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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Macau, go to the Religious Records page.

Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Catholicism is a lasting legacy of the Portuguese colonial control of Macau.

The Catholic Church in Macau is organized through the Diocese of Macau, which follows the Roman (or Latin) Rite. This Catholic diocese was established on 23 January 1576 by Pope Gregory XIII, and is currently limited in extent to the territory of the Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of the People's Republic of China. [1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name



How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Macau.
b. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
c. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Portuguese and Chinese are official languages. Reportedly very few speak Portuguese. You will probably need to write to or email local priests to find records. Try writing in Portuguese using the Portuguese Letter-writing Guide for help with composing letters.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Catholicism is a lasting legacy of the Portuguese colonial control of Macau. The Catholic Church in Macau is organized through the Diocese of Macau, which follows the Roman (or Latin) Rite. This Catholic diocese was established on 23 January 1576 by Pope Gregory XIII, and is currently limited in extent to the territory of the Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of the People's Republic of China. Macau became a diocese of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century, after the arrival of the Portuguese. [2]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Leaders visited Macau in April 1964. A short time later, in July, the first two missionaries arrived, and the missionaries started holding worship meetings. Church meetings were suspended in December 1964 because the Church lacked a license from the Portuguese government to conduct religious activities. Legal recognition had still not been granted in September 1965, at which time the missionaries were banned from proselyting. Four full-time missionaries returned to Macau in September 1976 after a constitutional amendment had been passed allowing religions to hold meetings, teach, and preach. The Macau Branch (a small congregation) was organized in January 1977. The Macau Branch was divided in May 1998. Cantonese-speaking members attended the 1st Branch and English speakers attended the 2nd Branch. The Macau 3rd Branch was organized in March 2001 to serve the needs of the Mandarin speakers. Macau reverted from Portuguese to Chinese control in December 1999 but continued to enjoy religious freedom. Total Church Membership: 1,455. [3]

Anglican (Episcopal) Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Baptist Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Lutheran Church Records[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Macau", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Macau, accessed 1 April 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Macau", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Macau, accessed 1 April 2020.
  3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Macau, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Macau, accessed 1 April 2020.