User:Rtilley/Sandbox/Portugal, Autonomous Region of Madeira, Passport Application Files, 1872-1975 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records for the years 1872 to 1975 that are housed at the Madeira Regional Archives in Funchal. Migration out of Portugal numbered approximately two million during the period covered by this collection. Passports were needed not only for Portuguese emigrants, but also for migrants that moved between provinces within Portugal. For these two reasons, passport applications are important records when studying family history.

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Record Content[edit | edit source]

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Genealogical materials may contain the following information:

Passport application files may contain the following information:

  • Name of applicant
  • Age of applicant
  • Birthplace of applicant
  • Occupation of applicant
  • Names of applicant’s parents
  • Residence of applicant
  • Photograph of the applicant

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s name.
  • Other identifying information such as residence, birthdate or age, names of other family members and family relationships, and approximated migration year.

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To browse the collection by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page

⇒Select the appropriate "Tipo de registro e anos (Record Type and Years)" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Portuguese. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

  • Learning Center Resources:

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • If the passport application provides a birth town or current residence, search that location’s civil registration or church records to locate a birth or baptism record.
  • If the intended destination is included in the passport application, search that location’s records for more information on your ancestor.
  • Sometimes relatives are mentioned in passport files (especially spouses or parents). If these individuals were previously unknown to you, add them to your family tree.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, evaluate all of the data in the application to decide if the application is for your ancestor.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Madeira items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Madeira items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Portugal Archives and Libraries.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.

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