Fundão, Castelo Branco, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • the place was already mentioned in documents from 1307.
  • was proclaimed a city in 1580 by its notables.
  • Under the Enlightenment of the late 18th century legal restraints on the New Christians were legally restrained and their rights abolished.
  • The city decayed again after its sack during the (defeated) Napoleonic French invasions of Portugal, and the following Civil War between supporters of the Liberal Constitutionalist D. Pedro and his brother Conservative Absolutist D. Miguel for the throne.
  • The population of Fundão is roughly 30,000 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 Castelo Branco 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
Pç. Município
6230-338 Fundão
PORTUGAL
Phone: 275753156
Email: crc.fundao@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 Castelo Branco 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.

Souto da Casa
Souto da Casa, Fundão Municipality, Castelo Branco
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Castelo Branco Portugal Family History Center
Rua Senhora da Piedade Lote 2, Res-do-Chão Esquerdo
CASTELO BRANCO 6000-279
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 272 326 891
Email: PT_CasteloBranco@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Castelo Branco Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Fundão, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundão_Portugal Visited 08/11/2017.