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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Beja, Portugal
These Catholic Church records were created by parishes primarily in the district of Beja but also in the districts of Évora, Faro, and Setúbal, all of which are housed in the Arquivo Distrital de Beja. This collection includes: baptisms, marriages, and deaths between the years 1550 - 1911. Additional images will be published as they become available. This District of Beja 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.
For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Child's name and gender
- Child's date and place of birth
- Parents' names, their occupation and origin
- Names of paternal grandparents
- Names of maternal grandparents
- Names of godparents, their civil status and occupation
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, date and place of birth
- Groom's baptismal date and place
- Groom's occupation, civil status and origin
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's age, date and place of birth
- Bride's baptismal date and place
- Bride's occupation, civil status and origin
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses, their civil status, occupation and residence
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Place and date of death
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Occupation, civil status, origin and residence of deceased
- Spouse's name, if married
- Cause of death
- Parents' names, occupation and origin
- Sometimes, burial information
How to Use the Record
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⇒ 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.
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- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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