Brazil, Land Grant Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Collection years: 1714-1888
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registro de Sesmarias no Brasil
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What Is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1714-1888.

The collection includes administrative documents surrounding the concession and confirmation of land grants (sesmarias) during the colonial and early-national periods. The records also include personal information such as names, birth dates, and places of origin, for some of Brazil's earliest immigrants who settled in what would become the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, and Sergipe. These records are currently housed in the National Archives in Rio de Janeiro.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Portuguese. For help reading these records see the following:

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Land grant records may contain the following information:

  • Full name
  • Family members
  • Residence
  • Dates of important life events

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records Brazil Census
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Church Records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records:

What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.


Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Brazil, Land Grant Records, 1714-1888." Images. FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Arquivo National do Rio de Janeiro [Rio de Janeiro National Archives, Rio de Janeio].}}

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