Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registros civis do Estado de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.

Record Description

This collection contains copies of some of the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The coverage is incomplete because the collection at the Arquivo Público do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul is incomplete.

This collection of civil records includes the period years 1890-1977. The collection contains digital images of civil registrations of birth, marriage and death from civil registry offices (cartórios) in the [state name] State, Brazil. Generally, the registration of civil records was created in books sequentially numbered and preceded by a letter, according to the type of registry: “A” for births, “B” for Marriages and “B-Aux” for religious marriages with civil effect, “C” for death, and “E” for other type of registry. The civil records of birth, marriage, and deaths are usually listed in chronological order by the date of registration. The older registry books were handwritten in narrative style, but the newer and current registries are handwritten in formatted records. These civil records include a vast of reliable information for doing family history research after 1888. Additional images will be added to this published collection as they become available.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:

  • Name of parish
  • Name of person making the registration
  • Date, time, and place of birth
  • Name of the child
  • Color/race and sex of the child
  • Names, residence, and occupation of the parents
  • Names and residence of grandparents
  • Names of witnesses

Key genealogical facts found in most marriage records (habilitações de casamentos) are:

  • Date, place and time of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom place of origin and residence
  • Parents names, their residence, age, and civil status
  • Names, age, and residence of the witnesses

Key genealogical facts found in most death records are:

  • Date and place of registration
  • Name of person making the registration
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Name of doctor and the cause of death
  • Name, sex, age, and race of the deceased
  • Name, residence, and occupation of parents
  • Burial place

How to Use the Record

The civil registration records in Brazil are an excellent way to find information about births, marriages and deaths.

Select the locality and time period that is most likely to include your ancestors. When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. A few examples of how information you find may lead you onward are:

  • The marriage date and place may lead you to birth records for the couple’s children.
  • The birth date, place and locality or age of a bride or groom in a marriage record may help you find the couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • The date, locality and name of the deceased might help you find more family members in that area.

Additional Information about Brazil civil registration

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try looking in the [1] Brazil, Catholic Church Records].

Additional Information about locating civil registration records

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Citation for This Collection

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

Municipal Offices of the Civil Registry in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Civil registry archive collection. Arquivo Publico do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Allegre

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Examples for Records Found in a FamilySearch Historical Collection

Example for a Browsed Collection:

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.

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