Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
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|Location of Coimbra, Portugal|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Coimbra, Portugal.|
|University of Coimbra Archives|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection of church records includes the years 1459 to 1911.
The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the Diocese of Coimbra, Portugal. These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers appear to have some physical damage; therefore, some data may be difficult to read or some even may be lost. However, in general, they are in good condition for extracting genealogical information. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other ordinances performed on parishioners by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Coimbra, Portugal, before 1911, when the civil registration was implemented. For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.
Parish priests performed the ordinances for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, and the other holy sacraments in the jurisdiction of their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive under the custody of the priest. However, a duplicate of these registers was regularly sent to the diocesan archive where the records were centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation.
Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are in Portuguese. For help reading these records see the following guides:
- Portuguese Genealogical Word List
- Portuguese Letter-writing Guide
- Learning Center Resources:
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Death or Burial
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- Name of the person
- Approximate date of the event
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record
- Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records
- The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records
- The parents' places of origin can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
- Marriage date and place may help you find their children
- Burial place may also help to show their migration pattern. It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the names
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)
- If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married, and died in the same place or nearby
- The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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