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Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
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Guarda, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1459-1911
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica da Diocese da Guarda, Portugal
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Guarda District Archives



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of church records includes the years 1459 to 1911.

The records included in this collection are those of baptisms, marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the in the Diocese of Guarda, Portugal. These parish records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers appear to have some physical damage; therefore, some data may be difficult to read or some even may be lost. However, in general, they are in good condition for extracting genealogical information. These records are written in Portuguese. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; 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 jurisdiction.

Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Guarda, 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.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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, Guarda,Catholic Church Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Date, time and place of birth
  • Parents’ names, occupation and origin
  • Paternal grandparents names, occupation and origin
  • Maternal grandparents names, occupation and origin
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

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

Death or burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation, marital status and origin of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names and residence if deceased is a minor child
  • Sometimes, burial information

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select District
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Civil Parish
  4. Select Parish
  5. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Portugal’s emigration rate is one of the highest in the world. Check Portugal Emigration and Immigration for more information
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition, local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • For records after 1911, it is suggested that you research both the civil registry and the church records to verify information

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Portugal.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
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