Sousel, Portalegre, Portugal Genealogy

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

History[edit | edit source]

  • Sousel is a municipality in the District of Portalegre in Portugal.
  • In the 18th century the Calça e Pina family was the main developer of Sousel.
  • Sousel has 4 civil parishes.
  • The population of Sousel is roughly 5,000 people.[1]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Contact a Civil Registration Office[edit | edit source]

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

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[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

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 Portalegre Church Records.

Contact a Parish[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Badajoz Spain Family History Center
C/ Botánico Vicente Cervantes, Edificio Eurodom
BADAJOZ BADAJOZ 06011
PORTUGAL
Phone: 34 924-245-517
Email: ES_Badajoz@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Badajoz Spain Family History Center

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Sousel," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sousel. Visited 25 August 2017.