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Record Description
Collection years: 1714-1888
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Registro de Sesmarias no Brasil
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What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1714-1888. The collection includes administrative documents surrounding the concession and confirmation of land grants (sesmarias) during the colonial and early-national periods. The records also include personal information such as names, birth dates, and places of origin, for some of Brazil's earliest immigrants who settled in what would become the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, and Sergipe. These records are currently housed in the National Archives in Rio de Janeiro.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full name
  • Family members
  • Residence
  • Dates of important life events

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records Brazil Census
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Church Records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records:

What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?[edit | edit source]

  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Brazil.

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