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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 FamilySearch 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  ==
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== Record Description  ==
 
== 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.&nbsp;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.  
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This is a collection of church records from parishes in the Diocese of Viana do Castelo for the years 1537 to 1909. It includes baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials. 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.  
 
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.  
  
== Citations for This Collection ==
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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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== Record Content  ==
  
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'''Baptism records''' usually contain the following information:
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Child's name and gender
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*Child's date, time, and place of birth
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*Parents' names
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*Names of paternal and maternal grandparents
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*Godparents' names, their civil status, occupation, and residence
  
=== Record Content  ===
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''  
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Groom's name
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*Groom's civil status, occupation, residence, and origin
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*Names of groom's parents
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*Bride's name
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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
  
*Date and place of the event
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'''Death or burial records''' usually contain the following information:
*Name of child
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*Date of birth and gender
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*Legitimacy
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*Parents’ names, their residence and/or place of origin
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*Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''
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*Date and place of death or burial
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*Name, age, and gender of deceased
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*Legitimacy of deceased
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*Civil status of deceased
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*Name of spouse, if married
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*Sometimes, parent’s name if deceased is a minor
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*Sometimes, a note regarding a testament (will)
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*Burial information
  
*Date and place of the event
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== How to Use the Records  ==
*Names of the bride and groom
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===Search the Collection===
*Civil status (widowed, single, divorce) of bride and groom at time of the event
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'''To browse the collection by image''': <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.
*Place of origin and/or residence of bride and groom
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*Names of parents
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*Names of witnesses
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records are:'''
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Search the collection by image 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.
  
*Place and date of death
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'''When searching''':<br>
*Name of the deceased
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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.
*Civil status of deceased person at time of death
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*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
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*Cause of death
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*Sometimes parent’s names and that of children if any left behind
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*Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
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*Place of burial (cemetery)
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== How to Use the&nbsp;Records  ==
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=== For Help Reading These 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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These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:  
 
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*[[Portuguese Genealogical Word List]]
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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*[[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide]]
 
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*Learning Center Resources:
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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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-1-portuguese-letters/213 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 1]
 
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-2-dates-words-and-names/215 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 2]
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-portuguese-records/216 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 3]
 
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*Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
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*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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'''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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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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[[Viana_do_Castelo#Maps|Maps of Viana do Castelo]]
*[http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/country/dpt.html Dioceses of Portugal]  
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*[http://www.ecclesia.pt/anuario/ Anuario Católico – Lista das paróquias]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Portugal Catholic Church Records]]  
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*[[Portugal]]
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*[[Viana do Castelo]]
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*[[Portugal Catholic Church Records]]
  
 
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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.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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===== Citation Examples for Records Found in FamilySearch Historical Collections  =====
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*"Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
  
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
  
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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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 FamilySearch 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 to 1909. It includes baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials. 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911.

Record Content

Baptism 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 and 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 or burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death or 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

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒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.

Search the collection by image 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.

When searching:
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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Viana do Castelo items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Viana do Castelo items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Portugal Archives and Libraries.

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.

Related Websites

Maps of Viana do Castelo

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

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

Image citation:

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