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== Image Visibility  ==
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a [https://familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] near you.
  
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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Registros Paroquiais da Diocese Católica do Porto, Portugal  
 
Registros Paroquiais da Diocese Católica do Porto, Portugal  
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1908.
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This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic Diocese of Porto created at several parishes. It also includes an index of parish records for the city of Porto. These church records are housed at the Porto District Archives. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Additional images will be published as they become available.
  
This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1905.  
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Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths and/or burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive. The records in our collection were acquired from the District Archive of Porto.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, and burial in the life of their parishioners. These and other ordinances were performed by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.
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The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in the District of Porto. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1911.
  
This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic Diocese of Porto created at several parishes. It also includes an index of parish records for the city of Porto. These church records are housed at the Porto District Archives. Additional images will be published as they become available.
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=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records include:'''  
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'''Baptism records''' usually contain the following information:
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of baptism
*Name of person baptized
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*Child's name and gender
*Gender and date of birth or age
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*Child's date, time and place of birth  
*If legitimate or illegitimate
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*Father's name, occupation, residence and origin
*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin  
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*Mother's maiden name, residence and origin  
*Names of paternal and maternal grandparents  
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*Names of paternal grandparents  
*Names of godparents
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*Names of maternal grandparents
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*Godparents names, their civil status, occupation and residence
  
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:'''  
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of marriage
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
*Sometimes their civil status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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*Groom's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
*Place of origin and/or residence of the bride and groom  
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*Names of groom's parents
*Parents' names and their civil status  
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*Bride's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
*Names of witnesses
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Names of witnesses, their occupation, civil status and residence
  
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found in most deaths records include:'''  
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'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:
  
*Place and date where the person died
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*Date and place of death
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name, age and gender of deceased
*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
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*Legitimacy of deceased
*Place of burial
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*Residence and origin of deceased  
*Parents' names
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*Civil status and name of spouse, if married  
*Cause of death
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*Names of parents if deceased is a minor
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*Parents' place of origin
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*Burial information
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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===Search the Collection===
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'''To browse the collection by image''': <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "District" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Parish" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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'''When searching''':<br>
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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===Using the Information===
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When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:  
  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
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*The approximate date of the event  
 
*The approximate date of the event  
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
 
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
  
 
For example:  
 
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*Continue to search the various browse sections to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:
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If the locality where your ancestors lived is not listed in the browse choices, check this collection at a date to see if the locality where your ancestors lived has added to the collection.
  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:  
 
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*[[Portuguese Genealogical Word List]]
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*[[Portuguese Letter-writing Guide]]
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Learning Center Resources:
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-1-portuguese-letters/213 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 1]
 
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-2-dates-words-and-names/215 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 2]
== Record History  ==
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-portuguese-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-portuguese-records/216 Portuguese Handwriting Lesson 3]
 
 
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths and/or burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive. The records in our collection were acquired from the District Archive of Porto.
 
 
 
== Why the Record Was Created  ==
 
 
 
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, and burial in the life of their parishioners. These and other ordinances were performed by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in the District of Porto. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1911.
 
  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
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[[Porto#Maps|Maps for Porto]]
*[http://www.diocese-porto.pt/ Diocese do Porto]  
 
*[http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dprtp.html Diocese of Porto Hierarchy]
 
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[Portugal]]
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*[[Porto]]
 
*[[Portugal Catholic Church Records]]  
 
*[[Portugal Catholic Church Records]]  
*[[Portuguese Genealogical Word List|Portuguese Genealogical Word List]]
 
  
 
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== Citation for This Collection ==
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==Citations for This Collection==
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called [[Transfer_the_Information#Cite_Your_Sources|citing your sources]]). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->Portugal. Parish records, 1540-1905. District Archive of Porto (Archivo Distrital do Porto), Porto, Portugal. Diocese of Porto. Several parishes in the Diocese of Porto. <!--bibdescend-->
 
 
 
Digital copies of originals are also housed in different District Archives of Porto throughout Portugal.  
 
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Porto District Archive.}} <br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
 
  
"Portugal. Parish records, 1535-1949" digital images "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org https: accessed 12 April 2012),Portugal. Parish records, 1535-1949 &gt; Viana de Castelo &gt; Ponte de Lima &gt; Ganda &gt; Sao Martinho &gt; baptismos 1823-1873 &gt; image 249 of 252; entry for Jose Pereira, born 23 July 1873; District Archive of Porto (Archivo Distrital do Porto), Porto, Portugal. Diocese of Porto. Several parishes in the Diocese of Porto
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Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Diocese Católica do Porto, Portugal

Record Description

This collection of church records includes the years 1530 to 1908.

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic Diocese of Porto created at several parishes. It also includes an index of parish records for the city of Porto. These church records are housed at the Porto District Archives. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Additional images will be published as they become available.

Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths and/or burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were centralized in the archdiocesan archive. The records in our collection were acquired from the District Archive of Porto.

Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, death, and burial in the life of their parishioners. These and other ordinances were performed by an authorized priest in his area of jurisdiction.

The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in the District of Porto. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1911.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949.

Record Content

Baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date, time and place of birth
  • Father's name, occupation, residence and origin
  • Mother's maiden name, residence and origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Godparents names, their civil status, occupation and residence

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses, their occupation, civil status and residence

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Legitimacy of deceased
  • Residence and origin of deceased
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married
  • Names of parents if deceased is a minor
  • Parents' place of origin
  • Burial information

How to Use the Record

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "District"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Civil Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Continue to search the various browse sections to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

If the locality where your ancestors lived is not listed in the browse choices, check this collection at a date to see if the locality where your ancestors lived has added to the collection.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

For two foreign localities:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Porto items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Porto items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Portugal Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

Maps for Porto

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Porto District Archive.

Image citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949.