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Guide to '''Setubal, Portugal ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== Maps  ==
 
  
*[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/LocalDistritoSetubal.svg Setubal and Portugal in the early 21st century]
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== Municipalities ==
  
==Research Methods==
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The 13 municipalities of the district of Setúbal are:
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*[[Alcácer do Sal, Setúbal Genealogy|Alcácer do Sal]]
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*[[Alcochete, Setúbal Genealogy|Alcochete]]
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*[[Almada, Setúbal Genealogy|Almada]]
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*[[Barreiro, Setúbal Genealogy|Barreiro]]
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*[[Grândola, Setúbal Genealogy|Grândola]]
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*[[Moita, Setúbal Genealogy|Moita]]
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*[[Montijo, Setúbal Genealogy|Montijo]]
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*[[Palmela, Setúbal Genealogy|Palmela]]
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*[[Santiago do Cacém, Setúbal Genealogy|Santiago do Cacém]]
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*[[Seixal, Setúbal Genealogy|Seixal]]
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*[[Sesimbra, Setúbal Genealogy|Sesimbra]]
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*[[Setúbal, Setúbal Genealogy|Setúbal]]
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*[[Sines, Setúbal Genealogy|Sines]]
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Beja will be in two main record types: civil registration (''registros civis'') and church records (''registros da igreja''). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
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== Research Methods  ==
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Most of your genealogical research for Setubal will be in two main record types: civil registration (''registros civis'') and church records (''registros da igreja''). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.
 
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==Civil Registration (''Registros civis'')==
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== Civil Registration (''Registros civis'') ==
Civil registration records (''Registros civis'') are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships. <br>
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Civil registration records (''Registros civis'') are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.<br>
  
Time period:1832-present. Registration of non-Catholics began in 1832. Civil registration was mandated in 1878 but only became obligatory in 1911. Priests functioned as civil registrars until 1911. The records are highly reliable.
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Civil Registration has been kept from 1832 to the present.
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*'''1832''' Required registration of non-Catholics
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*'''1878''' Universal civil registration with priests functioning as civil registrars for Catholics
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*'''1911''' Civil registration obligatory. Priests stopped functioning as civil registrars
  
 
Civil registration records are kept on a municipal level by local civil registration offices. After 100 years they are moved to the district registration office.
 
Civil registration records are kept on a municipal level by local civil registration offices. After 100 years they are moved to the district registration office.
  
=== 1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===  
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=== Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===  
 
For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:
 
For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:
*'''1609-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|2016195|Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609-1950|access=browse}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] - free, browseable images only, incomplete for all localities.  
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*'''1911-1936''' - {{RecordSearch|2144833|Portugal, Setúbal, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1649-1936|access=browse}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] - free, browsable images only, incomplete for all localities.
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*'''1911-1936''' - [http://tombo.pt/en/d/setubal Portugal, Setúbal, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1649-1936] at [http://tombo.pt/en Tombo.pt] - free, browsable images, incomplete for all localities. Use the left-hand sidebar to select a municipality and civil parish to link to the online collections of the District Archive of Setúbal.
 
'''"Nascimentos"''' are births. '''Matrimônios''' and '''"Casamentos"''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"''' are deaths.  '''"Índice"''' is the index.
 
'''"Nascimentos"''' are births. '''Matrimônios''' and '''"Casamentos"''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"''' are deaths.  '''"Índice"''' is the index.
  
=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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=== Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. <br>
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To find a microfilm:
  
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=131482&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Portugal%2C%20Beja%22 '''records for Portugal, Beja'''].
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=134400&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Portugal%2C%20Set%C3%BAbal%22 '''records for Portugal, Setúbal'''].
:::b. Click on '''"Places within Portugal, Beja"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Portugal, Setúbal"''' and a list of towns and cities will open.
 
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
 
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  
 
 
===3. Writing for  Civil Registration Certificates===
 
It is possible to obtain civil registration records by writing to the local civil registry in the municipality. Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Portuguese. Your request may be forwarded if the records have been sent to district archives.
 
  
====Events Less Than 100 Years Ago====
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=== Writing for Civil Registration Certificates ===
For events less than 100 years ago, the records are kept in the local registration office. Write a brief request in Portuguese to the proper office using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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It is possible to obtain civil registration records by writing to the local civil registry in the municipality or the district archive. Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Portuguese.
  
