Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Guarda, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa.

History[edit | edit source]

  • In 1299 received it's first charter.
  • renewed charter in 1514.
  • occupied by the Romans, Visigoths and Arabs.
  • In the census of 1527 there were 52 inhabitants.
  • The population of Vila Nova de Foz Côa is roughly 3500 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 Guarda 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 Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Pç. Município Vila N F Côa
5150-642 Vila Nova de Foz Côa
PORTUGAL
Phone: 279762305
Email: crcpcom.vilanova-fozcoa@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 Guarda 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]

Viseu Portugal Family History Center
Rua Cândido dos Reis 81
VISEU 3510-056
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-32425559
Email: PT_Viseu@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Viseu Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Vila Nova de Foz Côa," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Nova_de_Foz_C%C3%B4a. Visited 8/16/2017.