Alfândega da Fé, Bragança, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Alfândega da Fé.

History[edit | edit source]

  • The first foral (a type of city charter) was issued in about 1294 by King Dinis of Portugal.
  • The municipality has an origin that comes from Moorish influences and Christian faith. Alfandagh, the Arabic term for this region, means hospice, castle or frontier, or literally "a place of calm hospitality populated by peaceful or hard-working peoples."
  • There are suggestions that the settlement was the seat of an ancient order that pre-dated the Templars. It was referred to as the Ordem dos Cavaleiros das Esporas Douradas (In Portuguese: Order of the Knights of the Golden Spurs).
  • The population of Alfândega da Fé was roughly 5,100 people in 2011. [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 Bragança Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

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

Conservatória do Reg. Civil Predial Cartório Notarial de Alfând. da Fé
Pç. Município 134 Alfând Fé
5350-017 Alfândega da Fé
PORTUGAL
Phone: 279462250
Email: crcpncom.alfandega-fe@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 Bragança 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.

Cemitério de Vila da Nova Canindé
Vila Nova, Alfândega da Fé Municipality, Bragança
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Viseu Portugal Family History Center
Rua Cândido dos Reis 81
VISEU 3510-056
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-32425559
Email: PT_Viseu@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Viseu Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Alfândega da Fé." In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfândega_da_Fé. Visited 11 August 2017.