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1 Genealogy Research in Portugal & Brazil Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World Ana Ghia-Pereira Ottawa Stake Family History Center May 26, 2007

2 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 2 Vital Records in Portugal Council of Trent (1564) mandates that priests keep a records of all baptisms, marriages and deaths in the parish Until 1911 records are kept by the Church After 1911 all records become the responsibility of Civil registration Offices Records are not indexed

3 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 3 Vital Records in Portugal (cont.) Access –Access to Portuguese vital records is not restricted. –Current records can be obtained, by anyone, for a fee. –Can be requested online Where from? –Civil Registry Offices Records from 1912 until today –National Archives and District Archives Records prior to 1911

4 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 4 Information contained in Vital Records Baptism: –Name, date and parish of birth and baptism, names of parents, grandparents and godparents and where they’re from Marriage: –Name, date and parish of marriage, names and ages of bride and groom, names of parents and godparents and where they’re from. Death: –Name, date and parish where death occurred, name and age of deceased, status, name of husband/wife if known, cause of death.

5 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 5 Requesting vital records Archives –Books with last record at least 90 years old –You can check the records yourself –About 80% available in microfilm –It is faster if parish is known –Photocopies provided at very low cost Civil Registry Offices –Records from 1912 to today –You have to request a certificate –Expensive: about $25 per certificate –You must know the parish and the year

6 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 6 Requests Online Certidões Online –http://www.portaldocidadao.pt/PORTAL/pt/certidoes_online/http://www.portaldocidadao.pt/PORTAL/pt/certidoes_online/ –Need to provide: Name Date or at least year of birth, marriage, death Parish where it happened Parents names, if known –Cost Eu$16.65 (about $25) –Very fast turnaround –Make sure you ask for a “cópia integral” (full copy) and in the comments ask for a photocopy of the record, otherwise the transcription will not include all data

7 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 7 Birth certificate (recent)

8 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 8 Birth record (from microfilm)

9 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 9 Research Online - Portugal Gene Web Roglo –http://geneweb.inria.fr/roglo?lang=enhttp://geneweb.inria.fr/roglo?lang=en A database of 2 million persons. Contains trees from all over Europe. Many well known Portuguese genealogists contributed info. Braga District Archive –http://www.adb.uminho.pt/index.htmhttp://www.adb.uminho.pt/index.htm Searchable database on the contents of 37,800 records of seminarians. Dates: Name of person, parentage; where from and references to other processes. Porto District Archive –http://www.adporto.org/http://www.adporto.org/ In collaboration with the Genealogical society of Utah, making available online images of parish records. NEPS (University of Minho, Portugal) –http://www.neps.ics.uminho.pt/index.htmlhttp://www.neps.ics.uminho.pt/index.html Several databases from various parishes in the north of Portugal. Not intuitive to use. Uses rolo software but leading pages are in Portuguese.

10 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 10 Useful Links - Portugal Portuguese National Archives (Torre do Tombo) –All records pertaining to Portuguese royal house, title grants, inquisition, etc. Records date from the creation of Portugal, around Genea Portugal –Portuguese genealogy site. Includes published trees, photos, and a forum. Cost: $30 per year Cindy’s List –148 links to excellent sites, mostly in English Portuguese Genealogist Masterlist –People put their contact information and the names they are researching to find others doing the same

11 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 11 Useful Links - Portugal Associação Online de Autores de Genealogia em Portugês –http://pwp.netcabo.pt/ /gene/links.htm Excellent page of links for sites of genealogical importance for the Portuguese genealogist. Includes English sites. Portuguese Mailing Lists on Rootsweb –http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/PRT/http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/PRT/ Portugal, Madeira Exiles (Portuguese Presbyterian exiles from Madeira who emigrated to Trinidad and Illinois), Azores, Azores-DNA, Portuguese-Nobility, and PRT-Madeira LusaWeb –http://www.lusaweb.com/http://www.lusaweb.com/ Very useful site, dedicated to Americans from Portuguese descent. Cost: US$25 per year. Cannot do much unless a member Short Portuguese Lessons –http://alfarrabio.di.uminho.pt/spl/http://alfarrabio.di.uminho.pt/spl/ From the University of Minho

