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SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch added the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration to its online collection—about 4.5 million new digital images. The free collection contains searchable digital images of the original birth, marriage, and death records from all of the municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1889 to 2006. The new digital images can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

The published records cover births up to 1930, marriages to 1950, and deaths up to 2006. There are an estimated 18 million names in the free online digital collection. FamilySearch continues to film civil registration records in Rio de Janeiro and will update the collection as applicable.

Prior to now, the Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration records were only available in archive offices in Brazil or on microfilm through one of FamilySearch’s family history centers worldwide. FamilySearch digitized the collection—over 2,500 microfilms, spanning 117 years of vital records—and published them online for free public access.

“Now instead of ordering some of the films and traveling to a local family history center to use it, researchers worldwide can search any of the 2,500 films digitally and freely online from the comfort of their home,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “Family history enthusiasts with Rio de Janeiro ancestors have just been handed a big-time free gift,” added Nauta.

FamilySearch’s online digital image viewer makes it easy to search the historical documents. Patrons can quickly navigate from a Rio de Janeiro municipality down to individual towns. Simply click on a town, and the images are typically divided up by birth, marriage, death, and a year range—making it very convenient to comb through the original records for that town during a specific period in search of a Brazilian ancestor from Rio de Janeiro. Digital images can also be printed or saved electronically.

“Civil registrations (Registros Civis) are the vital records made by the Brazilian government and are an excellent source of accurate information on names, dates, and vital events,” said Lynn Turner, FamilySearch collection manager records specialist for Latin America. “The new digital image collection online is extremely important for those doing genealogical research in Rio de Janeiro because they document critical events in a person’s life and cover such a large percentage of the population—and they are freely accessible to anyone with Internet access,” concluded Turner.

Civil records were kept for all the population, including the Catholics and the non-Catholics. There was a large infusion of non-Catholics in Brazil after the 1880s. The civil registration records are an important public record of this section of the population as well.

FamilySearch has the largest collection of Brazilian vital records outside of Brazil. Currently these records are available to the public on microfilm through FamilySearch’s 4,500 family history centers worldwide or affiliate public libraries. FamilySearch plans to continue expanding online access to its Brazil collections. Pernambuco and Paranã will be the next state civil registrations added to the collection.


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Some corrections and additions to be more precise.

1) The correct title must be "FamilySearch Publishes its First Brazilian Collection Online".

2) The artcile mention to Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration. In this case Rio de Janeiro is the State and not the City. The civil registrations have a lot of others cities.

3) The correct spelling is Paraná and not Paranã.

Am I imagining things, or do you mean a "first Brazilian collection"? The digital images are of Brazilian records, which will be in the Portuguese language -- or, rather, in the Brazilian dialect of the Portuguese language -- but that doesn't make them "Portuguese".
From a purely selfish point of view, when will the real Portuguese records be online? With so many relatives born in Portugal, I leapt at the announcement only to be disappointed -- and confused!

Guy: Sorry for any confusion regarding the Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration records online at FamilySearch. To answer your question, Portugal vital records of different types are on FamilySearch's roadmap for future publication. I am not allowed to give a date at this time, but it will be soon. Stay tuned. Thanks.

Thank you, Paul. No problem over the scrambled title, which a knowledgeable Brazilian correspondent had already pointed out before my post was moderated.
Portuguese records will be interesting, especially to those of us who are British. Britain and Portugal are long-standing allies, and many British people (and others, alas!) died there during the Peninsular Wars. And my son was born there :) All the best, Guy K

The information that records from all Brazilian Rio de Janeiro Civil records are at Family Records is NOT accurate. There are many names of my family whose records I own which do not appear in the search.

To answer Ricardo Veloso and others who may be interested - when will the real Portuguese records be online?

http://genregis.com/ - an ongoing database consisting of the transcription of records from Portugal

http://etombo.com/ - a guide to all digitalised records all over Portugal

Since 2004 there has been projects to make portuguese records available online for free. The Porto Archive has more than 19.000 books already online. Have a go!

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