:'''Cartório de Registro Civil'''
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==== Civil Registry ====
:'''([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes_in_Portugal postal code]), (city)'''
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For events less than 100 years ago, the records are kept in the local registration office. Use the following resources to address a brief request in Portuguese to the proper office.<br>
:'''Beja - Portugal'''<br><br>
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*[[Civil Registration Offices in Portugal|List of the district offices of civil registrars]]
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*[http://conservatorias.com/conservatorias-do-registo-civil Conservatórias list of civil registrars]
  
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes_in_Portugal '''Find the Portuguese postal code here.'''] <br> <br>
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==== District Archives ====
 
 
====District Archives====
 
 
For records older than 100 years, write to the district office at: <br>
 
For records older than 100 years, write to the district office at: <br>
  
'''Conservatória do Registo Civil de Beja <br>'''Pç. Ultramar 1 A<br>7800-429 Beja<br>
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Conservatória do Registo Civil de Setúbal<br>
Beja – Portugal<br>
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R. Dr. António M Gamito 3, 1º E<br>
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2900-056 Setúbal<br>
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Setúbal – Portugal<br>
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Telefone: 265236016 Fax: 265535202<br>
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E-mail: crc.setubal@dgrn.mj.pt  <br>
  
Telefone: 284324110 <br>
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'''For both types of offices, send the following:'''<br>
Fax: 284321604<br>
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
E-mail: crcbeja@dgrn.mj.pt
 
 
 
For both types of offices, send the following:
 
 
 
*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
 
 
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
 
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
 
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
 
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
 
*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
 
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Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this [[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide|Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.]]
'''Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases is this [[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide|Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.]]'''
 
 
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== Church Records (''registros da igreja'') ==
 
== Church Records (''registros da igreja'') ==
The vast majority of Portuguese were Catholic and were registered in entries for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in the local church records. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the registers, with personal information on the family.  
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The vast majority of Portuguese were Catholic and their baptism, marriage(s), deaths and burial, were recorded in the local church records. Often these registers include personal information on the family, including two and sometimes three generations.<br>
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In 1910, the newly established First Portuguese Republic mandated that all documents with vital information that were previously recorded and held by the Catholic Church be turned over to the government. Some of these records are now in the national archive in Lisbon, called the "Torre do Tombo", some are in archives that were established in each district, and some unfortunately were lost in this transfer.<br>
  
=== 1. Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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=== Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
 
For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
 
For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:
*'''1859-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2001878|Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913|access=browse}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] - free, browseable images only, not complete for all localities. Records will eventually be indexed online.
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*'''1555-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|1935451|Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
'''Batismos''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''Matrimônios'''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"''' are deaths. '''"Índice"''' is the index.
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*'''1555-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|1935451|Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911|access=browse}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] - free, browsable images only, not complete for all localities. Records will eventually be indexed online.
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*'''1555-1911''' - [http://tombo.pt/en/d/setubal Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911] at [http://tombo.pt/en Tombo.pt] - free, browsable images, incomplete for all localities.
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*'''1680-1911''' - [http://geneall.net/pt/arquivos-paroquiais/?arq_id=17 Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records] through [http://geneall.net/pt/arquivos-paroquiais/ geneall.net] -free, limited browsable images only.
  
===2. [http://tombo.pt/d/beja Tombo.pt]===
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* [http://antt.dglab.gov.pt/ Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo]- Mainland national archive, with instruction on accessing their [http://digitarq.arquivos.pt/ digital images] and the archive's catalog. The website is in Portuguese.
*In 1910 a revolution rejected the royal family, abolished all titles of the nobility, wrote a constitution, and passed new laws.  All documents with vital information that were previously recorded and held by the Catholic Church were turned over to the government. Some of these records are now in the national archive in Lisbon, called the "Torre do Tombo", some are in archives that were established in each district, and some unfortunately were lost in this transfer.<br>
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'''Batismos''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''Matrimônios'''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"''' are deaths. '''"Índice"''' is the index.
*To search digitized parish records for Beja at [http://tombo.pt/d/beja '''Tombo.pt'''], click on [http://tombo.pt/d/beja '''this link''']. The parishes are listed in the left sidebar under "Municípios". After clicking on your parish, look for:
 
::::::::::Series
 
:::::::::::::Registos de batismo (baptismal registers)
 
:::::::::::::Registos de casamento (marriage registers)
 
:::::::::::::Registos de óbito (burial registers)
 
You will find a description of  and link to each time period that was digitized.
 
