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

History

  • Inhabited since Paleolithic times.
  • Founded during Roman domination.
  • Was also part of the visigothic kingdom.
  • Arabic name of Shilb.
  • 713 Moors invaded.
  • In 1027 became a independent taifa.
  • In 1156 it was called almohad.
  • In 1189 conquered the town with European Crusaders.
  • 3000 Christian slaves taken in 1191.
  • The population of Silves is roughly 38000 people.[1]

Civil Registration

Online Records

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

To view online civil registration records, visit Faro Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office

The following is a list of civil registration offices within the municipality.

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Silves
Pç. Município
8300-117 Silves
PORTUGAL
Phone: 282442705
Fax: 282445652
Email: crc.silves@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

Online Records

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 Faro Church Records.

Contact a Parish

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

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.

Silves Cemetery
Silves, Silves Municipality, Faro
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers

Faro Portugal Family History Center
R Pintor A C Antiga-Vale Carneiros à Pen
FARO ALGARVE 8000
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-89801488
Email: PT_Faro@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Faro Portugal Family History Center

References

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Silves, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silves,_Portugal. Visited 08/15/2017.