Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Listas de Passageiros do Porto de São Salvador, Bahia, Brasil.

Record Description

This collection of passenger arrival lists into the port of São Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, includes the years 1855-1964.

The records are in Portuguese; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855-1961.

Record Content

Passenger lists may include the following information:

  • Name of passenger
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Port of destination
  • Port of embarkation
  • Sometimes place of origin or birth place

How to Use the Record

These records may be used to document your immigrant ancestor's trip to Brazil, but do not overlook the possibility of finding ancestors that were merely vacationing, visiting relatives, or traveling on business.

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The information was supplied by the immigrant and his identification documents. Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the immigration officer guessed at the spelling of foreign names.

You can use passenger lists to learn an immigrant’s place of origin, confirm their date of arrival, learn foreign names and their Portuguese translations, and find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Número de volume e anos" (Volume Number and Years) category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching: As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading these Records

These records are in Portuguese. For help reading the records see the following guides:

Using the Information

If just the country is given, use the last name to search for your ancestor and his/her family in his/her home country; this is called a surname search and helps to pinpoint what cities/provinces/states were the hometowns of families.

Also, use the last name to search for any possible relatives that may have traveled after or before your ancestor.

Tips to Keep in Mind

These type-written records may have been transcribed from hand-written lists. So errors may be found in the spellings of names.

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Remember that your ancestor's name may be spelled according to the new country's native language or the language of your ancestor's home country.

Clerks may have written/spelled the name of your ancestor as they heard it, not as it is spelled in your ancestor's native language. Learn about pronunciation of your ancestor's native language.

The port your ancestor departed from may not be his/her hometown.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

If you think your ancestor may have immigrated to Brazil and you cannot find him/her in this collection, then check the records of other ports in Brazil. Information on these other ports can be found here, Brazil Emigration and Immigration.

General Information about These Records

The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to cross-examine each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in Brazil. As immigrants arrived to the port of Salvador, they were registered by the Agência Central de Imigração (Central Agency for Immigration).

Passenger lists were issued at time of embarkation to account and document all passengers traveling on board a ship. On arrival at the destination, these passenger lists were used to register each passenger as they disembarked.

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Citation for This Collection

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855-1961.


The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855-1961." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Public Archives, Salvador, Brazil.