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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Lamego alternated between peace and war in the years following 569 as the Christians and Muslems fought for the Territory during the Reconqusta.
  • Ferdinand I of Leon and Castle conquered the region on 29 November 1057 and the fighting stopped.
  • It was then the Bishopric was restored in 1071.
  • The most significnt time in the towns history was in 1139 when the Nobles declared Alfonso Heniques to be the King of Portugal.
  • Manuel I of Portugal issued a foral (charter) in 1514.
  • In the 16th century, Manuel de Noronha (one of the more notable prelates of Lamego) was appointed the Bishop of Lamego. He was Bishop for the next 18 years and referred to the "great builder", responsible for the cult of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Our Lady of Remedies).
  • In the 17th and 18th century, the solares (country estates) were slowly constructed in Lamego, resulting from the wine commerce down the Douro.
  • In 1835, Lamego was the capital of the district, but lost this title to Viseu in December 1835, under the authority of the King's Minister Luís Mouzinho de Albuquerque.
  • In 1919, in an attempt to restore the monarchy, Lamego became the capital of the district for 24 days.
  • During the second half of the 19th century, Lamego begins a process of modernization with the construction of new avenues.[3]
  • The population of Lanego is roughly 26,691 people.
  • The area is 165.42km (6387 square miles).[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 Viseu 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 Lamego
Lg. Dr. João Almeida Pal Serpas
5100-095 Lamego
Phone: 254609220

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 Viseu 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.

Cemiterio Cepoes
Cepoes, Lamego Municipality, Viseu
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Viseu Portugal Family History Center
Rua Cândido dos Reis 81
VISEU 3510-056
Phone: +351 351-32425559
Website: Viseu Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Lamego," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Visited 15 September 2017.