Benavente, Santarém, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Benavente is a municipality and parish in the District Santarém, in Portugal.
  • In 1218 Benavente recieved it's foral by Sancho I.
  • On the 16 January 1516, King Manuel gave Benavente a new foral.
  • On the 27 April 1909 an earthquake destroyed the town and a new town was built on the east side of the National Road 118, which divides the town's historical centre on the west side.
  • Benavente is divided into 4 civil parishes.
  • The population of Benavente is roughly 29,000 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 Benavente
Av. Dr. Francisco J C Lopes
2130-014 Benavente
PORTUGAL
Phone: 263516061
Fax: 263516063
Email: benavente@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]

Alverca Portugal Family History Center
Rua do Açougue Velho
ALVERCA 2615-025
PORTUGAL
Phone: 351 -219584919
Email: pt_alverca@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Alverca Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Benavente, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benavente,_Portugal. Visited 31 August 2017.