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Access the records: Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938 .

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Title in the Language of the Records[edit | edit source]

Pasaportes de Coimbra, Portugal.

Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection of miscellaneous records covers the years 1835 to 1938.

The records included in this collection are those of passport registers and passport application files, which have been kept at the University of Coimbra Archives. The text of the records is in Portuguese. Most of the documents are handwritten in formatted registers, and a few are in narrative style.

Emigration from Portugal dates from the 15th century, the beginning of Portugal's period of overseas exploration. From the middle of the 19th century to the late 1950s, nearly two million Portuguese left Europe to live in Brazil and the United States.

Passports and citizen cards were necessary to keep a record of the population movement both within the country and to overseas countries.

Emigration records are reliable because people had to present some sort of identification when applying for a passport. These records are important to find the residence and destination of ancestors.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Passport records usuallly contain the following information:

  • Name of principal
  • Age and physical description
  • Place of origin
  • Current residence
  • Date passport was issued

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To browse the collection by image:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Volume number and Years" 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.

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.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place Portugal, Coimbra items or FHL Keyword Portugal, Coimbra 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.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Maps of Coimbra

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

How You Can Contribute[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra.

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, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938.