Melgaço, Viana do Castelo, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Melgaço is a municipality in the District of Viana do Castelo in Portugal.
  • About 1170 during the reign of King D Afonso Henriques, the castle of Melgaço was constructed.
  • The first forum letter was conceded by King D Afonso between 1183 and 1185 and later confirmed by King D Afonso in 1219, then replaced by a foral issued by King D Afonso III in 1258.
  • By 1211-1212, the north of Portugal was invaded by Leonese forces justifying the construction of the wall, which was already under construction by 1245.
  • Melgaço is divided into 13 civil parishes.
  • The population of Melgaço is roughly 9,200 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 Viana do Castelo 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 e Predial de Melgaço
Lg. Hermenegildo Solheiro Melgaço
4960-551 Melgaço
PORTUGAL
Phone: 251402999
Email: crcpcom.melgaco@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 Viana do Castelo 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]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Melgaço, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melga%C3%A7o,_Portugal. Visited [DATE]11 September 2017.