From 1914-1942, the records' custodian was very careless. Thus, many records made
then are incomplete or inaccurate. However, most of the irregularities were in marriage
When the Portuguese Government learned of the condition of these records, it issued
a directive (Legislative Enactment No. 768) giving guidelines for corrections. Those
made under this directive are entered in the “Special Book”; the original entry in
the civil register was crossed out.
Certifications from this book show, for example, the source as “Special Book, Volume
2, Page 23, Entry 100.” The recordation is the date the record was entered in the