Abrantes, Santarém, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Abrantes is a municipality in the District of Santarém in the central Médio Tejo sub-region of Portugal.
  • It is believed that the Celts established the first settlement in Abrantes around 300 BC.
  • The Village of Abrantes and the castle were taken from the Moors by Afonso I of Portugal in 1148. After which in 1172 it became a military outpost under the Order of Saint James of Compostela.
  • Abrantes received it's municipal foral in 1179.
  • King Dinis of Portugal, conceded ownership of Abrantes to Queen Elizabeth of Portugal 24 April 1281.
  • In 1510 King Manuel conceded a new foral to the town. His children the infantes Fernando and Luis were born in Abrantes.
  • 24 November 1807, the village of Abrantes was captures and used as a base for the French forces.
  • 22 August 1808, in the Convention of Cintra, the town was returned to the Portuguese.
  • As an active republican center, Abrantes was the place of preparatory meetings for the 1910 Revolution, which may have contributed to the elevation to status of City in June of 1916.
  • Abrantes is divided into 13 civil parishes.
  • The population of Abrantes is roughly 39,300 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 Santarém 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 Abrantes
Espl. Dr. António S Martins
2200-320 Abrantes
PORTUGAL
Phone: 241362403
Email: crc.abrantes@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 Santarém 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


Castelo Branco Portugal Family History Center
Rua Senhora da Piedade Lote 2, Res-do-Chão Esquerdo
CASTELO BRANCO 6000-279
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 272 326 891
Email: PT_CasteloBranco@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Castelo Branco Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Abrantes," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrantes. Visited 30 August 2017.