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

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Portalegre, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1859-1911
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Portalegre, Portugal
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Portalegre District Archives


Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 1859 to 1911. This is a collection of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from parishes in the District of Portalegre. The records published in this collection were handwritten in Portuguese. while the parishes were under Portuguese rule.

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.

Collection Contents

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Father name, occupation and origin
  • Mother's maiden name and origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents, their civil status and occupation
  • Sometimes, a spouse's name appears in the margin
  • Sometimes, a death date appears in the margin

Marriage records may contain the following information:

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

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Marital status, occupation and origin of deceased
  • Parents' names and their origin if deceased is a minor child
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, a note if there is a testament (will)
  • Burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search this collection by name:'
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor 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:

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing 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, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Arquivo Distrital de Portalegre [Portalegre District Archives].

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911.