guides include an approximate list of the first records in each parish archive for:
- financial records
Using the Site EffectivelyIn order to search for a specific parish you need to know in which diocese the parish resides.
- Go to the above mentioned URL (copy and paste in your internet browser)
- On the map click on the name of the diocese you want to learn more about
- In the upper left corner of the screen a link to the diocese PDF file will appear. Click the link to view the PDF file
The PDF files contain the following information:
- Name and contact information for the diocesan archive
- History and inventory of the diocesan archive
- Alphabetical list of parishes within the diocese along with the town/city name where the parish resides
- Year of the first record for: baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths/burials, and fabricas (financial records)
Each parish list may contain any of the following abbreviated headings:
- B = baptisms
- C = confirmations
- M = marriages
- D = deaths
- F = fabricas
- GC = did the civil war affect the records? A parish may have existed before this time period, but the records may have been destroyed during the war.
- Co = are the records centralized in the diocesan archive
- Pic = sites of cultural interest
- Mic = microfilmed
- MH = historical records microfilmed (up to 1900)
- MAD = microfilmed or digitized records of current archives (1972-2000)
Additionally some Spanish Church records have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Some of these microfilms can be ordered to family history centers around the world for anyone to use. You will need to do a Place Search in the Family History Library Catalog for the town where your ancestors lived to determine if the records for your ancestral parish have been microfilmed.
Feel free to ask any follow up questions, or leave a comment!Lynn