Portugal Research Tips and Strategies

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Portugal Research Strategies

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Portugal.

Portugal Research Tips

Portugal Record Finder

This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. For a more complete list, visit Portugal Record Finder.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Age Church Records, Civil Registration Census
Birth date and birthplace Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Nobility Records
Death information Church Records, Civil Registration Newspapers
Marriage information Church Records, Civil Registration Notarial Records, Nobility Records
Naming customs Portugal Names
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration Church Records, Newspapers, Societies
Parents, children, and other family members Church Records, Civil Registration Notarial Records, Census
Language helps Word List, Handwriting

Genealogy Records Available for Portugal by Time Period

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Further Portuguese Research

For more research on Portugal, including research at the district level, visit the Portugal page on the Wiki.

Search all of the Portugal record collections at FamilySearch.


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Portugal,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1986-1999.