Lowell’s Portuguese immigration were required to provide “proof-of-age” documents to the Lowell School Department. These documents determined whether young Portuguese children Would go to school or work. Hundreds of these baptismal certificates, passports, and visas Survived. They offer detailed information such as: names, places of birth, relations, and dates of entry. They also included: names of transport ships, ports of arrival, and sometimes small photographs. Most of these documents were translated by the clergy and staff at St. Anthony’s Parish.