Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Piauí, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil
Collection years: 1875-2013
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Pernambuco, Registro Civil
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Related Websites
Piauí State Archives, Teresina

What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes digital images of civil registrations of birth, marriage, and death from civil registry offices (cartórios) in the Piauí State, Brazil from 1875-2013.

Additional images will be added to this published collection as they become available.

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

Reading These Records

These records are written in Portuguese; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information in each record varies from year to year. The following may be found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Name of parish Date and place of marriage Date and place of registration
Name of person making the registration Names of the bride and groom Name of person making the registration
Date and place of birth Declaring witnesses’ names Date and place of death
Child’s name Groom’s parents’ names Name of deceased
Parents’ names Groom’s birth date and place of birth Age of deceased
Parental grandparents’ names Groom’s profession or occupation Cause of death
Maternal grandparents’ names Bride’s name (may be a previous married name) Parents’ names
Names of witnesses Burial place

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. 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.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Portuguese records, see the following wiki articles:

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view this lesson for free: Brazil Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Civil Registration Records - English

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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your relatives, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names. This can also help you 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.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • 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.
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages.
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

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

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.
  • Church Records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable. Check Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) and Brazil Church Records for more information.

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Brazil, Piaui,Civil Registration,1875-2013." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Piauí Arquivos do Estado, Teresina [Piauí State Archives, Teresina].
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