Faial

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Faial is one of the Central Group of the islands. It is only 14 km across at its widest point and is 4 miles across the sea from Pico. The name means "beech tree" but the island's main trees are now the strawberry trees. Faial is sometmes called "The Blue Island" for the beautiful hydrangeas that grow there. 

Listed here by Freguesia, which is the village or town, are the names of the Churches and the years for which the LDS Church has microfilmed their records. Those films are available at your local Family History Center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Also, Azorean Church records are digitized and available online.

  • The easiest way to navigate to where the records are on the Centro De Conhecimento Dos Azores (CCA) site, is via the portal site, Tombo. The link for Tombo is listed below with the appropriate Freguesia.
    • Go to Tombo, https://tombo.pt
    • In the sidebar on the left, choose Azores.
    • Next, choose the island you want in the sidebar. Passports are on this page, as well, for the three ports of the Azores.
    • The next page lists the Concelhos (councils) for the island you picked. Choose the one you want.
    • Next, choose the Freguesia (village) from the sidebar.
    • Click on the Freguesias you are interested in. There are Baptismos (baptisms), Casementos (marriages) and Obitos (death records)
    • You will see the dates for each record type. When you find what you want, click the link (an example would be to click on the word Obitos for the date you want). 
    • The next screen brings up the record viewer with each record link listed on the left and controls for the viewer across the top.
    • Enjoy!
  • Centro De Conhecimento Dos Azores (CCA) site (digital copies of the original records). Be sure to note the Council name of the Freguesia 
    (village or town) you are interested in before going to the CCA site at http://www.culturacores.azores.gov.pt/ig/. Follow these steps to see the available parish records:
    1) click on PESQUISA DE REGISTOS PAROQUIAIS on the main page
    2) On that page,
    • Under Ilha (island) choose the island you want from the popup menu. The page will refresh...
    • From Concelho (council) choose the one you need. If you're not sure which Concelho, check the Map page on the Azores GenWeb for your island. It will show which Council each of the Freguesias are in. The page will refresh...
    • From Freguesia (parish/town) choose from the list
    • Click the Procurar button.
    • From there, just choose the type of records you want to see and the date range (there may be several pages), then click the link Ver. 


  • The CITCEM site housed at the University do Minho is a database only for Faial, Pico, Corvo, and Sao Jorge, as well as some locations in Portugal. It has all the freguesias of Faial EXCEPT Castelo Branco and Flamengos. 
    http://www.ghp.ics.uminho.pt/genealogias.html
    Click on the database you are interested in. On the next page, click on the half-circular arrow at the bottom that shows after this text:  "Clique aqui para aceder às Genealogias”  (click here to access genealogies.) If English is desired, then on the next page, click on the British flag.
  • New!!!  Flamengos Database, compiled by Martine FERRERE


Freguesia
(village
or town)

Concelho (Council)
Church Name
LDS Microfilmed Record Dates and Links to Online Records
Capelo Horta Santissima Trindade 1680-1886
Minho records

CCA records
Tombo

Castelo Branco
Horta Santa Catarina 1643 - 1892
CCA records
Tombo
Cedros Horta Santa Barbara 1628-1891
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Feteira Horta Divino Espirito Santo 1720-1886
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Flamengos Horta Nossa Senhora da Luz 1649 - 1892
CCA records
Tombo
Horta Horta Nossa Senhora da Conceicao 1705-1898
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Horta Horta Nossa Senhora das Angustias 1666-1897
Minho records

CCA records
Tombo
Horta Horta Sao Salvador (Matriz) 1653-1890
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Pedro Miguel Horta Nossa Senhora da Ajuda 1641-1891
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Praia do Almoxarife Horta Nossa Senhora da Graca 1703-1893
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Praia do Norte Horta Nossa Senhora das Dores 1840-1892
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Ribeirinha Horta Sao Mateus 1643-1891
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo
Salao Horta Nossa Senhora do Socorro 1728-1886
Minho records
CCA records
Tombo


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