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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Diocese Católica do Porto, Portugal
This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1908.
This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic Diocese of Porto created at several parishes. It also includes an index of parish records for the city of Porto. These church records are housed at the Porto District Archives. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Additional images will be published as they become available.
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths and/or burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive. The records in our collection were acquired from the District Archive of Porto.
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, and burial in the life of their parishioners. These and other ordinances were performed by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in the District of Porto. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1911.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
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- "Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Porto District Archive.
Digital copies of originals are also housed in different District Archives of Porto throughout Portugal.
Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Child's name and gender
- Child's date, time and place of birth
- Father's name, occupation, residence and origin
- Mother's maiden name, residence and origin
- Names of paternal grandparents
- Names of maternal grandparents
- Godparents names, their civil status, occupation and residence
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses, their occupation, civil status and residence
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Legitimacy of deceased
- Residence and origin of deceased
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married
- Names of parents if deceased is a minor
- Parents' place of origin
- Burial information
How to Use the Record
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- 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
To search the collection image by image,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "District"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type 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.
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- 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.
- Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Continue to search the various browse sections to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area 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.
If the locality where your ancestors lived is not listed in the browse choices, check this collection at a date to see if the locality where your ancestors lived has added to the collection.
Links to descriptions of film cataloging for parishes in Porto are found in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
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