Portugal, Vila Real Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992  and Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941
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Vila Real, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1575-1992
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Diocese da Vila Real, Portugal
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What is in This Collection?

This article covers the church records for Vila Real that were published in two separate collections: (1) collection under Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real Catholic Church Records for 1575 to 1992, housed at the Diocesan Archive, and (2) Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records for 1533-1941, housed at the District Archive of Vila Real. These are records of marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the Diocese of Vila Real, Portugal. These records are written in Portuguese. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style and newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.

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.

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.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Vila Real, 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.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Guarda,Catholic Church Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

Reading These Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941.

Collection Content

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's birth date and place of birth
  • Groom's baptism date and place of baptism
  • Groom's civil status and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's birth date and place of birth
  • Bride's baptism date and place of baptism
  • Bride's civil status and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age, and gender of deceased
  • Civil status and origin of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names, if deceased is a minor
  • Burial information

How Do I Search This Collection?

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Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992

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  1. Select District
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Civil Parish
  4. Select Parish
  5. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941

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  1. Select District
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Civil Parish
  4. Select Parish
  5. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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.)

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records, 1575-1992." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Arquivo Histórico da Diocese de Vila Real (Vila Real Diocese, Vila Real).
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
Collection citation
"Portugal, Vila Real, Registros Paroquiais, 1533-1941." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Arquivo Distrital de Vila Real (Vila Real District Archives, Vila Real).
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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