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Pernambuco, Brazil
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil
Collection years: 1804-2014
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Language: Brasil, Pernambuco, Registro Civil
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What is in the Collection?

This collection incldues records of births, marriages, and deaths records created by various civil registration offices in the state of Pernambuco from 1804 to 2014. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional images and indexed records 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 details about the history of these records and help using them see the wiki article: Brazil Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records).

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Information in each record varies from year to year.

Birth records may include the following information:

  • Registration date and place
  • Informant's relationship and gender
  • Date, time, and place of birth
  • Child's name
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' civil status and residence
  • Mother's occupation and place of origin
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Father's occupation and place of origin
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may include the following information:

  • Date, time, and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom's age, civil status and occupation
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Birthplace of groom's parents
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Birthplace of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses, scribes, and judges

Death records may include the following information:

  • Name of informant
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Name, gender, and age of deceased (Keep in mind that the death record for women may be filed under her married name.)
  • Deceased's nationality, state of birth, and residence
  • Cause of death
  • Parents' names and their residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Burial place

How Do I Search the Collection?

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 relatives in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your relative in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your relative's first name, or some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search 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 "Civil Registration Office "
⇒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.

What Do I Do Next?

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

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view this lesson for free: Brazil Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Civil Registration Records - English

Once you have found your relative, it is useful to check and verify the following:

  • 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.

For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your relatives, 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.

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 area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.

Church Records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.

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.

Collection Citation:

“Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Corregedoria Geral da Justiça, Recife (Inspector General of Justice, Recife).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014.


Image Citation:

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, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014.



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