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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viseu, Portugal.

Record Description

This collection of church records includes the years 1523-1989. 

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Viseu, Portugal. These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers appear to have some physical damage; 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 text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style; 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 jurisdiction.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Viseu, 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 this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Viseu District Archives.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's birth date, time and place of birth
  • Parents' names, civil status and origin
  • Godparents’ names and their civil status

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's occupation, civil status, residence and origin
  • Names of groom's parents, their civil status and residence
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's occupation, civil status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses, their occupation, civil status and residence

These death/burial usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Civil status, residence and origin of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Parents' names and their origin
  • Sometimes, a note regarding a testament (will)
  • 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 "Nome do distrito" category
⇒ Select the "Nome do município" category
⇒ Select the "Nome da freguesia" category
⇒ Select the "Nome da 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org https : accessed 14 June 2012), Guarda > Guarda > Vela > Nossa Senhora de Graca > Batismos 1869-1877 > Image 4 of 86; Domingo Gomes, born 14 January 1869; citing Catholic parishes. Portugal, Viseu, Catholic church records. Viseu District Archives, Portugal.


 

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