Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962 .
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|Location of Maranhão, Brazil|
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 For Help Reading These Records
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
This collection will include baptism, marriage, and burial records created by various Catholic parishes and diocese in the state of Maranhão from the years 1673-1962.
Additional images will be published as they become available.
The records are written in Portuguese; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
For additional details about these records and help using them see the wiki article: Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962.|
The priest maintained records at the parish level. The Archdiocese of São Luís is in Maranhao.
The information found in each record varies by year.
Baptism records generally include the following information:
Marriage records may include the following:
Burial records usually include:
How Do I Search the Collection?
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.
Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.
If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To Browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years", 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:
What Do I Do Next?
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner 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.
- The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- 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.
- Use the marital status to identify previous marriages.
- Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962. Click on camera icon to see images.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?
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.
Civil Registration records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
- Brazil Civil Registration- Vital Records
- Brazil Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records:
Citing This Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- “Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Arquivo da Arguidiocese de São Luís do Maranhão, São Luís [Archive of Archdiocese of São Luís do Maranhão, São Luís].
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.
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