Connect with Your Brazilian Roots


Do you have a familybrigadeiro recipe or love Brazilian cheese bread? Or maybe some of your ancestors came from Brazil but you don’t know much about them?

Knowing the history of our ancestors’ lives,the places where they lived, what they believed in, their customs, the occupation they had, and so on connects us to them, reinforcing our roots and helping us understand who we are.

Read more about how to find your family from Brazil, connect with your Brazilian heritage, cook Brazilian food, and even learn about dual citizenship.

Searching for Your Ancestors

FamilySearch International offers free family history services online and access to its genealogical database. On, you can track down your family names in historical records, work on your family tree with your family, preserve memories, and more.

August 24, 2019
The easiest way to begin your Brazil genealogy is to start with your own documents and what you already know. You might know the full names …
August 27, 2019
Three main types of historical records can help you learn about your Brazilian ancestors. These records contain valuable information about y…

Learning about Your Ancestors

Since the beginning of its Portuguese colonization, Brazil has received people from all over the world. The Spanish, Dutch, and French, as well as Italians and Scandinavians were peoples who came to Brazil during the colonial period.

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Brazil historical timeline from 1500 to 1985.

The influence of these different immigration cycles is the diversity and multiplicity of Brazil, which you can see today in the language, beliefs, behavior, customs, religion, folklore, and cuisine of Brazil, as well as in other ways.

October 12, 2019
Ah, Brazil—a truly special country! Many Brazilians have left Brazil, but Brazil has never left them. Our culture, our music, our language a…
September 16, 2019
by Jorge Todeschini and Claudia Brandão If you ask any Brazilian what the most common last name in Brazil is, for sure the answer will be “S…

Do You Have Ancestors Who Left Brazil? has records from Brazil and all around the world! Search for your ancestor’s name in historical records and learn more about your roots.

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Graphic showing Brazil emigration around the world.

Find Out if You Are Eligible for Brazilian Dual Citizenship

December 14, 2019
If your parents came from Brazil or if you were born on Brazilian soil, you might be eligible for Brazilian dual citizenship. If your ancest…

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