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Collection years: 1696-1975
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Title in the Language of the Record[edit | edit source]

Portugal, Distrito de Viana do Castelo, Registros Municipais, 1696-1975

Record Description[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous records from municipal archives in the District of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. This collection includes civil registration birth, marriage, and death records, military and electoral censuses, passports, testaments and other records. The collection includes town records from Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo from 1696 to 1968, and town records the arquivo municipal de Monção, Viana do Castelo from 1713 to 1940. The collection also includes miscellaneous records from 1680 to 1975. The text of these records is in Portuguese.

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

Record Content[edit | edit source]

[Images should be in this section]

Testament records may contain the following information:

  • Place of residence
  • Marital status of ancestor
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of children
  • Names of other relations

Military census records may contain the following information:

  • Profession or position
  • Date of birth
  • Place of residence
  • Previous residence

"'Voter census records"' may contain the following information:

  • Age
  • Place of residence
  • Profession or job

"'Passport records"' may contain the following information: (LOOK At DGS 101685092 00031 for good example

  • Date of passport application
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Place of residence
  • Age of applicant
  • Physical description of applicant

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

This section provides information on how to search the collection, what to do with information once found and some tips on how to find records.

When searching:

As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, profession, and family relationships.

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To browse by image:

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:

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

⇒Select the "Municipality" category

⇒Select the “Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by 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.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the soldier's age and location of the military unit to find his family in census, church, and land records.
  • Use any relationships provided in the will to reconstruct the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Portuguese Roots Database

Portugal Maps

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Viano do Castelo Genealogy

Portugal Genealogy

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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