Guide to Brazil ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Country Information[edit | edit source]
Brazil is a country in South America bordered by French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. It was formerly a colony of Portugal. The official language is Portuguese.
Getting Started[edit | edit source]
Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Brazil[edit | edit source]
- Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
- If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Brazil Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.
Online Gazetteers for Finding Your Ancestors' State and Municipality in Brazil[edit | edit source]
Once you know the town your ancestors lived in, use one of these these gazetteers to find out the state of that town. If the town is small or just a village, the gazetteer will also tell you the municipality if belongs to. You will need to know the municipality to find civil registration records.
- 1991 Ornithological Gazetteer of Brazil, A-L (mis-labeled A-M), also at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
- 1991 Ornithological Gazetteer of Brazil, M-Z, also at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
- Cadastro de cartórios do Registro Civil 1981, restricted online except at Family History Centers.
Brazil Clickable Map[edit | edit source]
Brazil is a republic comprised of 26 states and a federal district (Distrito Federal), which comprises the capital city of Brasilia.
States[edit | edit source]
Many of Brazil's records are kept at the state and local level and may include civil registrations, censuses, inventories and wills, land records, notarial records, and military records to name a few. States are also divided into counties, and the cities and towns 'municipios' are in the counties, it is possible that a city, especially the larger ones such as Recife and São Paulo , may have a number of counties in them since a state like São Paulo can have over 200 counties.
- Distrito Federal Includes Brasília
- Espírito Santo
- Mato Grosso
- Mato Grosso do Sul
- Minas Gerais
- Rio de Janeiro
- Rio Grande do Norte
- Rio Grande do Sul
- Santa Catarina
- São Paulo Includes the City
FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]
Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
- Facebook Communities - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
- FamilySearch Historical Record Collections
- Family History Center locator map
- Brazil Beginning Research
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Brazil," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil, accessed 24 March 2016.