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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Population about 36,000.
  • Founded in 1400's.
  • By 1534 it became a city.
  • Seat of the Diocese of the Catholic church for the Azores.
  • Had an important role in trans-Atlantic shipping.
  • Cantos were a very important family in the Azores.
  • In July of 1581 the Battle of Salga took place, many places were sacked by Castillians (Spaniards), however, Azores was victorious.
  • Battle of Ponta Delgada was also fought here in July 1582, and Battle of Terciera in August of 1583.
  • Anglo-Spanish war was fought from 1585-1604.
  • Played a role in the exile of King Afonso VI during the Portuguese Restoration War.
  • The liberal wars were fought in the 1800's.
  • Major earthquake hit the 1 January 1980 damaged the city center.
  • Has 19 civil parishes.[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 Azores 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 Angra do Heroísmo
Pç. Cavaleiro Ferreira
9701-867 Angra do Heroísmo
PORTUGAL
Phone: 295213898
Email: crcangra@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 Azores 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.

Cemitério Público da Feteira
Feteira, Angra do Heroísmo Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Igreja Paroquial Divino Espírito Santo
Feteira, Angra do Heroísmo Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Sao Mateus Praia Cemetery
Sao Mateus, Angra do Heroísmo Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Angra do Heroismo Portugal Family History Center
Rua Prof Augusto Monjardino 45
ANGRA DO HEROISMO 9700-020
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 295-217-651
Email: PT_AngraDoHeroismo@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Angra do Heroismo Portugal Family History Center

Ponta Delgada Portugal Family History Center
Avenida Antero de Quental 43
PONTA DELGADA 9500-160
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 962-6409
Email: PT_PontaDelgada@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Ponta Delgada Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Angra do Heroísmo," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angra_do_Hero%C3%ADsmo. Visited 2 February 2018.