Arcos de Valdevez, Viana do Castelo, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Arcos de Valdevez is a municipality in the district of Viana do Castelo in Portugal along the northern frontier of Portugal and Galicia Spain.
  • The 5th and 3rd millennium BC saw the first settlements in the area of Arcos de Valdevez.
  • In the 10th and 11th centuries several military, social centers and infrastructures were built along the northern positions.
  • In the 12th and 13th centuries a Roman type bridge was built within the municipal limits.
  • By 1515 King Manuel I elevated this "metro-pole" to the status of village.
  • Arcos de Valdevez is divided into 36 civil parishes.
  • The population of Arcos de Valdevez is roughly 22,900 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 Viana do Castelo 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 Arcos de Valdevez
Pç. Municipal Arcos Valdevez
4970-441 Arcos de Valdevez
PORTUGAL
Phone: 258522137
Email: crc.arcos-valdevez@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 Viana do Castelo 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.

Arcos de Valdevez Cemetery
Arcos de Valdevez, Arcos de Valdevez Municipality, Viana do Castelo
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Arcos de Valdevez," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcos_de_Valdevez. Visited 11 September 2017.