12 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 12 Vital Records in Brazil Vital record kept by the Church, start in 1616 Civil Registration starts in big cities around 1863 After 1888 all records officially become the responsibility of Civil registration Offices (Ofício do Registro Civil das Pessoas Naturais) Records are not indexed

13 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 13 Vital Records in Brazil (cont.) Access –Access to Brazilian vital records is not restricted. –Current records can be obtained, by anyone, for a fee. –Can be requested online Where from? –Family Search set_fhlc.asp –Available for purchase online

14 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 14 Information contained in Vital Records Baptism: –Name, date and parish of birth and baptism, names of parents, grandparents and godparents and where they’re from Marriage: –Name, date and parish of marriage, names and ages of bride and groom, names of parents and godparents and where they’re from. Death: –Name, date and parish where death occurred, name and age of deceased, status, name of husband/wife if known, cause of death.

15 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 15 Where in Brazil? Church records from 1616 to 1940’s Civil registration from 1863 to 2005 Mostly in eastern states Not many records from the states in the interior (Amazonia, Acre, Mato Grosso, etc.) Available in microfilm from Family History Library –Births until about 1950’s –Marriages until about 1960’s –Deaths until 2005

16 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 16 Birth record (from microfilm)

17 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 17 Death certificate

18 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 18 Research online - Brazil Surname Navigator – Brazil –http://www.kuijsten.de/navigator/brazil/ Excellent link. Searches all of LDS databases from Brazil, Geneanet, Genforum Brazil, Rootsweb, and the Brazilian White pages Projeto Imigrantes –http://www.projetoimigrantes.com.br/http://www.projetoimigrantes.com.br/ Database with almost 3 million names of immigrants arrived since Expensive! R50. (about $27) for a listing of surname researched Cartório Brasileiro –http://www.cartoriobrasileiro.com.br/http://www.cartoriobrasileiro.com.br/ Online service for the request of birth, marriage, and death certificates. It uses electronic translation services. Costs vary depending on where is the certificate from. Between $30 and $40 per certificate. Payment via international money order.

19 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 19 Useful Links - Brasil Genealogias.org –http://www.genealogias.org /http://www.genealogias.org / Lots of useful info. Contains several databases and articles by Brazilian genealogists. Links to genealogical societies in Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná Brazil Genweb –http://www.rootsweb.com/~brawgw Lbase with almost 3 million names of immigrants arrived since 1737 Brazil Research Outline –http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Guide=Brazil.asphttp://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Guide=Brazil.asp From the Family History Library, a 37-page downloadable PDF document

20 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 20 The Future Immigrant Ancestors Project –http://immigrants.byu.edu/http://immigrants.byu.edu/ –Sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University –Uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants, usually not found in port registers and naturalization documents. –Data transcribed by volunteers across the globe, available on the web

21 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 21 The Future (cont.) Scanstone Project –Conversion of microfilm images into digital images. Fully indexed. –Depending on the laws of the country of origin, some images might be available on the web. –Presently doing US, Canada, British Isles and Wales.

22 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 22 The Future (cont.) University of Porto –In collaboration with the Genealogical Society of Utah, bringing into the web the images of parish records. Fully indexed. –Expect to scan and make available on the web all the parish records in the Porto District (416 parishes) –Already in progress. No completion date given.

23 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 23 The Future (cont.) University of Coimbra –Project to scan and make available on the web more than a million records of births or marriages, among others documents from 1459 until now. 13,000 parish books of births, marriages, and deaths 21,000 land and property documents, wills and probate records –Project will cost 30,000 euros and is funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology. –Expected completion by mid-2008.

24 May 26, 2007 Climbing Your Family Tree Around the World 24 Questions?


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