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Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records 1859-1911
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Portalegre, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1859-1911
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Portalegre, Portugal
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Portalegre District Archives



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records from 1859 to 1911. It is a collection of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from parishes in the District of Portalegre. A few of the baptismal records date back to the early 1600's.

Parishes in the District of Portalegre are part of the Portalegre-Castelo Branco Diocese. Each parish priest kept the original register in the parish archive and a duplicate copy was later sent to the Diocesan Archive to keep the records centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation. However, this collection of records is now housed at the Portalegre District Archive.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these Portuguese records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records 1859-1911.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism Records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Father name, occupation and origin
  • Mother's maiden name and origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents, their civil status and occupation
  • Sometimes, a spouse's name appears in the margin
  • Sometimes, a death date appears in the margin

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, occupation and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death Records

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Marital status, occupation and origin of deceased
  • Parents' names and their origin if deceased is a minor child
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes, a note if there is a testament (will)
  • Burial information

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search The Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View The Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting theBrowse Page:

  1. Select District
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Civil Parish
  4. Select Parish
  5. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Portugal’s emigration rate is one of the highest in the world. Check Portugal Emigration and Immigration for more information
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition, local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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