Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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|Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Flag of the Federative Republic of Brazil|
|Location of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Title in the Language:||Brasil, Rio Grande do Sul, Registros Diversos|
|Rio Grande do Sul State Archives, Porto Alegre|
- 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 Tips to Keep in Mind
- 7 What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 8 General Information about These Records
- 9 Known Issues with This Collection
- 10 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
- 11 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
The collection contains slave records, notarial records, and copies of some of the state's civil registration from the Arquivo Público do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul for the years 1748-1998.
The records are written in Portuguese; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998.|
The information in each record varies by year.
Birth records may include the following information:
- Name of child
- Child's birth date and place
- Gender and race
- Parents' names
- Paternal grandparents' names
- Maternal grandparents' names
- Name of informant
- Names of witnesses
Declarations and marriage records (habilitações de casamentos) usually include the following information:
- Date and place of event
- Names of bride and groom
- Groom's date of birth
- Groom's civil status, origin, and occupation
- Parents' names and birth dates
Death records usually include the following information:
- Date and place of registration
- Name of informant
- Date, time, and place of death
- Cause of death
- Name, sex, age, and race of the deceased
- Name, residence, and occupation of parents
- Burial place
Slave records may include the following information:
- Name, origin, age and race of the slave
- Name of the slave owner
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 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.
To search by image:
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Municipality" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Years" 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.
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:
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998. Click on camera icon to see images.
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.
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
Tips to Keep in Mind
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.
What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring. 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.
Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records: Brazil Emigration and Immigration.
General Information about These Records
Generally, the registration of civil records was created in books sequentially numbered and preceded by a letter, according to the type of registry: “A” for births, “B” for Marriages and “B-Aux” for religious marriages with civil effect, “C” for death, and “E” for other type of registry. The civil records of birth, marriage, and deaths are usually listed in chronological order by the date of registration. The older registry books were handwritten in narrative style, but the newer and current registries are handwritten in formatted records. These civil records include a vast of reliable information for doing family history research after 1888.
Known Issues with This Collection
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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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, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Arquivo Publico do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State Archives, Porto Alegre).
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, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998.