Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1714-1977
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Santa Catarina, Registros da Igreja Católica
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What Is In This Collection?

This collection will include baptism, marriage, and death records created by various Catholic parishes and diocese in the state of Santa Catarina from 1714-1977. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection.

Reading These Records

The records are written in Portuguese. For help reading the records, see the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.

Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available.

For additional details about these records and help using them see the wiki article: Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Baptism records generally include the following information:

  • Date of baptism
  • Place of baptism
  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Names of groom and bride
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Groom's age, baptism date, and residence
  • Groom's legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride’s place of birth
  • Bride's age, baptism date, and residence
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnesses' names

Death records usually include:

  • Date and place of registration
  • Registrant's name
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Deceased's marital status/name of spouse
  • Deceased's origin and residence
  • Legitimacy
  • Cause of death
  • Names of deceased's parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial place

Collection Content

The information found in each record varies by year.

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How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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

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  1. Select Municipality
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading these Records

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

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?

  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • For 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.
  • 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.
  • Civil Registration records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
  • Brazil Civil Registration- Vital Records
  • Brazil Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  • Your ancestor may have 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

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
“Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Paróquias Católicas, Santa Catarina [Catholic Church parishes, Santa Catarina].
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