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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Esposende is a city and a municipality in Braga District in Portugal.
  • 2 July 1993 it gained city status.
  • Population records started being recorded in 1801.
  • Esposende has 9 civil parishes.
  • The population of Esposende is roughly 56,100 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 Braga 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 Esposende
Av. Marginal Pal Justiça
4740-204 Esposende
PORTUGAL
Phone: 253962502
Email: crc.esposende@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 Braga 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]

Povoa do Varzim Portugal Family History Center
Rua Bocal da Gândara 700
POVOA DE VARZIM 4490-557
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-252626072
Email: PT_PovoaDoVarzim@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Povoa do Varzim Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Esposende," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esposende. Visited 9 August 2017.