There are a few societies and organizations that may have information that will be valuable to you. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support its efforts.
There are a few genealogical societies that emphasize Brazilian research. Most of these societies publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies and may have special indexes, collections, and projects. They may publish queries about Brazilian ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in the immigrants to a specific area.
The Instituto Genealógico Brasileiro is actively involved in genealogy and may help you pursue your progenitors. For more information, write to:
Instituto Genealógico Brasileiro
Rua Sete de Abril, 230
01044-000 São Paulo, SP
Tel.: (11) 257-4840
Historical societies can be valuable sources of information on Brazil. Some may have information about specific Brazilian individuals. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Brazil that may be difficult to find in libraries and archives. You may be interested in the services, activities, and collections of:
Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Brasileiro
Avenida Augusto Severo 8 - Glória
20021-040 Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The addresses of over 100 ethnic heritage historical societies in North America are given in:
Smith, Betty P. Directory, Historical Societies and Agencies in the United States and Canada. 13th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1986. (FHL book Ref 970 H24d)