Researching in Azores and Portugal

The Azores archipelago with its nine islands is rich in historical records. These records are online making it easier to do your research and to find your family ancestors. If you need any additional information or help researching, translating and transcribing the Portuguese records, please feel free to send me a comment at the bottom of this page leaving your email address and name.


The historical archives in the Azores islands are online under the CCA website:

Centro de Conhecimento dos Açores - CCA

Azores Parish Records (Pesquisa de Registros Paroquiais)
For birth, marriage and death records from the Catholic Church, from 1541 until 1911, click here:

Researching Passports (Pesquisa de Passaportes)
For passports from Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge (since 1770) click on Angra do Heroismo;
for passports from Corvo, Pico, Faial and Flores (since 1836) click on Horta, and
for passports for São Miguel and Santa Maria click on Ponta Delgada.

All the original records are held in each respective library and archive, as follow:

Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo Regional de Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge Islands
Rua do Morrão, 42 - 9700-054 Angra do Heroísmo
Telefone: (+351) 295 401 000Fax: (+351) 295 401 009

Information on how to request copy of records:

Angra do Heroismo Digital Library

Genealogical Documents
Information for your genealogical research, including a list of those who immigrated to Brazil between the years of 1771-1774, as well as on the Flemish population.
São Miguel and Santa Maria Islands
Largo do Colégio s/n - 9500-054 Ponta Delgada
 (+351) 296 305 040 Fax (+351) 296 281 216

Information on how to request a copy of records:

Biblioteca Pública Arquivo Regional João José da Graça - Horta
Faial, Pico, Flores and Corvo Islands
Rua Walter Bensaúde, 14 - 9900-142 Horta
Phone: (+351) 292 208190 Fax: (+351) 292 208199 

Other resources for researching the online Azores and Portugal records:

Family Search
LDS Church website with links for Portugal Historic Archives.
Portugal and Azores districts and parishes

FamilySearch Wiki
Information on how to research Portuguese genealogy

Historical Atlas and Parishes
Website where you can re-create the parishes and historical territorial division in Portugal and Azores. If you want to locate the parish or religious division in Portugal and Azores, give a try on this tool, it is very useful. Maximize parts of the map to have smaller divisions and more detail.

CITCEM – Centro de Investigação Disciplinar


Genealogia FB
Genealogy resources

Online archives from Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal

Emmigration - Portugal to Brazil


Arquivo Municipal Alfredo Pimenta (Guimarães - Distrito de Braga – Portugal)

Other Portuguese historical archives

Aquivo Histórico Ultramarino

Archives from the Ministério Ultramar


  1. Hello Isabella,

    I am interested in having some birth records translated. Could you please tell me your fee for this. They are images of birth records from the website. At this time I have 4 records.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Sheri Fenley

  2. Sheri,

    Thank you so much for visiting and your interest in my services. Its great to know that you have ancestors in Azores too. I sent a message to your email, let me know if you received it.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  3. Hi Isabella
    Great offer service - thank you. We have two entries (baptism & marriage) from the Acores website also. Please let me know how much to translate.
    Kind regards

    1. Hello Murray,
      Thank you for enjoying what I offer at my blog. I wrote to you email regarding the translations. Did you receive the email?
      Looking forward to hearing from you,

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  6. I am looking for a church, Senhora da Piedade.I think its in Ponta Delgada. I can not find it. looking for church records. this church doesnot come up ? anybody know why?

    1. George,
      There is Nossa Senhora da Piedadde church in Ponta Garça, São Miguel.
      Check the link for more information:
      Let me know if you need more information.
      Thank you for visiting my blog.


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