  
=== 3.  Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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=== Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
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If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. <br>
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To find a microfilm:
  
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=131245&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Portugal%2C%20Beja%22 '''records for Portugal, Beja'''].
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=134400&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Portugal%2C%20Set%C3%BAbal%22 '''records for Portugal, Setúbal'''].
:::b. Click on '''"Places within Portugal, Beja'''"and a list of towns and cities will open.
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:::b. Click on '''"Places within Portugal, Setúbal'''"and a list of towns and cities will open.
 
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
 
:::c. Click on the '''town or city''' you wish to search.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.  
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.  
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.   
 
 
=== 4. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
 
Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Portugal. Portugal has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliableOfficials might or might not respond.'''''
 
 
 
Write a brief request in Portuguese to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
 
  
:'''Reverendo Pároco'''
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=== Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
:'''Paróquia de (name of parish) '''
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Portugal has no single repository of church records. Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archive in Portugal. Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''  
:'''([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes_in_Portugal postal code]), (city)'''<br>
 
:'''Beja - Portugal'''
 
<br>
 
  
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes_in_Portugal '''Find the Portuguese postal code here.''']  
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The following websites provide contact information for parishes
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*[http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.pt/v1/dioceses/ 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.
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*[http://www.thecatholicdirectory.com/directory.cfm?fuseaction=show_country&country=PT Catholic Directory] lists parishes by town for all of Portugal.
  
When requesting information, send the following:<br>  
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If contact information for a parish is not listed in these records, address a brief request in Portuguese to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
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:Reverendo Pároco
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:Paróquia de (name of parish)
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:([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_codes_in_Portugal postal code]), (city)
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:Setúbal, Portugal
  
*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00, and an international reply coupon (IRC)
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When requesting information, send the following:
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*Money for the search fee, usually $10.00  
 
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought  
 
*Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought  
 
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known  
 
*Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known  
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
 
*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record
 
<br>
 
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'''Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases is this [[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide|Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.]]'''
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Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this [[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide|Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.]]
 
<br>
 
<br>
  
==Reading the Records==
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== Reading the Records ==
  
 
*You do not have to be fluent in Portuguese to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Portuguese Genealogical Word List|Portuguese Genealogical Word List]] to translate the important points in the document.
 
*You do not have to be fluent in Portuguese to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Portuguese Genealogical Word List|Portuguese Genealogical Word List]] to translate the important points in the document.
  
 
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:  
 
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:  
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-1-portuguese-letters/213 '''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 1: Portuguese Letters''']
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:*{{LearningCenter2|54|'''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 1: Portuguese Letters'''}}
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-2-dates-words-and-names/215 '''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Dates, Words, and Names''']
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:*{{LearningCenter2|55|'''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Dates, Words, and Names'''}}
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-portuguese-records/216 '''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Portuguese Records''']. In this lesson, you will explore several types of Portuguese genealogical records, including birth, baptismal, marriage, and death records.
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:*{{LearningCenter2|56|'''Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Portuguese Records'''}}. In this lesson, you will explore several types of Portuguese genealogical records, including birth, baptismal, marriage, and death records.
==== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ====
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== Search Strategy ==
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*Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his '''brothers and sisters'''.
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*Next, search for the '''marriage of his parents.''' The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
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*You can '''estimate the ages''' of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
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*Search the '''death registers''' for all known family members.
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*Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, '''search neighboring parishes.'''
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=== Tips for finding your ancestor in the records ===
 
*Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found.  It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later.  
 
*Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found.  It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later.  
 
*In the larger cities of Portugal, there are several registration offices located throughout the city. If you know in which part of the city your ancestor lived, you should begin your search in the records of the office nearest their home. If you do not know, you will need to search office by office.
 
*In the larger cities of Portugal, there are several registration offices located throughout the city. If you know in which part of the city your ancestor lived, you should begin your search in the records of the office nearest their home. If you do not know, you will need to search office by office.
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*Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun.
 
*Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun.
  
