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Portuguese Paleography

Reading the old Portuguese records can be a difficult and frustrating experience. You will be looking at very old handwriting that has many differences in style from the more modern handwriting of current records. Some of the problems you will encounter include:

But, the good news is that these records CAN be read. With a little help and a little knowledge, you can be searching for your ancestors in the old church records in no time at all. Oh, did I mention patience and perseverance? They are a necessary requirement, as well. The help and the knowledge parts, I can attempt to provide. For the rest, you're on your own! :)

An essential resource to help you learn to read the records is now online at It is the complete Basic Portuguese Paleography. These are PDF files. Links to the four sections of it are given below: