Portugal Civil Registration

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In 1910 a revolution of the people rejected the royal family, abolished all titles of the nobility, wrote a constitution, and passed new laws. One of the new laws required citizens to report all births, marriages and deaths to the local Civil Register (Registro Civil).

Birth records will provide:

    • given name of the child
    • gender
    • legitimacy or otherwise
    • date of birth
    • date of christening
    • if this is the first child in that family to be given that name
    • names of the father and mother
    • birthplace of each parent
    • names and birthplaces of the paternal and maternal grandparents
    • names of godparents
    • names of witnesses
    • name of the priest that performed the christening

Marriage records will provide:

    • names of the bride and groom
    • marital status of the bride and groom
    • if previously married the name or names of the previous spouses
    • birthplaces of the bride and groom
    • ages of the bride and groom
    • names of the parents of the bride and groom
    • birthplace of each parent
    • names of the witnesses name of the priest performing the wedding ceremony