Portugal Research Tips and Strategies
|Portugal Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
Portugal Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Portugal.
- Getting Started
- Portugal Quick Start Guide
- Portugal Websites
- Portuguese Genealogical Word List
- Reading Portuguese Handwritten Records
Portugal Research Tips
- Birth, Marriage, and Death Information: Vital information was recorded by the civil registrar from 1878 onwards for non-Catholics and from 1911 onwards for all residents of Portugal. Learn more about Portugal Civil Registration.
Prior to that date, all such events were recorded by the Catholic Church. Learn more about Portuguese Catholic Church Records.
- Finding Parents: Catholic church records frequently recorded the parents and grandparents of the person being baptized or married. This tradition was carried into civil registration records.
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
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.
- 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.