Brazil, São Paulo, City of Franca, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Tips to Keep in Mind
- 6 I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes various municipal records from the city archive of Franca dated between 1891 and 1960. Original records are kept by the Historical Archives (Capitão Hipólito Antônio Pinheiro) in the city of Franca.
Reading These Records
These records are written in Portuguese. For help reading these records see the following:
This collection includes the following record groups:
- Burial registers
- Death certificates
- Alien registration cards
- Marriage banns
The information in each record varies by year.
Burial registers may contain the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of burial
- Plot location
Death certificates usually contain the following:
- Name, gender, and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
- Date and place of death
- Marital status/name of spouse
- Names of parents
- Date and place of burial
- Cause of death
Alien registration cards generally contain the following:
- Name of immigrant
- Immigrant’s country of origin
- Birth date and place
Civil marriage banns may contain:
- Names and ages of bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Birthplaces of groom and bride
- Names and ages of groom’s parents
- Names and ages of bride’s parents
- Who performed the marriage
- Names of witnesses
How Do I Search the Collection?
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.
See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.
If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
To search by image:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
What Do I Do Next?
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
Tips to Keep in Mind
When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
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.
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, Now What?
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.
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:
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Brazil.
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.
A citation will be available when the collection is published.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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