Miranda do Corvo, Coimbra, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Miranda do Corvo.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Miranda do Corvo is a town and municipality in the Portuguese district of Coimbra.
  • The end of the 10th century is the first reference to the region of Miranda do Corvo.
  • Archaeological evidences to a human settlement extend further back in history.
  • A 10th century document references that these lands were associated with the Monsatery of Lorvão in 998 and identifies it as a military structure.
  • In 1116, the region was attacked by Almoravid raiders, but held back in Coimbra.
  • In the 12th century the castle of Miranda do Corvo was destroyed.
  • In 1136 Miranda's first Foral was received from D. Afonso Henriques and confirmed by King D. Afonso II.
  • French forces during the Peninsular Wars, in 1811 caused the death of many, with destruction of property and epidemics following the battle in many of the parishes.
  • Miranda do Corvo has 4 civil parishes.
  • The population of Miranda do Corvo is roughly 13,100 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 Coimbra 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 Miranda do Corvo
Pcta. Luís Camões Miranda Corvo
3220-208 Miranda do Corvo
Phone: 239533014
Fax: 239530140
Email: crcpcom.miranda-corvo@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 Coimbra 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]

Coimbra Portugal Family History Center
Rua Penedo da Saudade 20
COIMBRA 3000-331
Phone: +351 351-39-718437
Email: PT_Coimbra@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Coimbra Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Miranda do Corvo," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_do_Corvo. Visited 15 August 2017.