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Portuguese-American Genealogy

A guide on some resources for those interested in Portuguese-American genealogy.

Portuguese-American Genealogy

We mentioned on the first page that the type of records genealogists are most often concerned with are vital records. This is true, however a uniquely difficult part of doing international genealogical research is that frequently the vital records are in a language you are familiar with. Similarly, the naming conventions and other customs can be completely different than what we are used to. It is for this reason that we do not recommend jumping right into the vital records either. There are a lot of really great resources designed to help people who do not speak or read the language do genealogical research. We highly recommend that you start there. One of the most comprehensive is the Family Search Wiki devoted to Portuguese Genealogy. Additionally, we have highlighted their digital collections as well, which you can find by clicking through to their Wiki. If you are just getting started this is where you will find answers.

If you are ready to start looking for vital records see our Vital Records section for more information. 

Immigration Records

While it is possible to find immigration information from a wide variety of sources, it is important to remember that information may not be available for all of your relatives.

Other Sources of Information

The following are a few general websites that may be helpful.  

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