Portugal, Aveiro Testament Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Testamentos de Aveiro, Portugal

Record Description

This collection of testaments (notary public wills) includes the years 1900-1936.

These records contain a collection of testaments created in the presence of notaries and housed at the Aveiro District Archive (Archivo Distrital de Aveiro). Additional images will be published as they become available. Testaments were handwritten in Portuguese and in narrative style of 2 or more pages.

A testament is a document that sets forth a person's wishes for the disposition of their property after death. Testaments (wills) in Portugal are written and kept by a notary public. A person wanting to leave a will after death goes to a notary public anywhere in Portugal and, after presenting legal identification, can start composing his will with the help of the notary public. The notary agency keeps the original document and a copy is given to the testator. The testator may also register a will in the Conservatória dos Registros Centrais (Central Conservatory of Records) in Lisbon. This entity keeps an index of registered wills and the place where it was written and kept. 

Generally, people that have any assets, fortune, or property want to divide the fortune among family members, make donations to institutions, etc. in writing.

The genealogical data entered in a will is that of the testator, the dividing of goods, and the heirs. The information written by the notary public depends on the knowledge of the testator. This information may be correct as it may have some errors if the person was relying on memory.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Portugal court clerks. Portugal, Aveiro, testaments. Aveiro District Archives, Portugal.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These testaments (wills) may include the following information:

  • Name of testator
  • Age or date of birth
  • Place of residence and sometimes place of origin
  • Date and place where will was filed
  • Spouse’s name and age or birth date
  • Names of heirs and their ages or birth date and place of residence
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Distrito" category
⇒ Select the "Município" category
⇒ Select the "Notário e anos de serviço" category
⇒ Select the "Número de tomo e anos" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one 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.

Testaments were created in chronological order in a book kept by the notary public. If you have an approximate date of death of your ancestor, you may search the wills by date. Information in wills can help to find out the type of life or type of individual the ancestor was, can also give information not found in other records.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Portugal, Aveiro, Testaments, 1900-1936,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22387-17932-51?cc=1928598&wc=MMV9-KMW:1631393534: accessed 2 July, 2012), Aveiro > Aveiro > Bernardo Faria Magalhães (1900-1904) > Tomo 002, 1900-1904 > image 107 of 208 images, Joanna de Jesus, 1901; citing Aveiro testaments, Portugal.