Records Extraction Guide
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.
Here is the Spanish Records Extraction Guide in its entirety (65MB). To view individual chapters, click on the links below.
Chapter 1: Old Spanish Records
Chapter 2: Christening, Marriage, and Other Entries
Chapter 3: Spanish Handwriting and Spelling
Chapter 4: Name Identification
Chapter 5: Gender
Chapter 6: Dates
Chapter 7: Putting It All Into Practice