Murça, Vila Real, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Murça is a city which is the seat of the municipal government and a municipality in the district of Vila Real, in Portugal.
  • This community, as far as can be determined, extends to Celtic times, due to the Porca de Murça (English: Pig of Murça) presumably a Celtic divinity.
  • In the 13th century, King Sancho II issued a foral on 8 May 1224, and was later confirmed and elaborated by Afonso III on 10 Jan 1268. With other similar charters by other kings.
  • Murça is divided into 7 civil parishes.
  • The population of Murça is roughly 6,000 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, Predial e Notariado
Pal Justiça
5090-137 Murça
PORTUGAL
Phone: 259511800
Email: crcpncom.murca@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 Murça. There may be additional parishes not listed on this page.

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]

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: NAME OF 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[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Murça," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur%C3%A7a. Visited 18 September 2017.