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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Penafiel is a municipality and former bishopric in the northern Portuguese district of Porto.
  • The region has been occupied since pre-history, as evidenced by the proliferation of megalithic monuments, stone settlements and castros.
  • The Romans occupied the land and moved the hill forts down from the hilltops.
  • Other influences in the municipality were from the Visigoths and Moors.
  • The area was known as Arrifana de Sousa. Legend by King John V by decree on 7 October.
  • During the regin of King Joseph, the place name was officially changed to Penafiel and the status of city was conferred, 3 March 1770.
  • Penafiel has 28 civil parishes.
  • The population of Penafiel is roughly 72,300 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 Penafiel
Av. Egas Moniz
4560-546 Penafiel
PORTUGAL
Phone: 255213014
Fax: 255712610
Email: crc.penafiel@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]

Povoa do Varzim Portugal Family History Center
Rua Bocal da Gândara 700
POVOA DE VARZIM 4490-557
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-252626072
Email: PT_PovoaDoVarzim@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Povoa do Varzim 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, "Penafiel," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penafiel. Visited 29 August 2017.