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

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Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 .
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Braga, Portugal
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Location of Braga, Portugal
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1530-1911
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Arquidiocese de Braga, Portugal
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Arquivo Distrital de Braga

What is in the Collection?

This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1911.

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials from parishes in the in the Diocese of Braga, 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. These records are written in Portuguese. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, but newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911.

Collection Content

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth and gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names, their residence and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses or godparents’ names

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Civil status (widowed, single, divorce) 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

Death or burial records usually contain the following information:

  • 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 parents' names and that of children if any left behind
  • Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
  • Place of burial (cemetery)

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.

TView images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "District" where your relatives lived
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" you should see images of those records.

When searching:
When you have located your relative’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new genealogical details that can lead you to other records about your relatives. Add this new information to your records of each family.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your relative's first name, or some identifying information such as residence and age, and 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.

When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

About the Records

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.

For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Try different 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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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, Braga Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Arquivo Distrital de Braga.

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, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911.

Known Issues with This Collection

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