Until the beginning of this year I didn’t know much about my maternal great grandmother Thereza Lopes, not even a photograph. She was just a name. I contacted some family members and little by little I started getting more information on her three deceased daughters. I was sure that making that decision would give me new clues. Having the information on their marriage certificates, birth certificates and death certificates I was sure I would be able to finally make a much more solid portrait about Thereza’s life.
This week I finally found the certificate of Theresa Lopes's Civil Registration marriage to my great grandfather Francisco Machado Drumond, who was born in São Sebastiao, Terceira Island – Angra do Heroismo - in the Azores.
Having this in hand I was able to verify they were living in Morro da Conceição, downtown Rio de Janeiro, a place where some of the Portuguese immigrants settled in the XIX century. Until today the neighbor preserves some atmosphere of the traditional Portuguese streets and the narrow streets.
The site below shows some photos from Morro da Conceição, downtown Rio de Janeiro, by Rafael Soares.
Going back to our research, the link below is from the Arquivo Nacional but different from the others that I mentioned before. You will find birth records, marriage and death records, civil and commercial cases belonging to the Civil Courts, Commercial Courts, Pretorias of Rio de Janeiro and Superior Courts, as well as processes of ancient collections formed over the years in the National Archives, as slaves, Lands Inventories and Holders.
I have a long way to go before I find everything I need from my ancestors, but I know I’m on the right way to get there. When we do genealogy we need to count on every detail and help we can find, from family and genealogists in your circle of friends. Also participating in groups, associations and societies will help a lot; they can provide support giving you knowledge and tips in finding new sources and amazing discoveries in your family.