Brazil Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Brazil Deaths, 1750-1890
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Record Description
Record Type: Deaths
Collection years: 1750-1890
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Mortes Brasil
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is in This Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1750 to 1890 for the country of Brazil. The earliest vital records in Brazil were made by the churches. The vast majority of Brazilian were Catholic and the local parish kept records. In 1860's the civil government began keeping vital records. A law was passed in 1850 requiring registration of deaths, however some areas of the country they did not begin keeping records until the 1920's.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections, please see the coverage table below to find which areas of the country are in this collection and the time periods.

Collection Content

In Brazil there two major types of cemetery records. First information recorded on gravestones. And second information recorded in cemetery sextons, municipal cemetery records, church year records, grave books and plot books. Civil cemetery records generally begin after 1840.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Baptisms, 1688-1935 Marriages, 1750-1890 Deaths, 1730-1955
Alagoas 11,685 21,234 0
Amazonas 3 1 0
Bahia 7,501 0 0
Brazil 137,736 202,199 26,849
Ceara 1 0 0
Espirito Santo 1 0 0
Maranhão 1,212 0 8,573
Mato Grosso 1 0 0
Minas Gerais 73,959 86,615 1
Pará 2 0 0
Paraíba 12,468 48,304 0
Parana 23,628 4,373 0
Pernambuco 4 23 0
Rio de Janeiro 13,211 1,463 0
Rio Grande do Norte 3 0 0
Rio Grande do Sul 138,453 59,274 3,293
Santa Catarina 26,829 18,218 0
Sao Paulo 73,141 33,284 5,014
Sergipe 8 0 0
Total 519,846 474,988 43,730

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information found in the death index to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery records
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Collection Citation

"Brasil Óbitos, 1750-1890." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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