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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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.
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Citations for This Collection
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- Catholic parishes. Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church records. Viana do Castelo District Archive, Portugal.
Record ContentThe key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of child
- Date of birth and gender
- Parents’ names, their residence and/or place of origin
- Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Civil status (widowed, single, divorce) 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
- 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 parent’s names and that of children if any left behind
- Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
- Place of burial (cemetery)
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Distrito" category
⇒ Select the "Município" category
⇒ Select the "Freguesia" category
⇒ Select the "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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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&wc=14052895: accessed 2 July, 2012), Viana do Castelo > Viana do Castelo > Vila Fria > São Martinho > Óbitos 1765-1863 > image 133 of 146 images, João Rodrigues, 1883; citing Vila Fria, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
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