Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Paraíba, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil
Collection years: 1879-2007
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Paraíba, Registro Civil
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Paraíba General Justice Office, João Pessoa


What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records of births, marriages, and deaths created by various civil registration offices in the state of Paraíba from 1879-2007.

Additional images will be published as they become available.

Reading These Records

For help reading these Portuguese records see the following:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth Record

  • Registration date and place
  • Informant's relationship and gender
  • Date, time, and place of birth
  • Name of the child
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' civil status and residence
  • Mother's occupation and place of origin
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Father's occupation and place of origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Names, residence, and occupation of the parents

Marriage Record

  • Date, place and time of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom's age, civil status and occupation
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Birth place of groom's parents
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Birth place of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death Record

  • Date and place of registration
  • Registrant's name
  • Date, place and time of death
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Deceased's marital status and name of spouse
  • Deceased's origin and residence
  • Legitimacy
  • Cause of death
  • Names of deceased's parents and their residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial place

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records, their history, and help using them see the wiki article: Brazil Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Sample Images

Information in each record varies from year to year.

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

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Municipality
  2. Select Civil Registration Office
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • 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
  • The birth and/or age may also help you find the family in the Brazil Census
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Brazil Church Records are also a good substitute when civil records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Brazil Emigration and Immigration records

New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to 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. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Record Finder

Consult the Brazil Record Finder to find other records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Brasil, Paraíba, Registro Civil, 1879-2007." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 18 December 2017. Corregedor Geral da Justicia da Paraíba (Paraíba General Justice Office), João Pessoa.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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