Records Extraction Guide              

Tapa del Manual de extracción de registros

About the Guide

If you are interested in learning how to read old Spanish handwriting for the purpose of extracting parish records, you may consult the Spanish Records Extraction Guide. This resource provides basic principles, examples, and practice exercises which will enable you to identify specific parts and characteristics of christening and marriage record entries. The Spanish Records Extraction Guide was first published in 1981 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is now available for download on this website in PDF format.

To download the Spanish Records Extraction Guide in its entirety (65MB), click here.

To download individual chapters, click on the links below.

Chapter 1
Chapter 1: Old Spanish Records

Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Christening, Marriage, and Other Entries

Section 1 - Christening Entries
Section 2 - Marriage Entries
Section 3 - Other Entries
Chapter 3
Chapter 3: Spanish Handwriting and Spelling

Section 1 - Easily Confused Letters
Section 2 - Elements of Spanish Handwriting Style
Section 3 - Variations in Word Spelling
Chapter 4
Chapter 4: Name Identification

Section 1 - Identifying Names
Section 2 - Deciphering Personal Names
Section 3 - Distinguishing between Given Names and Surnames
Chapter 5
Chapter 5: Gender

Section 1 - Sex Determiners
Chapter 6
Chapter 6: Dates

Section 1 - Months, Days, Years
Section 2 - Variations in Dates
Chapter 7
Chapter 7: Putting It All Into Practice
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6 - Answers

Section 1 - Spanish and Latin Terms
Section 2 - Christening and Marriage Entry Phrases
Appendix A1 - Given Names
Appendix A2 - Common Surnames
Appendix B - Common Abbreviations
Appendix C - Common Occupations
Appendix D - Racial Designations
Appendix E - Titles and Descriptive Terms
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