Peso da Régua, Vila Real, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Peso da Régua.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Peso da Régua is also known as Régua, is a municipality in the district of Vila Real in northern Portugal.
  • In the early part of the settled history it was inhabited by Roman and barbarian invasions.
  • In the Middle Ages a foral was recieved from King Sancho I, who conferred on the locality of Godim the municipal charter.
  • 3 February 1837 Peso da Régua was elevated to vila, which included the annexed municipality of Godim, and 4 civil parishes, Godim, Loureiro, Fontelas, Moura Morta and Sedielos..
  • 31 December 1859, due to the extinction of the municipalities of Canelas, the parishes of Covelinhas, Vilarinho de Freires and Galafura were added.
  • 11 December 1933, the parish of Vinhos was created from the de-annexed region of Sedielos, resulting in a municipality of eleven parishes along the Douro. In 1976 Canelas was integrated and the municipality grew to 12 parishes.
  • 14 August 1985 Peso da Régua was elevated to a city.
  • Peso da Régua now has 8 civil parishes.
  • The population of Peso da Régua is roughly 17,200 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 do Registo Civil Peso da Régua
Pç. Gen Humberto Delgado Pal Justiça – Peso Régua
5050-242 Peso da Régua
PORTUGAL
Phone: 254312262
Email: crc.peso-regua@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, "Peso da Régua," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peso_da_R%C3%A9gua. Visited 18 September 2017.