Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911 .
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Aveiro, Portugal
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Location of Aveiro, Portugal
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1550-1911
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica na Diocese de Aveiro, Portugal
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Related Websites
Aveiro District Archives

What is in the Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church parish records from Aveiro covers the years 1550 to 1911.

This is a collection of digital copies of baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Aveiro District Archives in Portugal. Most of the records are handwritten in narrative style; only in later years do the records appear handwritten in formatted registers. These records are written in Portuguese and can help you with your genealogy.

Parish priests performed the ordinances for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, and 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.

These Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, and burial, and other ordinances that were performed by the authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Aveiro, 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church collection can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a FamilySearch Center near you, or the Family History Library.

Collection Content

Baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Name of the person baptized
  • Gender and date of birth or age
  • If legitimate or illegitimate
  • Parents’ names and residence or places of origin
  • Names of the paternal and maternal grandparents
  • Names of the godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the groom's parents
  • Names of the bride's parents
  • Names of the witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Marital status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of the spouse, if married
  • Parents' names and their place of origin
  • Burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

This section provides information on how to search the collection, what to do with information once found, some tips on how to find records, and what to do if no record is found.

Searching the Collection

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒ 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.

Search the collection by image 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.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s first name, some identifying information such as residence or age, or family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your relative and that your relative may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

What Do I Do Next?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.).

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Aveiro items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Aveiro items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Portugal Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Aveiro District Archives.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911.

Known Issues with This Collection

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