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Archival Research

Sometimes, archive research is necessary to obtain a record that has not been digitized or request a clearer copy of a record found online or on microfilm. This can be done either through letter correspondence, email (sometimes), or researching in person. Please read Portugal Church Directories for contact information for dioceses and parishes.

Because all of the parish records containing genealogical data were moved to district archives, the staff at these archives will need to be contacted in order to obtain a copy of the desired record.

Many times, duplicate copies of birth, marriage, and death records were sent to a parish's dioceses. These institutions also store marriage impediments, and other documentation that may be useful in tracing a parish priest. You can find contact information for dioceses at the website Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa.

It is recommended that the archivist always be contacted before planning a visit to the archive. For help writing a letter requesting records or preparing for an actual visit, refer to Portuguese Letter Writing Guide.

National Archives

Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Alameda da Universidade
1649-010 Lisboa
Phone: +351 210 037 100
Email: dsieq@dglab.gov.pt

  • Access to the Torre do Tombo is free for all persons over the age of 18.
  • In order to consult documents, individuals must have a form of identification and a reader card.
  • Once in the reading room, researchers can only request three documents at a time.
  • Consult the catalog before planning a trip to ensure the records you want are available at the archive.
  • The Torre do Tombo has a large online database, accessable at digitarq.arquivos.pt

General Directorate of Archives

Direção-Geral de Arquivos
Website

  • Brings together information from all the archives of Portugal
  • Directs users to individual archives, and the database of digital images from all archives

District Archives

Arquivo Distrital de Aveiro
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Dr. Alberto Souto
Bonsucesso - Aradas
3810-417 Aradas (Aveiro)
Phone: +351 234 003 400
Email: mail@adavr.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Beja
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Av. Vasco da Gama
7800 Beja
Phone: +351 284 310 670
Email: mail@adbja.dgarq.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Braga
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Universidade do Minho
Largo do Paço
4704-553 Braga
Phone: +351 253 601 177
Email: sec@adb.uminho.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Bragança
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Convento de São Francisco
Rua de São Francisco, nº 63
5300-050 Bragança
Phone: +351 273 001 300
Email: mail@adbgc.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Castelo Branco
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Casa dos Mota
Praça de Camões
6000-116 Castelo Branco
Phone: +351 272 001 403
Email: mail@adctb.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Coimbra
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua de São Pedro, 2
3000 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 859 855
Email: auc-geral@auc.uc.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Évora
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Largo dos Collegiales, 3
7000-803 ÉVORA
Phone: +351 266 006 600
Email: mail@adevr.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Faro
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Coronel António Santos Fonseca
8000-257 Faro
Phone: +351 289 008 800
Email: mail@adfar.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Guarda
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Largo General Humberto Delgado
6300-694 Guarda
Phone: +351 271 001 200
Email: mail@adgrd.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Leiria
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Marcos Portugal, 4
2400-179 Leiria
Phone: +351 244 004 400
Email: mail@adlra.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Lisboa
Part of the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Alameda da Universidade
1649-010 Lisboa
Phone: +351 210 037 100
Email: mail@dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Portalegre
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Palácio Barahona
Largo Serpa Pinto
7300-102 Portalegre
Phone: +351 245 004 500
Email: mail@adptg.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital do Porto
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua das Taipas, n.º 90
4050-598 Porto
Phone: +351 220 046 200
Email via form in Contact and Hours
Arquivo Distrital de Santarém
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Passos Manuel
2000-118 Santarém
Phone: +351 243 004 300
Email: mail@adstr.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Setúbal
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Prof. Borges de Macedo, n.º 2
Manteigadas
2910-001 Setúbal
Phone: +351 265 006 500
Email: mail@adstb.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Viana do Castelo
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Rua Manuel Espregueira, 140
4900-318 Viana do Castelo
Phone: +351 258 005 500
Email: mail@advct.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Vila Real
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Av. Almeida Lucena, n.º 5
5000-660 Vila Real
Phone: +351 259 00 5900
Email: mail@advrl.dglab.gov.pt
Arquivo Distrital de Viseu
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Largo de Santa Cristina
3504-515 Viseu
Phone: +351 232 003 200

Regional Archives

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Açores
Website Catalog Contact
Pç. Gonçalo Velho 12, 2º
9500-063 Ponta Delgada
Phone: +351 296 302 170
Email: crc.pd@dgrn.mj.pt
Arquivo Regional e Biblioteca Pública da Madeira
Website Catalog Contact and Hours
Caminho dos Álamos, n.º 35
Santo António
9020-064 Funchal
Phone: +351 291 708 400
Email: abm.sretc@madeira.gov.pt

Military Archives

Arquivo Histórico Militar (Military History Archive)
Website Catalog
Largo dos Caminhos de Ferro
1100-105 Lisboa
Phone: +351 218 842 563/0 Email: ahm@mail.exercito.pt
Arquivo Geral do Exército (General Archive of the Army)
Website
Largo de Chelas (Old Convent)
1949-010 Lisbon
Phone: +351 218 391 600

Inventories and Guides

Most archives have publications that describe their collections and how to use them. Some are online. Others are in print. If possible, study these guides before you visit or use the records so you can use your time more effectively.

Family History Library

Several published guides for archives and libraries are listed in the Family History Library Catalog. To find them, use the Place Search in the catalog under:

  • Portugal - Archives and Libraries
  • Portugal, [District] - Archives and Libraries
  • Portugal, [District], [City] - Archives and Libraries

Websites

Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from Portugal as well as information on archival institutions throughout the European continent.