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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Óbidos.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Early Roman Settlement.
  • Obidos has been inhabited since paleolithic times.
  • Celt tribes constructed the settlement.
  • It was the Phoenicians center of trade.
  • Visigoths took over after the fall of Rome.
  • The moors established a fortification after 713.
  • In 1148 the first king of Portugal took it from the Moors.
  • In 1195 it received it first foral(Charter).
  • Commonly visited by Queens and consorts as a resort town.
  • In 1513 a formal charter was given.
  • Earthquake in 1755 damaged many buildings.
  • Battle of Rolica was fought here during the Peninsular war.
  • Carnation revolution in 1974 occurred here.
  • The population of Óbidos is roughly 12000 people.[1]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

After 100 years, all civil registration records are sent to the municipality's district office.

To view online civil registration records, visit Leiria Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of civil registration offices within the municipality.

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Óbidos
Lg. São João Deus Óbidos
2510-216 Óbidos
PORTUGAL
Phone: 262959617
Email: crcpcom.obidos@dgrn.mj.pt

Communicate your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing a letter or email in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Catholic Parishes[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

In 1910, the Portuguese government transferred all birth, marriage, and death records from all the country's parishes to the district offices. These records are now in either District or National archives. Many of these records have been digitized and can be viewed at the District Archive's website or on FamilySearch.

To view online records, visit Leiria Church Records.

Contact a Parish[edit | edit source]

If you are seeking church records created more recently than 1910, it is possible to obtain them by writing to the parish where the record was created. Writing to a parish is not always a reliable way to obtain information, because officials may or may not respond.

Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa lists websites for the 20 Dioceses of Portugal. Once on the Diocesan website, use the listing of parishes (paróquias) to locate contact information for the parish in question.

Communicate your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing a letter or email in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries did not become popular in Portugal until the late nineteenth century. Prior to this, individuals were buried in their parish church cemetery, and their bones were later removed to an unmarked burial place.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Leiria Portugal Family History Center
Rua Henrique Sommer 24
LEIRIA 2410-107
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 44-823-617
Email: PT_Leiria@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Leiria Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Óbidos, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93bidos,_Portugal. Visited 08/18/2017.