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Title in the Language of the Records
Testamentos de Coimbra, Portugal
This collection of notary public wills includes the years 1801-1935.
This collection contains testaments created in the presence of notaries and housed at the Coimbra University Archive (Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra). Additional images will be published as they become available. These records are handwritten in Portuguese and in narrative style. Additional images will be published as they become available.
A testament is a document that sets forth a person's wishes for the disposition of their property after death. Testaments (wills) in Portugal are written and kept by a notary public. A person wanting to leave a will after death goes to a notary public anywhere in Portugal and, after presenting legal identification, can start composing his will with the help of the notary public. The notary agency keeps the original document and a copy is given to the testator. The testator may also register a will in the Conservatória dos Registros Centrais (Central Conservatory of Records) in Lisbon. This entity keeps an index of registered wills and the place where it was written and kept.
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
- Name of notary public
- Date and place issued
- Name of testator
- Place of residence and sometimes place of origin
- Age or date of birth
- Spouse’s name and age or birth date
- Names of heirs and their ages or birth date and place of residence
How to Use the Records
To search the collection image by image,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Volume number and Years" which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one 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. Keep in mind:
- 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.
Testaments were created in chronological order in a book kept by the notary public. If you have an approximate date of death for your ancestor, you may search the wills by date. Information in wills can help to find out the type of life or type of individual the ancestor was, can also give information not found in other records.
When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:
- 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
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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- "Portugal, Coimbra, Testaments, 1801-1935." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra.