Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal Genealogy

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

History

  • Capital city of Madeira Islands.
  • Zarco family settled Funchal in 1424.
  • Lighthouse built in 1452-1454.
  • Name means plantation of Fennel.
  • It became an important industrial center because of the Sugar industry in the late 1400"s.
  • Became a city in 1514.
  • Subject to pirate attacks in the 1560's.
  • British commercial wine makers moved to Funchal in th 17th century.
  • The population of Funchal is roughly 112,000 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 Madeira Islands Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office

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

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Funchal
R. Marquês Pal Justiça
9000-083 Funchal
PORTUGAL
Phone: 291222116
Email: crcfunchal@dgrn.mj.pt

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Funchal
Av. Calouste Gulbenkian Ed. 2000
9000-011 Funchal
PORTUGAL
Phone: 291223228
Fax: 291222116
Email: crcfunchal@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 Madeira Islands 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.

Funchal Madeira Jewish Cemetery-Madeira Island
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Protestant Cemetery
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Sao Martinho Cemetery
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Nossa Senhora do Monte Church
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Santa Maria Maior, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério da Nossa Senhora das Angústias
Sao Martinho, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers

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

References

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Funchal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funchal. Visited 08/22/2017.