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Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Registro de Sesmarias no Brasil.

Record Description

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.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content

Land grant records may contain the following information:

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

How to Use the Record

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 Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "_____________" category
⇒ Select the "_____________" category
⇒ Select the "_____________" 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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Other Searches

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Don't overlook FHL Place Brazil items or FHL Keyword Brazil items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Brazil Archives and Libraries.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citations for this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Brazil, Land Grant Records, 1714-1888." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Arquivo National do Rio de Janeiro [Rio de Janeiro National Archives, Rio de Janeio].

Image Citation

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.

 

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