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

HistoryEdit

  • Population about 6,000.
  • Oldest settled community, settled about 1460.
  • April of 1580 earthquakes started and with aftershocks lasted 4 months and caused volcanic eruptions.
  • In 1588 there were several floods.
  • Crop failure in 1593.
  • In 1678 there was a famine.
  • September of 1708 an attack by the French lasted 5 days and houses and churches were burned and pillaged.
  • In December 1732 a flood killed five people.
  • In the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 caused a tsunami to reach the shores of Velas.
  • Another earthquake happened in 1757.
  • Velas has 6 civil parishes.[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 Azores Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration OfficeEdit

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

Conservatória do Registo Civil, Predial e Cartório Notarial de Velas
R. St. André Pal Justiça
9800-537 Velas
PORTUGAL
Phone: 295412588
Email: crcpncom.velas@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 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 Azores 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.

Cemeterio Publico
Beira, Velas Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério de Beira
Beira, Velas Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério de Urzelina
Urzelina, Velas Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério de Velas
Velas, Velas Municipality, Azores Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History CentersEdit

Angra do Heroismo Portugal Family History Center
Rua Prof Augusto Monjardino 45
ANGRA DO HEROISMO 9700-020
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 295-217-651
Email: PT_AngraDoHeroismo@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Angra do Heroismo Portugal Family History Center

Ponta Delgada Portugal Family History Center
Avenida Antero de Quental 43
PONTA DELGADA 9500-160
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 962-6409
Email: PT_PontaDelgada@familyhistorymail.org
Website: Ponta Delgada Portugal Family History Center

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Velas," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velas. Visited 2 February 2018].