Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 2013 Collection Highlight

I have been wanting to highlight collections on that could prove helpful in your research. This month I want to highlight: Spain, Province of Granada, Catholic Church Pre-marriage Investigation Files, 1556-1899.

Background - I didn't name the collection, but if I had I would have referred to it a diocesan collection from the diocese of Granada. The collection was microfilmed in the 1980s by FamilySearch (then called the Genealogical Society of Utah) at the Diocesan Archive of Granda. In 1988 FamilySearch created an index, which was published on microfiche.

How to access the collection today - The 1988 index created by FamilySearch (volunteers that created the index on their spare time) was discovered in electronic format and reformatted to work with modern systems in 2010. FamilySearch published the index on - an example of what you will find is below.

Name:Andres Pulido
Event Type:Marriage
Event Date:17 Jul 1795
Event Place:Granada, Spain
Birth Year (Estimated):
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Name:Ysabel de Valle
Spouse's Age:
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
GS Film number:1650117
Image Number:111

How to understand and use the collection - The collection has more than 450,000 marriages. These marriages have proven their valor in helping resolve research problems in parishes where record destruction has stolen the baptisms, marriages, and deaths from us (my estimate is that 40%-50% of the diocese was destroyed during the Spanish civil war). The index (shown above) has a key field in that you wouldn't think is essential and necessary....'Image Number.' Image number in this case refers to 'sequence number,' meaning that the pre-marriage investigation packet for Andres Pulido and Ysabel del Valle is number 111 on microfilm number 1650117. Since FamilySearch does not have digital rights to scan and publish the microfilms from the diocese of Granada online. So, the only way to consult the actual pre-marriage investigation, or marriage dispensation, you will have to order the microfilm to your local FamilySearch center.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Municipal Census Records from Spain Now Online

Today FamilySearch published 9,891,146 indexed names from municipal census records from several areas of Spain. Some of the collections are still being published this evening and hopefully everything will be available over the weekend. Here is a summary of what has been (or will be) published. They are all published in the Municipal Records collections on

Number of Indexed Names
La Coruña

In the next couple of weeks I will post exactly which municipios are included in each provincial collection. Please share any successes you have by posting a comment below.

Friday, June 14, 2013

From Luarca to Frejulfe, part 2

Don't die of shock, but I think it's time to make the time to blog again. Last month at the NGS (National Genealogical Society) a blog follower asked me to start writing it goes.

My last post was part 1 of what I planned to make at least a 2 part post, that was basically a year ago. I had outlined how I was researching the 'de la Fraga' surname in Luarca, Asturias and that a few of the children's baptisms indicated that the father, Manuel Ramon, actually came from Frejulfe. The records indicated that Frejulfe was located in the diocese of Mondoñedo and was part of the Valle de Oro.

Starting Point

According to the information that I had from Manuel Ramon Prieto de la Fraga children's baptism, he was born in Frejulfe, (diocese of Mondoñedo) about 1740. The childrens' baptism record also indicated that Manuel Ramon's parents were: Juan Prieto de la Fraga and Theresa Fernandez (see previous post).

Research Findings

According to the Guia de la Iglesia de España. Frexulfe has the following records: Frejulfé, Valle de Oro (year indicated is the start year of that record type) Baptisms - 1605 Confirmations - 1778 Marriages - 1608 Deaths/Burials - 1618.

Since the diocesan archive has not been microfilmed or digitized the records are only available on site. I asked a colleague and friend if they could do a look up for me, and much to my delight they sent me the following transcription, the marriage record of Manuel Ramon's parents.

En diez y nuebe días del mes de Diciembre del año de mil setecientos y treinta y quatro despues de haber precedido las tres moniciones que el Sto Concilio de Trento dispone ansí en esta Parroquia de Sta Eulalia de Frejulfe como también en la de San Jorge del Quadramon asistí personalmente al matrimonio que se celebró in facie eclesia entre Juan da Fraga, hijo legítimo de Pedro da Fraga ahora difunto y de su mujer Antonia Fernandez, también difunta, vecinos de San Jorge del Quadramon, a Theresa Fernández, hija legítima de Antonio da Lança y de su muger María Fernández, mis feligreses. Fueron testigos de dicho matrimonio Roque Freyre, Diego da Fraga y Domingo Fernández, mis feligreses y no recibieron las vendicones de la Yglesia y para que conste lo firmo dicho día mes y año retro scripto.

Firma: Christobal Martínez Coronado.

We had estimated that Manuel Ramon had been born in Frejulfe about 1740, notice that the marriage occurs in 1734. It should also be recognized, and possibly a post for a future day, that Theresa Fernandez, mother of Manuel Ramon, took her mother's surname. This is quite common during this time period in Galicia - daughters taking on their mother's surname. I should also point out that I am still unsure where the 'Prieto' comes into Manuel Ramon's surname...further research on the family will need to occur to uncover that mystery. I'm guessing it will become more apparent in future research.

The parish records for Frejulfe were searched from 1730 to 1751 (when the volume ended), and Manuel Ramon's baptism record was not found. Three of this siblings were found. Below is one of the parish records found - Manuel Ramon's brother, Francisco (baptism dated 19 Aug 1735).

Two other siblings of Manuel Ramon were found (Mariña - 1737 and Maria Francisca -1739). Given the date of the marriage and baptisms of his siblings, it is still believed that Manuel Ramon was born about 1740 or 1741. At this point we are still trying to figure out why his baptism record does not appear. The most likely explanation was that he was baptized in a neighboring parish.


The dates, places, and names fit together well. Although Manuel Ramon's baptism record hasn't been found up to this point, the other family records piece the family together. To fully understand this research case further research will have to be done in Mondoñedo - a trip that I could really use right now...