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Access the records: Portugal, Vila Real,Diocesan Records 1575-1992 and Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941.
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NOTE: The images for the Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975 collection are available online.
Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Diocese da Vila Real, Portugal.
This article covers the church records for Vila Real that were published in two separate collections; one collection under Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real Catholic Church Records for 1575-1975, housed at the Diocesan Archive and the collection Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records for 1533-1941, housed at the District Archive of Vila Real. These are records of marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the Diocese of Vila Real, Portugal. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style and newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.
Parish priests performed the ordinances for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, and the other holy sacraments in the jurisdiction of their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive under the custody of the priest. However, a duplicate of these registers was regularly sent to the diocesan archive where the records were centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation.
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances performed on parishioners by an authorized priest in his area of
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Vila Real, Portugal, before 1911, when the civil registration was implemented. For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's name and age
- Groom's birth date and place of birth
- Groom's baptismal date and place of baptism
- Groom's civil status and residence
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's name and age
- Bride's birth date and place of birth
- Bride's baptismal date and place of baptism
- Bride's civil status and residence
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of witnesses
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Civil status and origin of deceased
- Spouse's name, if married
- Parents' names, if deceased is a minor
- 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.
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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, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941
- Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records, 1575-1992
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Catholic Diocese of Vila Real.
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