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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese da Guarda, Portugal.

Record Description

This collection of church records includes the years 1459 to 1911.

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Guarda, Portugal. These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers appear to have some physical damage; therefore, some data may be difficult to read or some even may be lost. However, in general, they are in good condition for extracting genealogical information. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.

Parish priests performed the ordinances for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, and the other holy sacraments in the jurisdiction of their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive under the custody of the priest. However, a duplicate of these registers was regularly sent to the diocesan archive where the records were centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation.

Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances performed on parishioners by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Guarda, Portugal, before 1911, when the civil registration was implemented. For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911.

Record Content

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Date, time and place of birth
  • Parents’ names, occupation and origin
  • Paternal grandparents names, occupation and origin
  • Maternal grandparents names, occupation and origin
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's civil status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents, their residence and origin
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's civil status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents, their residence and origin
  • Names of witnesses

Death or burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation, marital status and origin of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names and residence if deceased is a minor child
  • Sometimes, burial information

How to Use the Records

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "District" category
⇒Select the "Municipality" category
⇒Select the "Civil Parish" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Guarda items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Guarda items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Portugal Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection citation:

"Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Guarda District Archives.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911.




 

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