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== Wiki Articles Describing Collections for Setubal ==
 
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*[[Portugal, Setubal, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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Municipalities[edit | edit source]

The 13 municipalities of the district of Setúbal are:

Research Methods[edit | edit source]

Most of your genealogical research for Setubal will be in two main record types: civil registration (registros civis) and church records (registros da igreja). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

Civil Registration (Registros civis)[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records (Registros civis) are government records covering birth, marriage, and death. They are an excellent source of names, dates, places, and relationships.

Civil Registration has been kept from 1832 to the present.

  • 1832 Required registration of non-Catholics
  • 1878 Universal civil registration with priests functioning as civil registrars for Catholics
  • 1911 Civil registration obligatory. Priests stopped functioning as civil registrars

Civil registration records are kept on a municipal level by local civil registration offices. After 100 years they are moved to the district registration office.

Online Digital Records for Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:

"Nascimentos" are births. Matrimônios and "Casamentos" are marriages. "Óbitos" are deaths. "Índice" is the index.

Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Portugal, Setúbal.
b. Click on "Places within Portugal, Setúbal" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Writing for Civil Registration Certificates[edit | edit source]

It is possible to obtain civil registration records by writing to the local civil registry in the municipality or the district archive. Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Portuguese.

Civil Registry[edit | edit source]

For events less than 100 years ago, the records are kept in the local registration office. Use the following resources to address a brief request in Portuguese to the proper office.

District Archives[edit | edit source]

For records older than 100 years, write to the district office at:

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Setúbal
R. Dr. António M Gamito 3, 1º – E
2900-056 Setúbal
Setúbal – Portugal
Telefone: 265236016 Fax: 265535202
E-mail: crc.setubal@dgrn.mj.pt

For both types of offices, send the following:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record


Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Church Records (registros da igreja)[edit | edit source]

The vast majority of Portuguese were Catholic and their baptism, marriage(s), deaths and burial, were recorded in the local church records. Often these registers include personal information on the family, including two and sometimes three generations.

In 1910, the newly established First Portuguese Republic mandated that all documents with vital information that were previously recorded and held by the Catholic Church be turned over to the government. Some of these records are now in the national archive in Lisbon, called the "Torre do Tombo", some are in archives that were established in each district, and some unfortunately were lost in this transfer.

Online Digital Records for Church Records[edit | edit source]

For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

Batismos are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. Matrimônios' are marriages. "Óbitos" are deaths. "Índice" is the index.

Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Portugal, Setúbal.
b. Click on "Places within Portugal, Setúbal"and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records[edit | edit source]

Portugal has no single repository of church records. Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archive in Portugal. Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.

The following websites provide contact information for parishes

  • 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.
  • Catholic Directory lists parishes by town for all of Portugal.

If contact information for a parish is not listed in these records, address a brief request in Portuguese to the proper church using this address as guide replacing the information in parentheses:

Reverendo Pároco
Paróquia de (name of parish)
(postal code), (city)
Setúbal, Portugal

When requesting information, send the following:

  • Money for the search fee, usually $10.00
  • Full name and the sex of the ancestor sought
  • Names of the ancestor’s parents, if known
  • Approximate date and place of the event
  • Your relationship to the ancestor
  • Reason for the request (family history, medical, and so on)
  • Request for a photocopy of the complete original record


Write your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing your letter in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • You do not have to be fluent in Portuguese to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this Portuguese Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document.
  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Search Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.

Tips for finding your ancestor in the records[edit | edit source]

  • Births were usually reported within a few days of the birth by the father of the child, a neighbor, or the midwife. A search for a birth record should begin with the known date of birth and then searching forward in time, day by day, until the record is found. It might be found within a few days of the actual birth date, but in some instances, it might be weeks or months later.
  • In the larger cities of Portugal, there are several registration offices located throughout the city. If you know in which part of the city your ancestor lived, you should begin your search in the records of the office nearest their home. If you do not know, you will need to search office by office.
  • Some civil registration books have indexes in the front or back of them. These indexes are often by the given name of the child. You may have to check every entry in the index if your ancestor had more than one given name.
  • Marriages typically took place in the hometown of the bride.
  • Death records can be particularly helpful for people who may not have had a civil birth or marriage record but died during the period when civil registration had begun.

Wiki Articles Describing Collections for Setubal[edit | edit source]