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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1616-1980
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Registros da Igreja Católica
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Paróquias Católicas, Rio di Janeiro (Catholic Church parishes, Rio di Janeiro)


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records are in Portuguese. This collection will include baptism, marriage, and burial records created by various Catholic parishes and diocese in the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1616 to 1980.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these Portuguese records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Catholic Church Records, 1616-1980.

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

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptism records

  • Date of baptism
  • Place of baptism
  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

Marriage records

  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Names of groom and bride
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Groom's age, baptism date, and residence
  • Groom's legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride’s place of birth
  • Bride's age, baptism date, and residence
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnesses' names

Burial records

  • Date and place of registration
  • Registrant's name
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind
that death records for women may be
filed under their married name)
  • Deceased's marital status/name of spouse
  • Deceased's origin and residence
  • Legitimacy
  • Cause of death
  • Names of deceased's parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial place

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see the wiki article: Brazil Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Municipality
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • 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
  • The birth and/or age may also help you find the family in the Brazil Census
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

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

  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Brazil Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • Your ancestor might have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas Brazil Emigration and Immigration cannot be found or are unavailable
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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