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Rich collection of original research documents

The Library holds a rich collection of a wide variety of original research documents, ranging from hand – written letters from the private secretary of King D. Manuel II’s, to old photographs and documents related to long-standing English families in Portugal. These are currently all being catalogued for the archive. Please contact the Hon. Librarian for more information at


Richard Symington has researched Oporto British families dating back from the 12th Century to date, and has made available an impressively extensive “Forest of Family Trees” online.


This research contains the date of birth, marriage and death of British individuals who:

  • Were born in Oporto;
  • Were married in Oporto;
  • Came to live in Oporto;
  • Visited Oporto in one capacity or another;
  • Died in Oporto; and
  • Were connected to Oporto in some other way.

Forest of Family Trees

A small fee is charged to access the online Forest. The “Find” facility is a very useful tool to navigate the database, using an individual’s surname first, and then clicking on the “Find next” button to find the person in question. An idea of the vastness of the Forest can be obtained by going to the “View tab”, clicking on “Zoom” and then “Enter”, with, say, 10%.


The Forest can be accessed at:

The site also contains further information about Oporto, including a list of the names of:

  • English/Irish/British people,
  • People of other nationalities,
  • Anglican Chaplains, and
  • English/British Consuls.