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Title in the Language of the Records
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viseu, Portugal.
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.
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
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
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 "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.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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- "Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Viseu District Archives.
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