Brazil Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Brazil Baptisms, 1688-1935 .
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Record Description
Record Type: Baptisms
Collection years: 1688-1935
Languages: Portuguese
Title in the Languages: Batismo Brasil
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is in the Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1688 to 1935 for the country of Brazil. The earliest vital records in Brazil were made by the churches. The vast majority of Brazilian were Catholic and the local parish kept records. In 1860's the civil government began keeping vital records. A law was passed in 1850 requiring registration of births, however some areas of the country they did not begin keeping records until the 1920's.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections, please see the coverage table below to find which areas of the country are in this collection and the time periods.

Collection Content

Children were generally baptized within a few days of birth. Baptismal records usually give the place and date of baptism and birth, infant's name and parents' names. If the child died within a few days of baptism, the death information may also be included.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Baptisms, 1688-1935 Marriages, 1750-1890 Deaths, 1730-1955
Alagoas 11,685 21,234 0
Amazonas 3 1 0
Bahia 7,501 0 0
Brazil 137,736 202,199 26,849
Ceara 1 0 0
Espirito Santo 1 0 0
Maranhão 1,212 0 8,573
Mato Grosso 1 0 0
Minas Gerais 73,959 86,615 1
Pará 2 0 0
Paraíba 12,468 48,304 0
Parana 23,628 4,373 0
Pernambuco 4 23 0
Rio de Janeiro 13,211 1,463 0
Rio Grande do Norte 3 0 0
Rio Grande do Sul 138,453 59,274 3,293
Santa Catarina 26,829 18,218 0
Sao Paulo 73,141 33,284 5,014
Sergipe 8 0 0
Total 519,846 474,988 43,730

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Collection Citation:

"Brazil, Baptisms, 1688-1935." Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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