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Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992  and Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941
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Vila Real, Portugal
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1575-1992
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica, Diocese da Vila Real, Portugal
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This article covers the church records for Vila Real that were published in two separate collections: (1) collection under Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real Catholic Church Records for 1575 to 1992, housed at the Diocesan Archive, and (2) Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records for 1533-1941, housed at the District Archive of Vila Real. These are records of marriages, and burial/deaths from parishes in the Diocese of Vila Real, Portugal. These records are written 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.

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.

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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, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's birth date and place of birth
  • Groom's baptism date and place of baptism
  • Groom's civil status and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's birth date and place of birth
  • Bride's baptism date and place of baptism
  • Bride's civil status and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age, and gender of deceased
  • Civil status and origin of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names, if deceased is a minor
  • Burial information

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Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records 1575-1992[edit | edit source]

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Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941[edit | edit source]

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

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

  • Carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record
  • Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records
  • The parents' places of origin can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Marriage date and place may help you find their children
  • Burial place may also help to show their migration pattern. It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • 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.)
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married, and died in the same place or nearby
  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record

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]

  • 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
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date

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