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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Maia is a municipality in the Porto Metropolitan Area, Grande Porto subregion, in Norte Region, Portugal.
  • Human occupation of the municipality dates from the Paleolithic era. Much has been found from the Iron age and the Roman era.
  • The lands of Maia were given to D. Dinis the infant son of King Pedro I of Portugal in 1360.
  • The history of this municipality is closely linked to the founding of the Portuguese nation. Some stating that the Prince Afonso Henriques had been educated here, next to the family of Mendes da Maia.
  • At the beginning of the 16th century, the King Manuel I of Portugal granted the charter.
  • In 1836 administrative reforms were initiated, Maia became a separate municipality.
  • The municipality became extinct and it was not until 1868 that it was restored as a municipality.
  • Maia is divided into 10 civil parishes.
  • The population of Maia is roughly 135,300 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 Porto 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 Maia
R. Dr. Augusto Martins 33, 1º – s 6
4470-146 Maia
PORTUGAL
Phone: 229439800
Email: crc.maia@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 Porto 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]

Foz Portugal Family History Center
Av Marechal Gomes da Costa 774
FOZ DO DOURO 4150-355
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 122-617-2850
Email: PT_Foz@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Foz Portugal Family History Center


Porto Portugal Family History Center
Rua Agostinho de Campos 166
PORTO 4200-016
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-2520748
Email: PT_Porto@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Porto Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Maia, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maia,_Portugal. Visited 28 August 2017.