The process of marrying in Hispanic societies potentially generated several different records:
The first two record types on the above list relate to the marriage performed by the parish priest. The third one refers to the application by a future bride and groom to the bishop, and subsequent investigation to waive an impediment to the proposed marriage. The fourth category refers generally to broken promises to marry—lawsuits and prosecutions relating to marital conflicts and annulments found in the diocesan and civil courts. The last items are contracts defining property contributions to and ultimate property distributions from the marriage, often not only involving the bride and groom, but their respective parents as well.
Marriage records for most Hispanic countries may include the following information, depending on the time period when they were created:
The information included in these records usually follows a specific order; however, it is not uncommon to find the same information in different order.
(See also Spanish Records Extraction Guide - Chapter 2 : Section 2 - Marriage Entries.)
Mes de Julio de 1876
En estaVilla del Diamante parroquia de San Cipriano
á los tres días del mes de Julio del año mil ochocientos
setenta y seis habiendose practicado las diligencias ne-
cesarias segun derecho para el matrimonio que pre-
tendia contraer Don Manuel Valerio Taborda na-
tural y vecino de este departamento é hijo legitimo
de Don Calitro Taborda y de Doña Rosario Alba,
soltero de veinte años de edad, blanco de color, labrador; con
Doña Josefa Fernandez natural y vecina de este departa-
mento é hija legitima de Don José María Fernandez y
de Doña Melchora Pacheco soltera de diez y ocho años
de edad, blanca de color, costurera; despues de leidas
las tres consiliares proclamas, y no habiendo resulta-
do impedimento alguno y estando habiles en doctri-
na cristiana y sacramentalmente confesados, yo el
infrascrito cura y vicario provisorio de esta parroquia
desposé por palabras de presente á los referidos contrayen-
tes Don Manuel Valerio Taborda y Doña Josefa
Fernandez oidos sus mutuos consentimientos de que
fueron testigos Don Tomas Villa y Doña Toma-
sa Castillo. Y por ser verdad lo firmo.
Month of July of 1876
In this town of El Diamante parish of San Cipriano
on the third day of the month of July of the year of eighteen
hundred and seventy six having been practiced the necessary
preparations according to the law for the marriage that was
intended between Don Manuel Valerio Taborda native and
resident of this department and legitimate son of Don Calitro
Taborda and of Doña Rosario Alba, single of twenty years
of age, of white complexion, farmer; and Doña Josefa
Fernandez native and resident of this department and legitimate
daughter of Don José María Fernandez and of Doña Melchora
Pacheco single of eighteen years of age, of white complexion,
seamstress; after having read the three banns , and not having
resulted any impediments and being able in the Christian
doctrine and having received the sacrament of confession,
I the undersigned provisional priest and vicar of this parish
married, with words in the present tense, the referred parties
Don Manuel Valerio Taborda and Doña Josefa Fernandez having
heard their mutual consent, which was witnessed by Don Tomas
Villa and Doña Tomasa Castillo. And being true, I sign it.
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