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

History

  • Chaves is a city and municipality in the district of Vila Real, in Portugal.
  • Chaves history dates back to the Paleolithic period.
  • The Roman leigons conquered and occupied the region, constructing a nascent outpost.
  • In the 16th century it was a military center known for its baths, with its warm medicinal waters.
  • In the 11th century, Alfonso V of Leon reconquered the territory and forced the Arabs out of the country.
  • Chaves was attacked by the French in 1807, but Silveria retook Chaves.
  • 12 March 1929, Chaves was elevated to the category of city.
  • There are 41 civil parishes in Chaves.
  • The population of Chaves is roughly 41,300 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 Vila Real Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office

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

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Chaves
R. Longras 3 – Lj. 34
5400-355 Chaves
PORTUGAL
Phone: 276301170
Email: crc.chaves@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 Vila Real 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.

Seara Velha Cemetery
Chaves, Chaves Municipality, Vila Real
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Mosteiro de Baixo
Mosteiro, Chaves Municipality, Vila Real
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Vila Nova De Veiga
Vila Nova da Veiga, Chaves Municipality, Vila Real
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers

Vigo Spain Family History Center
Av Garcia Barbon, 95 Bajo
VIGO PONTEVEDRA 36201
PORTUGAL
Phone: 34 986-264-931
Email: ES_Vigo@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Vigo Spain Family History Center


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

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Chaves, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves,_Portugal. Visited 15 September 2017.