In the course of doing my family research, there was a phrase that kept coming up again and again.
This phrase was “El Orden de Santiago” which means the Order of Santiago.
According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Spanish Orden de Santiago is a Christian military-religious order of knights founded about 1160 in Spain.
This order was founded for the purpose of fighting Spanish Muslims and of protecting pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
They were originally called the Order of Cáceres, after the city in which it was founded, the order assumed the Santiago name in 1171.
The first time I came across this Order was while researching for my 14th great grandfather Andres de Tapia. He was one of the first conquistadors that came with Hernan Cortez to Mexico int he early 1500’s.
Another instance that I came across this Order was while researching my 12th great grandfather Vicente de Zaldivar.
Fortunately for me, I recently found the Order of Santiago applications at FamilySearch.
They are over 140 microfilms!
Thankfully they have been digitized and are available for viewing using the links below.
The great thing about these applications is that some of them contain a few hundred pages and other up to over a thousand pages.
Some of these records contain wills and almost all of them contain genealogy information.
They even contain accounts of witnesses as to the quality of the applicant can be found.
Links by Last Name, the Order of Santiago, 1501-1799
Below look at the “Apellidos” (last names) in order to browse through the microfilms.
Expedientes de la Orden de Santiago, 1501-1799 : Apellidos Abad a Ezquerra
Expedientes de la Orden de Santiago, 1501-1799 : Apellidos Fagoaga a Lles
Expedientes de la Orden de Santiago, 1501-1799 : Apellidos Macarty a Prado Ulloa
Expedientes de la Orden de Santiago, 1501-1799 : Apellidos Prado Ulloa a Velasco y Ceballos
Expedientes de la Orden de Santiago, 1501-1799 : Apellidos Velasco y Ceballos hasta Zurucelaegui y Arriola
Genealogy of Vicente de Zaldivar y Mendozade – 1626
I found the application for my 11th great grand uncle, Vicente de Zaldivar y Mendoza.
His parents, Vicente de Zaldivar and Magdalena de Mendoza are my 12th great grandparents.
Among the images of his application, I found the following document.
It mentions the names of his grandparents through both maternal and paternal sides.
As you can see it is a genealogical treasure and the information included in these applications can be invaluable.
Finally, even if you don’t find anything about your own ancestors in them it is good to know that they exist.
You just never know when you may need them or when you may find a clue pointing you to them.
- Zaldivar y Mendoza, Vicente de 1626, FamilySearch, Film # 008181008, Image 740