Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Cape Verde

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Access the records: Republic of Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 .

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Title in the Language of the Record

República de Cabo Verde, Registros Paroquiais

What is in the Collection?

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and death records from Catholic Church parishes on the islands of Cape Verde and date from 1787-1957 . These records are housed at the Arquivo Nacional de Cabo Verde.

These records are written in Portuguese.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Republic of Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Name of parents
  • Birthdate of child
  • Birthplace of child

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Name of groom
  • Name of bride
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Place of death
  • Date of death

How Do I Search the Collection?

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Island" category
⇒ Select the "Civil Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Tips to Keep in Mind

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 women, burial records may be filed using their maiden name, so they may not be found by searching the married name.

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Citing this Collection

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Collection citation:

"Cape Verde Islands, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Arquivo Nacional de Cabo Verde, República de Cabo Verde (National Archive of Cabo Verde, Republic of Cape Verde).

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 Cape Verde Islands, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957.