Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Vila Nova de Gaia is a city and a municipality in the Porto District in Norte Region, in Portugal.
  • Vila Nova de Gaia existed under the Roman Empire as the city of Cale.
  • Vila Nova de Gaia developed most likely from a pre-existent Celtic Castro or Neolithic settlement.
  • In the 8th century C.E., the Moors invaded the area south of the River Duro causing the Christians to take refuge north of the River.
  • After 1035, with the expulsion of the Muslim populations, the migrants again returned to the old city of Cale or Gaia under the name of Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • Vila Nova de Gaia is divided into 15 civil parishes.
  • The population of Vila Nova de Gaia is roughly 302,300 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 Porto 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 Gaia
R. Cons. Veloso Cruz 801
440-502 Vila Nova de Gaia
PORTUGAL
Phone: 223795370

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Vila Nova de Gaia
R. Cons. Veloso Cruz Pal Justiça
4400-094 Vila Nova de Gaia
PORTUGAL
Phone: 223713976
Fax: 223708773
Email: 2crc.vngaia@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 Porto 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.

Cathedral of Guarda
Guarda, Vila Nova de Gaia Municipality, Porto
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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


Foz Portugal Family History Center
Av Marechal Gomes da Costa 774
FOZ DO DOURO 4150-355
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 122-617-2850
Email: PT_Foz@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Foz Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Vila Nova de Gaia," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Nova_de_Gaia. Visited 30 August 2017.