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Portugal Baptisms, 1570-1910
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Record Description
Record Type: Baptisms
Collection years: 1570-1910
Languages: English
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name
  • Gender
  • Christening Date
  • Christening Place
  • Birth Date
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name

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Locality Baptisms, 1570-1910 Marriages, 1670-1910 Deaths, 1640-1910
Beja 15,890 0 0
Coimbra 21,525 3,130 9,206
Évora 8,176 2,890 0
Funchal 61,191 8,950 217
Guarda 0 183 0
Leiria 89,878 12,111 21,364
Lisbon 1,504 0 0
Portalegre 2,205 3,340 0
Porto 29,809 6,576 28,033
Portugal 12,348 6,840 6,750
Setúbal 80,029 2,284 2,168
Viseu 101,799 8,969 32,496
Totals 424,354 55,273 100,234

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

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  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Or try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries for Portuguese immigration/emigration records

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