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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Paroquiais da Igreja Católica em Brasil
Collection Time Period
This collection of parish registers covers the years 1835-1966.
The records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials are bound in separate registers. Most records follow the same format; in earlier years, however, the records were written in narrative form and later in formatted records. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read. However, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Catholic Church records begun in Brazil with the arrival of the ministers from Portugal. Parish priests performed the sacraments of baptisms and marriages and other holy sacraments in the parish under their jurisdiction. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive and a duplicate copy was sent to the diocesan archive.
The key genealogical facts found in most baptisms records are:
- Date of baptism (Select image to enlarge)
- Name of child
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Parents' names
- Godparents' names
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- Date of marriage (Select image to enlarge)
- Place of marriage
- Witnesses’ names
- Names of groom and bride
- Groom and bride’s marital status
- Groom’s age
- Groom’s legitimacy
- Groom’s mother
- Bride’s age
- Residence of bride’s parents
The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:
- Date of death (Select image to enlarge)
- Place of death
- Name of deceased
- Deceased marital status and spouse’s name
- Deceased legitimacy
- Father’s name
- Deceased age
- Burial place
How to Use the Records
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Brazil. These may also be the only available records before the implementation of the civil registration in about 1888. These records may include other family information that will help in the research for other generations. In order to find an entry in this collection, it is necessary to know first the place where the ancestors lived, the year, and his/her name.
Why the Record Was Created
Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, burials, and other ordinances.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in all of Brazil.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citation for This Collection
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Digital images of original records are housed in diocesan archives and local parish archives throughout Brazil.
If you would like to see more citations of the Brazil Catholic Church Records, please follow these two links:
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Luz (Luz, Minas Gerais). Registros paroquiais, 1835-1966.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Campanha (Campanha, Minas Gerais). Registros paroquiais, 1763-1980.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Divinópolis (Divinópolis, Minas Gerais). Registros paroquiais, 1793-1975.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Oliveira (Oliveira, Minas Gerais). Registros paroquiais, 1800-1984.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Amargosa (Amargosa, Bahia). Registros paroquiais, 1805-1950.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Apucaraná (Apucaraná, Paraná). Registros paroquiais, 1942-1991.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Palmares (Palmares, Pernambuco). Registros paroquiais, 1786-1969.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Estância (Estância, Sergipe). Registros paroquiais, 1790-1980.
- Igreja Católica. Arquidiocese de Aparecida (Aparecida, São Paulo). Registros paroquiais, 1720-1980.
- Igreja Católica. Arquidiocese de Belém (Belém, Pará). Registros paroquiais, 1795-1955.
- Igreja Católica. Diocese de Propriá (Propriá, Sergipe). Registros
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- “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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