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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Vila Real, is a municipality and the capital and largest city of Vila Real District in Portugal.
  • Traces of the paleolithic era are evidence in the area, as is a Roman presence.
  • Vila Real was founded in 1289 by King Denis of Portugal. Vila Real means Royal Town.
  • Many members of the royal family were house here in the Middle Ages than any other settlement in Portugal except for Lisbon.
  • The city status was gained in 1925 under the Portuguese Republic.
  • Vila Real is divided into 20 civil parishes.
  • The population of Vila Real, is roughly 51,900 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]

The following is a list of civil registration offices within the municipality.

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Vila Real
R. Mar. Teixeira Rebelo Lt. 8
5000-525 Vila Real
PORTUGAL
Phone: 259321003
Email: crc.vilareal@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 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.

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Vila Real,," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Real. Visited 18 September 2017.