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Braga, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Wills
Collection years: 1612-1850
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Portugal, Braga, Testamentos, 1612-1850
FamilySearch Resources
Archive
Arquivo Distrital de Braga at the Universidade do Minho (Braga University Archives)


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of notary public wills includes the years 1612 to 1850. The wills are associated with donations to the Catholic Church in the district of Braga. These records are housed at the Arquivo Distrital de Braga at the Universidade do Minho.

A testament is a document that sets forth a person's wishes for the disposition of their property after death. Testaments (wills) in Portugal are written and kept by a notary public. A person wanting to leave a will after death goes to a notary public anywhere in Portugal and, after presenting legal identification, can start composing his will with the help of the notary public. The notary agency keeps the original document and a copy is given to the testator. The testator may also register a will in the Conservatória dos Registros Centrais (Central Conservatory of Records) in Lisbon. This entity keeps an index of registered wills and the place where it was written and kept.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

Example: These records are in Portuguese. For assistance with the language, see the section For Help Reading These Records.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Testaments (wills) usually contain the following information:

  • Name of notary public
  • Date and place issued
  • Name of testator
  • Place of residence and sometimes place of origin
  • Age or date of birth
  • Spouse’s name and age or birth date
  • Names of heirs and their ages or birth date and place of residence

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the deceased
  • Approximate year of death

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For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

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