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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Brazil genealogical research exist. Many genealogical and historical societies publish magazines and newsletters. The articles in these periodicals often include the following:

  • Family genealogies and pedigrees
  • Helpful articles on research methodology
  • Transcripts or indexes of biographical sketches, censuses, church records, migration lists, military records, obituaries, wills, vital records, and more
  • Historical background
  • Current and historical maps
  • Information about local and national records, archives, and services
  • Interesting articles about social life and customs
  • Book advertisements and book reviews
  • Advertisements of professional researchers
  • Queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

These are usually in Portuguese. Much of their content is devoted to compiled genealogies of local families. They also are an excellent place to publish queries or advertisements for a lost ancestor from Brazil.

  • Boletim (Bulletin) 1955-. 4 vols. Published by S.l.: O Colégio. FHL book 981 B2c. The text is in Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • Origens: boletim informativo do Instituto Genealógico do Rio Grande do Sul 1988-. (Origins: Bulletin of the Rio Grande do Sul Genealogical Institute). Published by Porto Alegre, Brasil: O Instituto, 1988–. FHL book 981.65 D25o.
  • Revista do Instituto de Estudos Genealógicos (Institute of Genealogical Studies Review) 1937-1943. 7 vols. Published by São Paulo: Instituto de Estudos Genealógicos. FHL book 981 B2r.
  • Revista genealógica brasileira (Brazilian Genealogical Review) 1940-1948. 18 pts. Published by São Paulo: Instituto Genealógico Brasileiro. FHL book 981 B2b, also on films 0962536, 0973038-0973040.

A helpful list of periodicals published in Brazil is:

  • Periódicos brasileiros em microformas: catálogo coletivo 1984-. Brazilian Periodicals in Microform: Catalog Collection. Published by Rio de Janeiro: Biblioteca Nacional. FHL book 981 B23p.

Obtaining Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Major archives with genealogical collections will have copies of many periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve. The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI is available online and is especially useful because it refers to countless items published in thousands of family history periodicals worldwide. Learn more at the PERSI wiki page here:

  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987-. (Family History Library book 973 D25per; 40 fiche 6016863 (1847-1985); 15 fiche 6016864 (1986-1990). Partially indexes over 5,000 family history periodicals. The microfiche indexes are cumulative; book indexes since 1986 are year-by-year. For further details see the PERiodical Source Index Resource Guide (34119).
  • Find My Past Researchers can use the Internet edition of this index at Family History Centers via their site.

Once you locate an article in a periodical, check the FamilySearch Catalog and regional or local libraries for available copies. The Family History Library has collected many periodicals, with some available in digital format and accessible online. Brazil periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Brazil-Periodicals. They can also be found by using:

  • Place Search of the country, state/province, and county
  • Title Search of the periodical
  • Keyword Search for the publishing society name.

Also find Periodical resources available at other libraries via WorldCat. As with the FamilySearch Catalog search, search WorldCat using society names, locality names, and periodical title names. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog on our Wiki pages.