Brazil Notarial Records
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Notarial records are records that were recorded and verified by a notary. For information prior to church records and civil records, the notarial records are the primary source for information on individuals’ private lives.
Notary records in Brazil date back to 1549. The books kept by the notaries include various types of legal documents such as wills, codicils, land transactions, powers of attorney, contracts, dowry arrangements, bonds, mortgages, complaints, and so on. Books are generally organized chronologically under the name of the notary.
These records have not been heavily used because of the hours it takes to go page by page through numerous, unindexed volumes. However, to those willing to search these records there may be valuable information that will help you trace your family back to earlier generations.
Notarial Records at the Family History Library
There are limited notarial collections at the Family History Library. They can be found by doing a Subjects search in the [ FamilySearch Catalog] for BRAZIL - NOTARIAL. These records include:
- Alcantâra (Maranhão). Registros notariais, 1774-1826. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996. FHL 1998553 Item 4.
- Arquivos cartórios de Curitiba. Curitiba, Brazil : [Papelaria Requião Ltda.], 1971. FHL 973037 Item 6.
- Bezerros (Pernambuco). Registro Civil. Registros civis : Bezerros, 1873-2001, Libros de Notas. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988-2001. FHL 1532650 Items 7-9.
- Capitania de Rio Grande do Norte. Registros governamentais e notariais, 1731-1891. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988-2001. FHL 2124214 Items 4-6.
- Capitania de Rio Grande do Norte. Registros governamentais e notariais, 1731-1891. Filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988-2001. FHL 2124214 Items 4-6.
Notarial Records at Brazilian Archives
Notarial records are housed in the public archives (arquivos públicos) throughout Brazil (see Brazil Archives and Libraries). No inventories or catalogs have been published for these records, but some archives may have created card indexes or surveys of the books in their holdings.