Portugal, Diocese of Braga Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1913410 |title=Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911|location=Portugal}}  
  
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Arquidiocese de Braga, Portugal.  
 
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Arquidiocese de Braga, Portugal.  
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This collection of church records includes the years 1530-1911.  
 
This collection of church records includes the years 1530-1911.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Braga, Portugal.
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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, but newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1913410/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.
  
The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Braga, 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, but newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Image:Portugal, Braga, Baptism.JPG|Baptismal Record
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Image:Portugal, Braga, Marriage.JPG|Marriage Record
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Image:Portugal, Braga, Death.jpg|Death Record
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</gallery> '''Birth records usually contain the following information:'''
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''
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*Date and place of the event  
 
*Date and place of the event  
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*Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
 
*Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''  
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<br>'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
 
*Date and place of the event  
 
*Date and place of the event  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records are:'''  
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<br>'''Death/burial records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
 
*Place and date of death  
 
*Place and date of death  
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*Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)  
 
*Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)  
 
*Place of burial (cemetery)
 
*Place of burial (cemetery)
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought.  
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To search this collection <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>⇒Select the "District" where your ancestors lived <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Parish" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" you should see images of those records.  
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. Keep in mind:
  
'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:  
  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
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*The name of the parents or spouse
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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<br>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.  
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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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.  
  
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For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records, military records, or other types of records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to a couple’s religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*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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*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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[[Portuguese Genealogical Word List]]
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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== Record History  ==
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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.
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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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.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Braga, 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.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
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*[http://www.ecclesia.pt/anuario/ Anuario Católico – Lista das paróquias]  
 
*[http://www.ecclesia.pt/anuario/ Anuario Católico – Lista das paróquias]  
 
*[http://www.diocese-braga.pt/ Arquidiocese de Braga]
 
*[http://www.diocese-braga.pt/ Arquidiocese de Braga]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Portugal Catholic Church Records|Portugal Catholic Church Records]]  
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*[[Portugal|Portugal]]
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*[[Portugal Catholic Church Records|Portugal Catholic Church Records]]
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1913410/waypoints Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911]  
 
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Original registers are housed in different parish archives throughout the Diocese of Braga.  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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Revision as of 15:32, 20 December 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Arquidiocese de Braga, Portugal.

Record Description

This collection of church records includes the years 1530-1911.

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Braga, 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, but newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Birth records usually contain the following information:


  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth and gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names, their residence and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses or godparents’ names


Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Civil status (widowed, single, divorce) 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


Death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • 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 parents' names and that of children if any left behind
  • Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
  • Place of burial (cemetery)


How to Use the Records

To search this collection
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "District" where your ancestors lived
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" you should see images of those records.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. 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.

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


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.

For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Portuguese Genealogical Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Portugal, Braga Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arquivo Distrital de Braga.