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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Portalegre, Portugal.
This is a collection of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for the year of 1911 from parishes in the District of Portalegre, which is divided into 15 municipalities (municípios):
- Alter do Chão (Vila)
- Arronches (Vila)
- Avis (Vila)
- Campo Maior (Vila)
- Castelo de Vide (Vila)
- Crato (Vila)
- Elvas (Cidade)
- Fronteira (Vila)
- Gavião (Vila)
- Marvão (Vila)
- Monforte (Vila)
- Nisa (Vila)
- Ponte de Sôr (Cidade)
- Portalegre (Cidade)
- Sousel (Vila)
The records were handwritten in Portuguese. Parishes in the District of Portalegre are part of the Portalegre-Castelo Branco Diocese. Each parish priest kept the original register in the parish archive and a duplicate copy was later sent to the Diocesan Archive to keep the records centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation. However, this collection of records is housed at the Portalegre District Archive.
Additional images will be published as they become available.
Citation for This Collection
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- Portugal. Catholic Church parishes in the Diocese of Portalegre. Parish records, 1911. Arquivo Distrital de Portalegre, Portalegre, Portugal.
Record ContentSome key genealogical facts found in baptism records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of child
- Date of birth and gender
- Parents’ names, residence, and/or places of origin
- Names of witnesses or godparents’ names
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) of bride and groom at time of the event
- Place of origin and/or residence of bride and groom
- Names of parents
- Names of witnesses
Some key genealogical facts found in death records are:
- Place and date of death
- Name of the deceased
- Civil status of deceased person at time of death
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
- Cause of death
- Sometimes names of living parents and children
- Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
- Place of burial (cemetery)
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