Mesão Frio, Vila Real, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Mesão Frio is a municipality in the district of Vila Real, in Portugal.
  • Dating back to the Roman era Mesão Frio was an early shelter on the Roman roadway.
  • The area was occupied by Subei, Visigoths and Arabs before the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal.
  • The name Mesão Frio took on variations such as: Meijon Frio, Meijó Frio,Mey Johan Frio, Meyon Frio, Meyão Frio and Mezam Frio to it's present name.
  • In February 1152, Afonso Henriques allocated the first foral which was later confirmed by Afonso II, 15 October 1217. King Manuel I of Portugal renovated the foral in 1513.
  • In 1808, French troops of French General Loison were responsible for fires and destruction in the region.
  • Mesão Frio is divided into 5 civil parishes.
  • The population of Mesão Frio is roughly 4,500 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 Vila Real Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of civil registration offices within the municipality.

Conservatória dos Registos Civil e Predial de Mesão Frio
Av. Cons. José M Alpoim Mesão Frio
5040-310 Mesão Frio
PORTUGAL
Phone: 254891488
Email: crcpcom.mesao-frio@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 Vila Real 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]

Viseu Portugal Family History Center
Rua Cândido dos Reis 81
VISEU 3510-056
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-32425559
Email: PT_Viseu@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Viseu Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Mesão Frio," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes%C3%A3o_Frio. Visited 15 September 2017.