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

History

  • Almada is a city and a municipality in Portugal.
  • Almada dates back to the end of the Neolithic period about 5000 years.
  • Muslims constructed a fort at Almada to defend and monitor the entrance to the Tagus River and greatest advances were made with the coming of the Islamic civilization.
  • In 1147 Christian forces of Afonso I with the aid of English Crusaders conquered Almada.
  • Many free Moors and Jews lived alongside these Christians, under the royal protection by Afonso I in 1170.
  • In 1190, King Sancho I granted a foral.
  • In 1171, Miramolim Jacub-Abu-Jassuf, was angry because of the Christian victories and attacked, forcing residents into hiding.
  • 28 October 1186 The Reconquista was successful in driving the Muslims out, the Order of Santiago, a donatorio of Almada, played an important role in the territory.
  • Almada is divided into 5 civil parishes.
  • The population of Almada is roughly 174,000 people.[1]

Civil Registration

Online Records

After 100 years, all civil registration records are sent to the municipality's district office.

To view online civil registration records, visit Setúbal Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office

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

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Almada
Pç. S. João Baptista 6, 1º
2800-199 Almada
PORTUGAL
Phone: 212725710
Email: crc.almada@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

Online Records

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 Setúbal Church Records.

Contact a Parish

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

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

Lisbon 1st Portugal Family History Center
Rua de São Domingos à Lapa 7, Lisboa
LISBON 1200-832
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 21-840-6955
Email: pt_lisbon1@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Lisbon 1st Portugal Family History Center


Miratejo Portugal Family History Center
Rua Ferreira de Castro 10-A
MIRATEJO 2855-238
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-1-2552222
Email: PT_Miratejo@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Miratejo Portugal Family History Center

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References

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Almada," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Almada. Visited 6 September 2017.