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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1976095 |title=Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909|location=Portugal}}<br>  
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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1976095 |title=Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911|location=Portugal}}<br>  
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== Image Visibility  ==
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records collection is available online only to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Microfilms of these records are available for viewing at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Family History Center]. Please see [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Using_the_Family_History_Library_Catalog Using the Family History Library Catalog] to find a microfilm and see [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche_from_a_Family_History_Center Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche].&nbsp;
  
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viana do Castelo, Portugal  
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'''Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viana do Castelo, Portugal'''
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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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.  
 
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 [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1976095/waypoints Browse].  
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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/1976095/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.  
  
 
=== Citations for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citations for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Viana do Castelo District Archive.}}  
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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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[[Portugal, Diocese of Viana do Castelo Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Portugal, Diocese of Viana do Castelo Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:''' [[Image:Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR, baptism.JPG|thumb|right|Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR, baptism.JPG]]
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'''Baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of baptism
*Name of child
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*Child's name and gender
*Date of birth and gender
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*Child's date, time and place of birth  
*Legitimacy
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*Parents' names
*Parents’ names, their residence and/or place of origin
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*Names of paternal grandparents
*Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
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*Names of maternal grandparents
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*Godparents' names, their civil status, occupation and residence
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:''' [[Image:Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR,marriage.JPG|thumb|right|Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR,marriage.JPG]]
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'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of marriage
*Names of the bride and groom
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*Groom's name
*Civil status (widowed, single, divorce) of bride and groom at time of the event
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*Groom's civil status, occupation, residence and origin
*Place of origin and/or residence of bride and groom
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*Names of groom's parents
*Names of parents  
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*Bride's name
*Names of witnesses
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*Bride's civil status, occupation, residence and origin
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*Names of bride's parents  
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*Names of witnesses, their civil status, occupation and residence
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records are:''' [[Image:Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR,death.jpg|thumb|right|Portugal, Viana do Castelo, CCR,death.jpg]]
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'''Death/burial records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place and date of death  
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*Date and place of death/burial
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name, age and gender of deceased  
*Civil status of deceased person at time of death
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*Legitimacy of deceased  
*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
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*Civil status of deceased
*Cause of death
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*Name of spouse, if married  
*Sometimes parent’s names and that of children if any left behind
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*Sometimes, parent’s name if deceased is a minor
*Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)  
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*Sometimes, a note regarding a testament (will)  
*Place of burial (cemetery)
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*Burial information
  
 
== 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 the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒Select the "District" category <br> ⇒Select the "Municipality" category <br> ⇒Select the "Civil Parish" category <br> ⇒Select the "Parish" category <br> ⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.  
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information 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 ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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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:
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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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.
  
'''For example:'''
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====For Help Reading These Records====
  
*Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records.  
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These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
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following wiki articles:
*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*The parents' origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Marriage date and place may help you find their children.
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*Burial place may also help to show their migration pattern.
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married, and died in the same place or nearby.
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[[Portuguese Genealogical Word List]]
 
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== 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/1976095/waypoints Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911]
  
 
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.  
 
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 Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
“Portugal, Viana do Castelo Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14589-61167-32?cc=1976095&amp;wc=14052895: accessed 2 July, 2012), Viana do Castelo &gt; Viana do Castelo &gt; Vila Fria &gt; São Martinho &gt; Óbitos 1765-1863 &gt; image 133 of 146 images, João Rodrigues, 1883; citing Vila Fria, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
 
  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].

Revision as of 18:53, 21 October 2013

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

Contents

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records collection is available online only to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Microfilms of these records are available for viewing at a Family History Center. Please see Using the Family History Library Catalog to find a microfilm and see Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Record Description

This is a collection of church records from parishes in the Diocese of Viana do Castelo for the years 1537-1909 it includes baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths. These parish records are housed at the Braga District Archives at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. 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 on FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Viana do Castelo District Archive.

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, time and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • 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
  • Groom's name
  • Groom's civil status, occupation, residence and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name
  • Bride's civil status, occupation, residence and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses, their civil status, occupation and residence

Death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death/burial
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Legitimacy of deceased
  • Civil status of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, parent’s name if deceased is a minor
  • Sometimes, a note regarding a testament (will)
  • 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.

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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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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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, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911

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.