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.


  1. Do you know where I can find records of arrivals before 1850? My great great grandfather, Antonio de Lima was born in the Azores and appeared in San Luis Obispo, California in the 1852 census. I'm trying to track his progress and thought he might have immigrated first to Brazil. Any ideas?

    1. Hello Ray,
      Did you searched the passports from Azores website? If he came from Azores, you will probably find him there with dates. Usually passport were requested shortly before the trip.
      If you have any other question, send me an email to myportuguesegen at gmail dot com


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