Basic Portuguese Paleography               

About the Guide

If you are interested in additional information to learn how to read old Portuguese handwriting for the purpose of extracting information from parish records, you may consult the Basic Portuguese Paleography manual. This resource provides basic principles, examples, and practice exercises. This manual was first published in 1978 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is now available for download on this website in PDF format.

To download individual chapters, click on the links below.


Preliminary Pages 
Chapter 1

Historical Notes
Chapter 2

The Alphabet
Chapter 3

Variations in Spelling
Chapter 4

Unfamiliar and Latin Terms
Chapter 5

Special Concerns
Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Names and Naming Customs
Chapter 8

Transcription of Characters

Annotated Bibliography​