Valpaços, Vila Real, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Valpaços is a municipality in Vila Real in Portugal.
  • Valpaços dates back to the 12th century and evolved from pre-national settlements.
  • In the 19th century it had roots with the Roman period and was influenced by Germanic settlers before Portugal became a kingdom.
  • Valpaços is divided into 25 civil parishes.
  • The population of Valpaços is roughly 16,900 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 Vila Real Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

There are no known civil registration offices within the municipality of Valpaços. Contact a civil registration office in a nearby municipality to find out if they have the records for Valpaços.

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 Vila Real 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 de Lebução
Lebueao, Valpaços Municipality, Vila Real
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Braga Portugal Family History Center
Rua Luís António Correia 120
BRAGA 4715-310
PORTUGAL
Email: PT_Braga@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Braga Portugal Family History Center


Porto Portugal Family History Center
Rua Agostinho de Campos 166
PORTO 4200-016
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-2520748
Email: PT_Porto@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Porto Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Valpaços," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valpa%C3%A7os. Visited 18 September 2017.