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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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- Catholic parishes. Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church records. Viana do Castelo District Archive, Portugal.
Key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records include:
- 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
Key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:
- 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
Key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records include:
- 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
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“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.