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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Amarante is a municipality and municipal seat in the northern Portugese district of Porto.
  • The origin's of Amarante are thought to be of the Stone Age and extending to the Bronze Age and later the Romanization of the Iberian peninsula.
  • Gonçalo, (1187-1259) a Dominican friar settled in the area following a pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem, was instrumental in the development of the area.
  • The area suffered from the French invasion during the Peninsular War. Many parts of this area were destroyed in this war.
  • The municipality of Amarante, administratively, was part of the Minho Province, and abutted the municipalities of Celorico de Basto, Gestaço, Gouveia and Santa Cruz de Riba Tâmega.
  • During the 19th century, the municipalities of Gouveia, Gestaço and Santa Cruz de Ribatâmega were extinguished, and many of the local parishes were absorbed into the Amarante.
  • Amarante has 26 civil parishes
  • The population of Amarante is roughly 56,300 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 Porto 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 Amarante
R. Sebastião
4600-101 Amarante
PORTUGAL
Phone: 255420570
Email: crc.amarante@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 Porto 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.

Convento de Sao Goncalo
Amarante, Amarante Municipality, Porto
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Braga Portugal Family History Center
Rua Luís António Correia 120
BRAGA 4715-310
PORTUGAL
Email: PT_Braga@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Braga Portugal Family History Center

Porto Portugal Family History Center
Rua Agostinho de Campos 166
PORTO 4200-016
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-2520748
Email: PT_Porto@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Porto Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Amarante, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarante,_Portugal. Visited 28 August 2017.