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Brasil, São Paulo, Cartões de Imigração
This collection contains immigration cards issued by Brazilian consulates around the world. These cards were then presented at the port of entry by foreigners visiting or immigrating to Brazil through the port of Santos in São Paulo from 1902-1980. These records are housed at the Arquivo Público do Estado de São Paulo.
The records are in Portuguese; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
Additional images will be published as they become available.
Immigration cards may contain the following information:
- Name of immigrant
- Date and place of immigration
- Family members (including parents)
- Birth information
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.
Read this article to help you search names 5 Ways to Win the Name Game
Search the Collection
To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Letter"
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname" 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 with, 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.
- Immigration in Brazil
- Immigrants in Sao Paulo
- Brazil Research Outline
- Brazil Research Help
- National Archives of Brazil
- Museum of Immigration
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- “Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Public Archives, São Paulo, Brazil.
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