Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Registros de Imigração

What is in the Collection?

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 Rio de Janeiro from 1900-1965.

The records are written in Portuguese; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

Cards may include a picture of the immigrant. The years are neither in chronological nor alphabetical order.

== Collection Content ==

The information came directly from the immigrant or a traveling companion, usually a family member. Realize that incorrect information was sometimes given, and mistakes were occasionally made in recording the information.

Immigration cards may include the following information:

  • Complete name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Date and place of birth
  • Permanent of temporary stay
  • Nationality
  • Marital status
  • Parents’ names
  • Profession or occupation
  • Place of residence in country of origin
  • Names, ages and gender of children traveling under 18 years of age
  • Passport number with its date and place of issuance
  • Signature of the immigrant

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.

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 this collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Group"
⇒Select the appropriate "Digital GS Number which will take 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 wiki articles:

What do I do Next?

Once you are able to locate your ancestor, the card information will help you determine where he or she came from, the date and place of birth, and the parents’ names. This information will let you prepare a family group record for the family. You can then start searching in the records from the place of birth and residence for other members of the family.

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

Be sure and click on "View Image" to bring up the actual image; there is often additional information that might be valuable in your researching.

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

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.

General Information about These Records

The immigration registration was necessary to keep a record of all immigrants settling in the country. These records were used to track the movement and settlement of two groups: immigrants who came from countries other than Brazil, and migrants who moved from places within Brazil.

Related Websites

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Don't overlook FHL Place Brazil, Rio de Janeiro items or FHL Keyword Brazil, Rio de Janeiro items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Brazil Archives and Libraries.

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


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, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro [National Archives, Rio de Janeiro].

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, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965.

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, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965.