Sabrosa, Vila Real, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Sabrosa is a municipality in the district of Vila Real in northern Portugal.
  • The history of this region dated back to vestiges of different tribes and groups that lived in the area, to the pre-historic ages.
  • On 6 November 1836 Sabrosa was established as a municipality.
  • Many of the forals were bestowed by heirs of Afonso I of Portugal, and many were established prior to 1143.
  • After the 15th century, records began to become more detailed, identifying the residence of noblemen in the region.
  • Sabrosa is divided into 12 civil parishes.
  • The population of Sabrosa is roughly 6,400 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]

There are no known civil registration offices within the municipality of Sabrosa. Contact a civil registration office in a nearby municipality to find out if they have the records for Sabrosa.

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]

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


Sao Joao Da Madeira Portugal Family History Center
Rua Cristovao Colombo 736
ARRIFANA 3700-462
PORTUGAL
Email: [mailto: pt_saoJoaodaMadeira@familyhistorymail.org pt_saoJoaodaMadeira@familyhistorymail.org]
Website: Sao Joao Da Madeira Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Sabrosa," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrosa. Visited 18 September 2017.