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Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1636-1962
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Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Location of Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Record Description
Record Type: Miscellaneous
Collection years: 1636-1962
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Registros Vários
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Related Websites
Torre de Tombo National Archives, Viana do Castelo District Archives

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes civil registration records dating from 1636 to 1962 and housed at the Arquivo Distrital de Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Some types of civil registration records in this collection include passport registers, testaments, guardianships and inventories of minors and adults for inheritance distribution.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading them see:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1636-1962.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Names of Testator (the person who has died)
  • Executor (the person carrying out the will)
  • Heirs (the people who will receive the money or property of the Testator)
  • Heirs's birth dates, and places of residence
  • Testator’s birth date
  • Testator’s place of residence
  • Date and place where will was filed
  • Spouse’s name and birth date
  • Names of witnesses


  • Names of guardian and ward


  • Name, nationality, and gender of holder
  • Birth date of holder

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
  • 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
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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.)

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