Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Basque Genealogy Websites

Introduction

The Basques are doing a terrific job of allowing people access to records that are full of genealogical information. They may have had the genealogist in mind when creating these sites, but like most websites they are not only for us family history researchers. Here are my favorite sites for Basque family history research...keep in mind that not everything is online.

Parish Records

  • Archivo Ecclesiastico de Vizcaya ( http://www.aheb-beha.org ) This site has more than 1,400,000 extracted parish records (baptisms only) for the Diocese of Vizcaya (Bizkaia in Basque). The site is free to use, and available in English, Spanish, and Basque. If you find an ancestor on the site you can order a variety of different copies of the original document (see site for additional details). Prices vary from 3 Euros to 10 Euros depending on the type of the copy requested.
  • Archivo Historico Diocesano de San Sebastian ( http://mendezmende.org/artxiboa/ ) This site has extracted parish records for the Diocese of San Sebastian, which basically includes the entire province of Guipuzcoa (Gipuzkoa). This site is also free to use, and allows you to order copies of the original documents for a fee (see site for additional details).
  • Patrimonio documental de Euskadi ( http://www.irargi.org/ ) This site combines all the extracted parish records from the three Basque provinces (Vizcaya, Alava, and Guipuzcoa) and allows you to search them for free. The site does not allow you to order copies of original documents.

Civil Registration

Civil registration records include births, marriages, and deaths. The records were recorded by municipality beginning in 1870. You can order a birth, marriage, or death certificate from any municipality in the Basque Country for free at: http://www.justizia.net/registrocivil/
For more timely and better chances of success include the municipality where the event occurred, and an exact date (if possible).

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