Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and browsable images of baptism, marriage, and death records in Santarem, Portugal. Some parish records from the district of Viana do Castelo are included in this collection.

The original images are written in Portuguese and may require Portuguese language and handwriting helps:

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[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Learn from these Church Records?[/su_heading]

These Portugal baptism records may include:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender of the child
  • Age or date of birth
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence or places of origin
  • Names of Paternal and Maternal grandparents
  • Witnesses’ names or godparents and their civil status and occupation

These Portugal marriage records may include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom’s name
  • Groom’s age, date of birth, and place of birth
  • Groom’s date and place of baptism
  • Groom’s occupation, civil status, and origin
  • Groom’s parents’ names
  • Bride’s name
  • Bride’s age, date of birth, and place of birth
  • Bride’s date and place of baptism
  • Bride’s occupation, civil status, and origin
  • Bride’s parents’ names
  • Witnesses’ names, their civil status, and occupation

These Portugal Burial records may include:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation and Marital Status of the deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Civil Status, place of origin, and residence of the deceased
  • Parents’ of the deceased names, occupations, and their places of origin
  • Date and place of burial

[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Do with Baptism, Marriage, and Burial Records?[/su_heading]

If you find someone in these vital records you can:

  • Search the collection for every family member
  • Record all information for each member of the family
  • Use the age and place of burial to try to find civil birth, marriage, or death records for this person
  • Visit the FamilySearch Wiki for Portugal Research Strategies beyond vital records-it has many great tips



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