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Spanish Genealogy Resources

Under this section you will find useful tips and resources to start and expand your Spanish genealogy research. Although some of these resources might prove useful when researching family history in other Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America, the … Continue reading

Quest to solve two Spanish mysteries with DNA continues…

NOTE: The genealogical chart at the end of this article may help to understand the relationships and hypothetical family links mentioned in the text. When I first took a DNA test (with AncestryDNA) in 2016 I half suspected most of … Continue reading

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Why don’t Spanish death certificates include a cause of death?

If you have ever had to order a death certificate from a Spanish registry office, you may have noticed that the cause of death is crossed out, or simply does not exist. To many of us, the absence of a … Continue reading

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How to order a Spanish death certificate?

One of the most common questions I usually get when discussing genealogy is “how can I get my ancestor’s death certificate from Spain?”. The procedure is actually pretty straight-forward and it usually takes a few days – if you’re lucky!- … Continue reading

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Understanding Spanish Surnames

In recent times family researchers in England, the USA and beyond  have asked me to clarify a matter which concerns their Spanish ancestry. It is, in fact, one of the most common questions I tend to get: how does the Spanish … Continue reading

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A Spanish bigamy Story for J. Carmen

The following is a summary of the recent discoveries I have made, together with a fellow researcher, for a fellow historian, genealogist and researcher, J. Carmen Smith, who follows me on Twitter and who some years ago published an account … Continue reading

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How to order a Spanish birth certificate?

One of the most common questions I usually get when discussing genealogy is “how can I get my ancestor’s birth certificate from Spain?”. The procedure is actually pretty straight-forward and it usually only takes a few days – if you’re … Continue reading

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Understanding Spanish Birth Certificates

One of biggest challenges we face when researching our ancestry or anybody else’s is the language barrier. There are many online tools that help overcome these barriers – from online translation tools to common phrases which are used in such … Continue reading

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Divorce, Spanish style

Divorce, or the dissolution of a marriage, is an institution which has existed for centuries. Although we may not realise it, there were hundreds of historical divorces which preceded the case of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine … Continue reading

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Territorial division according to the Church

Traditionally the Roman Catholic Church in Spain – and beyond – has followed its own criteria when dividing the national territory into administrative units, the largest of which is known as a archdiocese. An archdiocese is headed by an archbishop, … Continue reading