Portugal, Coimbra Passport Registers and Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Records
Pasaportes de Coimbra, Portugal.
This collection of miscellaneous records covers the years 1835 to 1938.
The records included in this collection are those of passport registers and passport application files, which have been kept at the University of Coimbra Archives. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Most of the documents are handwritten in formatted registers, and a few are in narrative style.
Emigration from Portugal dates from the 15th century, the beginning of Portugal's period of overseas exploration. From the middle of the 19th century to the late 1950s, nearly two million Portuguese left Europe to live in Brazil and the United States.
Passports and citizen cards were necessary to keep a record of the population movement both within the country and to overseas countries.
Emigration records are reliable because people had to present some sort of identification when applying for a passport. These records are important to find the residence and destination of ancestors.
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Passport records usuallly contain the following information:
- Name of principal
- Age and physical description
- Place of origin
- Current residence
- Date passport was issued
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For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
- Portuguese Genealogical Word List
- Portuguese Letter-writing Guide
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Citations for This Collection
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- "Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra.