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Church Directories

A church directory lists church officials, dioceses, and parishes. There are many genealogical uses for church directories. They:

  • Provide a list of all the parishes in a diocese, so you can determine if your ancestor’s village had a parish church. Many directories list all villages belonging to a parish.
  • Sometimes provide the earliest dates for which the church records of each parish exist.
  • May include historical information about some parishes.
  • Usually group parishes by clerical district, so you can easily determine all neighboring parishes.
  • Provide the complete parish address as well as the address of the diocese headquarters and often the archives of the diocese where additional records may be kept.
  • Include an index of priests, brethren, and deacons.
  • Include an index of municipalities, states, and dioceses.

Online Church Directories

  • The Catholic Directory has a list of known diocese and parishes in Brazil, sorted by the town where the diocese/parish is located.
  • Anuário Católico do Brasil ($) The Catholic church directories for each diocese in Brazil are combined in the Anuário Católico do Brasil (Catholic Yearbook of Brazil) every two years from 1965 onwards. While information such as priests’ names and addresses may be out of date. The parish histories are still valid. The current directory can be ordered for a fee.

Church Directories at the Family History Library

Church directories are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under:

BRAZIL - CHURCH DIRECTORIES
BRAZIL, [STATE], [CITY OF DIOCESE] - CHURCH DIRECTORIES

The Family History Library has copies of the Anuário Católico do Brasil (Catholic Yearbook of Brazil) for 1960, 1970 to 1971, 1997, 2000, and 2005.

  • Anuário Católico do Brasil, 1960 (Catholic Yearbook of Brazil, 1960). Petrópolis: Editora Vozes, 1959. FHL 981 K24a, FHL 0962910.
  • Anuário Católico do Brasil, 1970–1971 (Catholic Yearbook of Brazil, 1970–1971). 2 vols. Rio de Janeiro: Fundação IBGE, 1972. FHL 981 K24r
  • Anuário Católico do Brasil, 2005 (Catholic Yearbook of Brazil, 2005). Rio de Janeiro: CERIS, 2005. FHL 981 K24a