Spain Genealogists

Our Spain genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can perform research in all Spanish archives.

National Archives

  • Archivo General de Indias
    80 million pages of documents (1492-1830s) on political, social. religious, and economic history from Tierra de Fuego to the South of the United States as well as the Spanish Far East, and the Philippines. Includes relations between Christopher Columbus and the Catholic Monarchs, Juan Sebastián Elcano's will and testament, writings of explorers, extraordinary map collection, and the Treaty of Tordesillas Archives of Capital Provinces
  • Archivo General de Simancas
    Over 75,000 files from the Catholic Monarchs to the first third of the 19th century
  • Archivo Histórico Nacional in Madrid
    Over 4,000 documents by public and private institutions throughout the History of Spain from 1400s to 2000s. Includes Spanish ecclesiastical records, 200,000 medieval parchments, 16,361 maps, 48 private collections. Includes records for the Inquisition, Consejos (territories of the crown of Castile in the Old Regime), and Hacienda (personal dossiers of public employees)
  • Archivo General de la Administración in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
    A National Archive similar to the Archivo Histórico Nacional, but with contemporary documents (XIX-XXth centuries), such as Hacienda (personal dossiers of public employees)
  • Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica
    Extensive newspaper collection, 60,000 monographs, 4,000 periodicals. Majority of military literature (1936-1939). Images of Civil War and Exile. Documentation on Freemasonry, theosophical, and Rotarian associations.
  • Centro de Información Documental de Archivos (CIDA)
    Census-Guide to Spanish and Latin American Archives, information from 49,000 archives with 35,000 related to Spain and 14,000 to Latin America, 12,246 monographs, 4,860 pamphlets, 707 journals, 170,544 bibliographies
  • National Library
    Contains more than 26 million items, including 15 million books and other printed materials, 30,000 manuscripts, 143,000 newspapers and serials, 4.5 million graphic materials, 510,000 music scores, 500,000 maps, 600,000 sound recording, 90,000 audiovisuals, 90,000 electronic documents, and more than 500,000 microforms
  • Sección Nobleza del Archivo Histórico Nacional
    Includes canonization process of Saint Francis Borgia (4th Duke of Gandía), Treaty of Granada, and records of the ambassador in the Treaty of Münster

Regional Archives

  • Archivo de la Corona de Aragón Documents relating to Royal Heritage, government and justice. Includes Registers of the Royal Chancellor Office, heirs to the notarial practices developed at the University of Bologna since the end of the 12th Century, original documents issued by the crown that provide firsthand information on society and life in the Middle Ages
  • Archivo de la Real Chancillería de Valladolid
    Almost 14 lineal kilometers of records that provide a magnificent picture of the judicial, social and economic history of the northern half of the crown of Castile in the Old Regime (North of the Tajo River). Includes Regional Court of Political Responsibilities of Valladolid (1939-1942) and the Social Courts of Valladolid (1938-1988).
  • Archivo de la Real Chancillería de Granada
    Similar to the Archive of Valladolid, but contains the southern half of the crown of Castile (South of the Tajo River)
  • Archives of Capital Provinces
  • Our researchers can research in all provincial capitals, including Sevilla, León, Santander, and Logroño. There are three types of archives in each Spanish province:
    • Archivo Histórico Municipal
      Municipal records of the city/town: census, military, etc.
    • Archivo Histórico Provincial
      Centralized notarial records for the towns of each province; one archive in each province capital for a total of 50 Archivos Históricos Provinciales in Spain
    • Diocesan archives
      Church record archives
  • Biblioteca del Marqués de la Encomienda in Almendralejo, Badajoz, and Extremadura
    Church records of the three Extremadura dioceses
  • Archivo General de Arzobispado de Sevilla
    Marriage dossiers from 1500s to 1900s from the provinces of Sevilla, Huelva, and the most important towns of Cádiz such as Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa María, and Sanlúcar de Barrameda
  • Archivo de la Corona de Aragón
    Documents relating to Royal Heritage, government and justice. Includes Registers of the Royal Chancellor Office, heirs to the notarial practices developed at the University of Bologna since the end of the 12th Century, original documents issued by the crown that provide firsthand information on society and life in the Middle Ages
  • Archivo Histórico Provincial de Alava
  • Archivo Histórico Provincial de Guipúzcoa
  • Archivo Histórico Provincial de Sevilla
    Notarial records from Seville and a lot of towns in this province
  • Archivo Histórico Provincial de Vizcaya
  • Archivo Municipal (municipality of Seville)
    Local census, tax, military draft records

Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Spain include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns
  • Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the government
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the local courts
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • City directories
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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