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

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Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949
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Location of Porto, Portugal, Portugal
Record Description
Record Type: Church Records
Collection years: 1535-1949
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Diocese Católica do Porto, Portugal
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Related Websites
Arquivo Nacional (National Archive)

What is in This Collection?

This collection of church records includes the years 1535-1949. It includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic Diocese of Porto created at several parishes. It also includes an index of parish records for the city of Porto. These church records are housed at the Porto District Archives.

Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths and/or burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive. The records in our collection were acquired from the District Archive of Porto.

The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in the District of Porto. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1911.

Additional images will be published as they become available.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed by members of the supporting organization(s). The Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, the images are also available to all viewers at Arquivo Nacional (National Archive). For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Reading These Records

These records are written 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, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism Records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date, time and place of birth
  • Father's name, occupation, residence and origin
  • Mother's maiden name, residence and origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Godparents names, their civil status, occupation and residence

Marriage records

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

Death records

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Legitimacy of deceased
  • Residence and origin of deceased
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married
  • Names of parents if deceased is a minor
  • Parents' place of origin
  • Burial information

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  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 Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

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

  • Consult the Portugal Research Tips and Strategies to find other records
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Portugal’s emigration rate is one of the highest in the world. Check Portugal Emigration and Immigration for more information
  • 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.)
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information
  • Consult the Portugal Record Finder to find other records

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 22 February 2018. Arquivo Distrital (Porto District Archive), Portugal.

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Known Issues with This Collection

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