Vila do Conde, Porto, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Vila do Conde is a municipality in the District of Porto in Portugal.
  • Vila do Conde is one of the oldest settlements in northern Portugal.
  • Paleolithic artifacts have been discovered in sites in the parishes, dating from 100,00 to 15,00 years.
  • In other parishes discoveries have been made linking to the Bronze Age and Neolithic periods.
  • Vila do Conde dates its origins back to the founding of the Portuguese territory, 953.
  • In 1200 Sancho of Portugal is linked to the founding of this settlement.
  • Roman occupation of the region continue to be discovered, and throughout the municipality several digs are going on.
  • In the 19th century, French troops were responsible for the destruction and pillaging of many infrastructures and deaths.
  • In 1997, the urbanized area was elevated to the status of city.
  • Vila do Conde is divided into 21 parishes.
  • The population of Vila do Conde is roughly 79,500 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 do Conde
Pç. Luís Camões 9, 2º Vila Conde
4480-719 Vila do Conde
PORTUGAL
Phone: 252632079
Fax: 252645708
Email: crc.vconde@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.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Povoa do Varzim Portugal Family History Center
Rua Bocal da Gândara 700
POVOA DE VARZIM 4490-557
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-252626072
Email: PT_PovoaDoVarzim@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Povoa do Varzim Portugal Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Vila do Conde," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_do_Conde. Visited 30 August 2017.