Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records 1859-1911
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|Flag of the Portugese Republic|
|Location of Portalegre, Portugal|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica do Distrito de Portalegre, Portugal|
|Portalegre District Archives|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Known Issues
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?
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.
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Reading These Records
For help reading these Portuguese records see the following guides:
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching 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 IndexSearch by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View The Images
View images in this collection by visiting theBrowse Page:
- Select District
- Select Municipality
- Select Civil Parish
- Select Parish
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
- 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?
- 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
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.
Citing This Collection
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.