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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Faro, Portugal.

Record Description

This is a collection of church records from parishes in the Diocese of Faro for the years 1587-1880 it includes baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths. These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage due to natural causes; 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 original parish records were kept in the parish archive under the custody of the priest and a duplicate register was regularly sent to the diocesan archive where the records were centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, but newer records were 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.

Citations 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, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arquivo Distrital de Faro.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Father's name, occupation and residence
  • Mother's name and residence
  • Paternal grandparents
  • Maternal grandparents
  • Godparents, their civil status, occupation and residence
  • Sometimes, a death date is noted in this record

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's civil status and occupation
  • Names of groom' parents
  • Names of groom's paternal grandparents
  • Names of groom's maternal grandparents
  • Bride's name, age and civil status
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of bride's paternal grandparents
  • Names of bride's maternal grandparents
  • Witnesses' names, their occupation and civil status

Death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Civil status of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Parents names, if deceased is a minor
  • Sometimes, burial information

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒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.

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 26 June, 2012), Faro > Castro Marim > Odeleite > Nossa Senhora da Visitaçãp > Batismos 1857-1873 > image 223 of 389 images, Gertrudes Pereira, 1872; citing Parochial da Senhora da Visitação de Odeleite, Castro Marim, Faro, Portugal.


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