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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Arquidiocese de Braga, Portugal
This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1911.
The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials 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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Birth records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of child
- Date of birth and gender
- 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 or 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
Search the Collection
To browse the collection by image:
⇒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.
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.
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
About the Records
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 resources:
- Portuguese Genealogical Word List
- Portuguese Letter-writing Guide
- Learning Center Resources:
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|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, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911.|
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.
- This page was last modified on 8 July 2014, at 20:51.
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