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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Ourém is a municipality in the District of Santarém in Portugal.
  • In 1136 the area was reconquered by Christians from the Muslim domination and the town was donated in 1178 by the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques to his third daughter Princess Theresa.
  • Princess Theresa granted feudal rights in 1180 to promote the settlement and development of the village.
  • The village, under the Muslims was called Abdegas. During the time of the Reconquista in the 12th century it was called Portus de Auren, from which the name Ourém was derived.
  • The town declined in the 15th century and the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon damaged the area.
  • Ourém was elevated to the status of a city 16 August 1991, before then it was known as Vila Nova de Ourém.
  • Ourém is divided into 13 civil parishes.
  • The population of Ourém is roughly 46,000 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 Santarém 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 Ourém
Av. D. Nuno A Pereira
A2490-000 Ourém
PORTUGAL
Phone: 249542177
Fax: 249544356
Email: crc.ourem@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 Santarém 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.

Basilica of Our Lady in Fatima
Fatima, Ourém Municipality, Santarém
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima, Ourém Municipality, Santarém
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério Vila Nova de Ourém
Ourem, Ourém Municipality, Santarém
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Leiria Portugal Family History Center
Rua Henrique Sommer 24
LEIRIA 2410-107
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 44-823-617
Email: PT_Leiria@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Leiria Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Ourém," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our%C3%A9m. Visited 31 August 2017.