Santa Cruz, Madeira Islands, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • First settled between 1425 and 1440.
  • Became a municipality in 1515.
  • There are 5 Parishes in Santa Cruz.
  • The population of Santa Cruz, Madeira Islands is roughly 43,500 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 Madeira Islands 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 Santa Cruz
R. Fonte St. Cruz
9100-160 Santa Cruz
PORTUGAL
Phone: 291522185
Fax: 291524092
Email: crcpcom.santa-cruz@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 Madeira Islands 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.

Igreja de Santa Maria de Santa Cruz
Paróquia De Santa Cruz
Rua Bom Jesus
Santa Cruz, Ilha Da Madeira
9100 PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Funchal Portugal Family History Center
Rua Tenente Coronel Sarmento 25
FUNCHAL 9000-020
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 912-368-60
Email: PT_Funchal@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Funchal Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Santa Cruz, Madeira," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, [1]. Visited [1/23/2018].