di (autore) H. D. Cerqueira de Souza
One of the most important proceedings to emanate from the Council of Trent (1545-63), as part of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, was the decree to keep a thorough register of all baptisms, marriages and burials being performed in every parish. This practice, prevalent in Portugal until 1910, would generate one of the most prolific archives in history: the parish records. Its contents provide a multitude of information that exceeds its genealogical or family history interest, and allows us to dive into the complex social, ritual, economical and geographical connections. The aim of this book is to provide a clear transcript, in alphabetical order, of the oldest known records in deposit at the Braga District Archive (Arquivo Distrital de Braga) from the 59 parishes of the Municipality of Vila Verde (Minho, Portugal).