Torres Novas, Santarém, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Torres Novas is a municipality in the District of Santarém in Portugal.
  • Torres Novas was settled as early as the Paelothic era.
  • Following the 12th century the territory was known as Turris began to develop into its actural limits, with the expulsion of the Moors by 1148.
  • The municipality was issued the foral on 1 October 1190 by King Sancho.
  • In 1304 the lands of Torres Novas passed into the possessions of Queen Leonor of Aragon.
  • Isabel of Avis was the donatário at the first half of the 15th century, receiving a new foral, during the reign of Manuel I of Portugal in 1510.
  • Torres Novas is divided into 10 civil parishes.
  • The population of Torres Novas is roughly 36,700 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 Santarém 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 Torres Novas
R. 25 Abril Pal
2350-774 Torres Novas
PORTUGAL
Phone: 249812719
Email: crc.torres-novas@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 Santarém 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]

Leiria Portugal Family History Center
Rua Henrique Sommer 24
LEIRIA 2410-107
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 44-823-617
Email: PT_Leiria@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Leiria Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Torres Novas," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torres_Novas. Visited 31 August 2017.