Portugal, Vila Real Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975  and Portugal, Vila Real Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941.

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Diocese da Vila Real, Portugal.

Record Description

This article covers the church records for Vila Real that were published in two separate collections; one collection under Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real Catholic Church Records for 1575-1975, housed at the Diocesan Archive and the collection Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records for 1533-1941, housed at the District Archive of Vila Real. These are records of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the Diocese of Vila Real, Portugal. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style and newer records are handwritten in formatted registers.

Parish priests performed the ordinances for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, and the other holy sacraments in the jurisdiction of their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive under the custody of the priest. However, a duplicate of these registers was regularly sent to the diocesan archive where the records were centralized and kept at a higher state of preservation. 

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

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Vila Real, Portugal, before 1911, when the civil registration was implemented. For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975 collection, select the Browse.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Catholic parishes in Vila Real. Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church records. Vila Real District Archive, Portugal.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
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  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) of bride and groom at time of the event
  • Place of origin and/or residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses
The key genealogical facts found in most death/burial records are:
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  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Civil status of deceased person at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Sometimes names of living parents and children
  • Sometime if the deceased left a testament (will)
  • Place of burial (cemetery)

How to Use the Records

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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Nome do distrito" category
⇒ Select the "Nome do município" category
⇒ Select the "Nome da freguesia" category
⇒ Select the "Nome da paróquia" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro e anos" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one 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.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975," images. FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 June 2012) Vila Real > Alijo > Vile Verde > Santa Marinha > Obitos 1913-1973 > image 117 of 150; Louisa Rodriguez, date of death 16 October 1963, age 60, citing Catholic parishes in Vila Real. Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church records. Vila Real District Archive, Portugal.