Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Immigration in Brazil I

Also check  Immigration in Brazil II.

I have been researching on my family genealogy for just a few years but not in a daily basis as I work with Book Conservation during the week, so only the weekends are left for doing that and it’s not so much when you have so many other things to accomplish in just two days.

The FamilySearch website ( is the first place I go for searching original records and they have a large database for Brazil. The newest one, updated September 2011, is the Immigration Cards 1900 – 1965:
Also, a Wiki article on Brazilian Immigration can be found at FamilySearch with a good overview on this topic:
I found many documents from my family at FamilySearch web site. They are inestimable source of evidence and confirmation for many aspects of my study.

Regarding the immigration into Brazil ports the best place to go is the Arquivo Nacional –

where you can obtain all the information on the ships and a database of entry of foreigners. Here is the link for searching the names of those that arrived in Rio de Janeiro Port between 1880 -1930 when we had a massive immigration not only of Portuguese but also Italian, Spanish, Japanese as well as Jewish, Lebanese people among others -

You will find a great resource on newspaper from Brazil at Biblioteca Nacional, they are fully searchable by keywords. Newspaper Online.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A place of new discoveries...

and new friends!

So many new finding I have done this year in my family tree that I decided that this was the moment to start thinking seriously about sharing my experiences on the web. Finding my ancestors abroad, specifically on Brazil and Portugal – Azores was very rewarding. At some point I will share their stories and path, some of them not that easy, as for many other immigrants.

Researching has its ups and downs, so like us! We just need to be gentle with our ancestors and patient in our search and, above all, reinforce our connection with them. Many times I felt like they helped me in my research, guiding me in finding a new clue. And you know what? They were always there and in more than one time I found what I was looking for when I deeply talked to one of them when studying and investigating their own history.

There were moments when I was very confused by surnames that my family had provided and that made my research become slower until later I found a birth certificate on my research on the that showed me the correct last name and since them everything run smooth on that branch of the family with new discoveries that amazed me.

You are probably curious about the surnames I research and that are part of my ancestry. On my mother’s side I had the Portuguese immigration to Brazil in the late XIX century and beginning of XX century. My great-grandfather, Francisco Machado Drumond immigrated from São Sebastião, Terceira Island - Azores. He arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1887 and his family belongs to the Ferreira Drumond, Valadão and Machado Drumond. The Ferreira de Almeida is my other Portuguese side from Castro Daire, Viseu. I will talk all about them and their family later. On my father’s side I’m still researching how they arrived in Recife, Pernambuco, the northeast of Brazil, but it’s all converging to Portugal, with the immigration much probably occurring by the end of the XVII century. Later they settled in Paraíba, the state just above Pernambuco. My 2nd great grandfather, Antonio Ferreira Balthar, is the farthest that I achieved on this specific last name. I need further investigation on this and other surnames of my father's family: Balthar/Baltar, Rego Barros, Teixeira de Vasconcelos. I have other last names that I did not mention yet but will do it as soon as I post new blogs about my family, not that they are less important, but is too much too accomplish at once and they will come with time.