Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989
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Viseu, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1523-1989
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese de Viseu, Portugal
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of church records includes the years 1523 to 1989.

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Viseu, 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. These records are written in Portuguese. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style; 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 in his area of jurisdiction.

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

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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, Viseu, 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, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989.

Collection Content

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Date and place baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's birth date, time, and place
  • Parents' names, civil status, and origin
  • Godparents’ names and their civil status

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's occupation, civil status, residence, and origin
  • Names of groom's parents, their civil status and residence
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's occupation, civil status, and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses, their occupation, civil status, and residence

Death or burial

  • Name, age, and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Civil status, residence, and origin of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Parents' names and their origin
  • Sometimes, a note regarding a testament (will)
  • Burial information

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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?

  • 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

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

Citing This Collection

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