Researching in Azores and Portugal



The CCA or Centro de Conhecimento dos Açores
is the digital repository for most of the civil and ecclesiastical records from the nine islands that are part of the Azores archipelago.

If you need help translating or transcribing Portuguese records visit my Paleography page where I talk about Portuguese records and how translating and transcribing affects your research.

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Azores Parish Records (Pesquisa de Registros Paroquiais)

For birth, marriage and death records from the Catholic Church, from 1541 until 1911, click here:

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 from São Miguel and Santa Maria click on Ponta Delgada.


“Each Azorean Island is organized into one or more administrative districts, each being divided into parishes, known by their administrative name or by their patron saint….The original documents lie in the Public Libraries and Regional Archives of the Azores, in Ponta Delgada (S. Miguel), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira) and Horta (Faial).” 

Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge

Angra do Heroismo administrative region

Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo Regional Luis da Silva Ribeiro

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.

Santa Maria and São Miguel

Ponta Delgada administrative region

Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo Regional de Ponta Delgada

São Miguel and Santa Maria Islands
Largo do Colégio s/n - 9500-054 Ponta Delgada
Phone: (+351) 296 305 040 Fax (+351) 296 281 216

Information on how to request a copy of records:

Faial, Pico, Flores and Corvo

Horta administrative region 

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

Núcleo Cultural da Horta, Faial
Rua Eduardo Bulcão, s/n, 9900-116 HORTA

Other digital resources for researching Azores and Portugal records: 

Family Search

LDS Church website with links for Portugal Historic Archives.

Repositório Histórico

Portuguese Archives available online

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

Torre do Tombo is the Portuguese National Archives. 
Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo
Alameda da Universidade
1649-010 Lisbon, Portugal

Emigration - Portugal to Brazil

Arquivo Municipal Alfredo Pimenta 

Guimarães - Distrito de Braga

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.

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  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

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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,
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      Check the link for more information:
      Let me know if you need more information.
      Thank you for visiting my blog.

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