Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil
Collection years: 1829-2012
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Registro Civil
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What Is In This Collection?

This collection includes civil records of births, marriages, deaths with corresponding indexes created by various civil registration offices in the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1829 to 2012. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Earlier records are completely handwritten. Later records are handwritten on pre-typed forms. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available.

Reading These Records

The records are written in Portuguese. 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, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829 - 2012.

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

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth records may include the following information:

  • Registration date and place
  • Informant's relationship and gender
  • Date, time, and place of birth
  • Child's name
  • 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

Marriage records may include the following information:

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

Death records may include the following information:

  • Name of informant
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Name, gender, and age of deceased (Keep in mind that the death record for women may be filed under her married name.)
  • Deceased's nationality, state of birth, and residence
  • Cause of death
  • Parents' names and their residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial place

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view this lesson for free: Brazil Beginning

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

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


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

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 lived 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.

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

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring. 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.
  • Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  • Brazil Church Records
  • Your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records: Brazil Emigration and Immigration

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

“Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Corregedor Geral da Justicia, Rio de Janeiro [Inspector General of Justice Offices, Rio de Janeiro].
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