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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Matosinhos is a city and a municipality in the northern Porto district of Portugal.
  • This settlement extends back 5000 years during the Neolithic era through the Iron Age and the Roman Empire.
  • In the 12th century when Portugal was established, this territory had already existed for a time, Vila de matesinum.
  • One of the first official records referring to Matusiny dates from 1258, the results of Afonso III.
  • Matosinhos was a humble location and part of the parish of Sandim.
  • In the 16th century, Matosinhos received a foral attributed to King D. Manuel I in 1514, which made it assume an important position as an agro-producer and seat of many property-owners.
  • Matosinhos has 4 parishes.
  • The population of Matosinhos is roughly 175,500 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 Matosinhos
R. Alfredo Cunha 264, 2º – D
4450-021 Matosinhos
PORTUGAL
Phone: 229381324
Fax: 229385546
Email: crc.matosinhos@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

References[edit | edit source]

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