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São Vicente, Madeira Islands, Portugal Genealogy

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

HistoryEdit

  • First settled about 1450.
  • Gained its charter in August 1774.
  • There are three parishes.
  • The population of São Vicente is roughly 6,000 people.[1]

Civil RegistrationEdit

Online RecordsEdit

After 100 years, all civil registration records are sent to the municipality's district office.

To view online civil registration records, visit Madeira Islands Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration OfficeEdit

There are no known civil registration offices within the municipality of São Vicente. Contact a civil registration office in a nearby municipality to find out if they have the records for São Vicente.

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 ParishesEdit

Online RecordsEdit

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 Madeira Islands Church Records.

Contact a ParishEdit

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.

CemeteriesEdit

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.

Sao Vicente
Sao Vicente, São Vicente Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History CentersEdit

Funchal Portugal Family History Center
Rua Tenente Coronel Sarmento 25
FUNCHAL 9000-020
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 912-368-60
Email: PT_Funchal@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Funchal Portugal Family History Center

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "São Vicente, Madeira," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Vicente,_Madeira. Visited 1/23/2018.