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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Lamego, Portugal.
This is a collection of church records from parishes in the Diocese of Lamego for the years 1532-1911 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.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Lamego, 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.
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.
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- Diocese of Lamego. Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic church records. Catholic Diocese of Lamego, Portugal.
Key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records are:
- Date and place of baptism
- Child's name and gender
- Child's date and place of birth
- Parents’ names and origin
- Names of paternal grandparents
- Names of Maternal grandparents
- Names of godparents
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) 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
The key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records are:
- 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 names of living parents and children
- Sometimes if the deceased left a testament (will)
- Place of burial (cemetery)
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⇒ Select the "Nome da freguesia" category
⇒ Select the "Nome da paróquia" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro e anos" 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.
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“Portugal, Diocese of Lamengo Church Records, 1529-1916,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26922-34450-22?cc=1928591&wc=MMR1-X3T:n1256157639: accessed 4 September, 2012), Viseu > Vila Nova de Paiva > Fráguas > Sao Pelágio > Obitos 1910 > image 5 of 8 images, Anna Lopes, 1910; citing freguesia de Fraguas, Vila Nova de Paiva, Viseu, Portugal.