I normally shy away from recommending such an obvious website in my Top Five, but it’s the best place to start researching forebears in unfamiliar territory. Go to the homepage then click ‘Search’, select ‘Records’ from the drop-down menu and click Europe on the ‘Research By Location’ map. A drop-down list of 29 locations will appear. Clicking ‘Portugal’, as an example, takes you to the dedicated research page. Here you’ll find a list of indexed collections and a series of ‘image only’ (ie unindexed) collections. You will also be shown links to relevant online courses in the website’s Learning Center, plus the Portugal Wiki.