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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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- "Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Viana do Castelo District Archive.
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
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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "District" category
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⇒Select the "Civil Parish" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.
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