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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Beja, Portugal.
This is a collection of Catholic Church baptisms, marriages, and deaths for the year of 1881-1911, which were created in parishes of the District of Beja, Portugal. The ecclesiastical jurisdiction for the District of Beja is the Diocese of Beja. This District is divided into 13 municipalities (municípios):
- Castro Verde
- Ferreira do Alentejo
The records were handwritten in Portuguese. Parishes in the District of Beja are part of the Beja Diocese. Each parish priest kept the original register in the parish archive and a duplicate copy was later sent to the Diocesan Archive to keep the records centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation. However, this collection of records is housed at the Beja District Archive. Not all localities may be represented at once. Additional images will be published as they become available.
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- Portugal. Catholic Church Parishes in the Beja District. Parish records, 1881-1911. Arquivo Distrital de Beja, Beja, Portugal.
Some key genealogical facts found in baptism records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of child
- Date of birth and gender
- Parents’ names, residence, and/or places of origin
- Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
Some key genealogical facts found in marriage records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) of bride and groom at time of the event
- Place of origin and/or residence of bride and groom
- Names of parents
- Names of witnesses
Some key genealogical facts found in death records are:
- Place and date of death
- Name of the deceased
- Civil status of deceased person at time of death
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
- Cause of death
- Sometimes names of living parents and children
- Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
- Place of burial (cemetery)
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- The place where the event occurred
- The name and surname of the person
- The approximate date of the event
- The name of the parents or spouse
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- Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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- Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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Keep in mind:
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- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.