Christening Record – Manuel de Souza LIMA

Cajazeiras-Catedral-atualmente

Nossa Sehora de Piedade, Cathedral in Cajazieras, Brazil

To start the great genealogy reset I selected my mother’s line for a few reasons:

  1. I had yet to really do any work with it so there wasn’t much to “redo”
  2. It is centered in Paraiba, Brazil and as far as I know stayed there for the foreseeable past so the record search will be localized to one area and language.
  3. I expect all my “from home” or family history library research options will be exhausted quickly and I’ll be “finished” with this line fairly soon.

I want this to be a real test of my newly established research practices and organization so this line should be perfect for that! I’ll be starting with Manoel, my mother’s grandfather since I have some information already from her since she met him and knew some details. Also, he is far enough back in time that the records are more readily available.

Manoel Tree

Starting with my mother (1) Manoel (4) is her grandfather. This chart is from my new “clean” database and doesn’t contain any unverified facts.

First up, the christening record for Manoel de Souza LIMA. This was actually the very first record I ever found (years ago!) using microfilm at the Family History Library in SLC. It was so exciting! Now, all these images are digitized which makes searching much easier!

Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Cazajeiras, Brasil), Batismos 1800, Jan - 1886 Abr, image 136, page 118, Manuel christening record; digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : downloaded 20 May 2016).

Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Cazajeiras, Brasil), Batismos 1800, Jan – 1886 Abr, image 136, page 118, Manoel christening record; digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : downloaded 20 May 2016).

Transcription:

Manoel, branco, filho legitimo de Ildefonso de Souza Lima, a-
gricultor e Maria da Conceição de Jesus, sem officio, moradores
na Malta Fresca, Frequizia de Nossa Senhora da Piedade de Ca-
jazeiras, naseido a vinte e dous de Dezembro de mil oito centos
oitena e quatro e baptizado solemimente por mim na Ma-
triz no dia vinte e trez de dito mez e anno, sendo padrinhos
Tenente Acario de Souza Rolim e sua mulher Antonia O-
lindina do Conto Rolim; do que para constar mandou fa-
zer este termo, em que se assigna {signature}.

Translation:

Manoel, white, legitimate son of Ildefonso de Souza Lima,
farmer, and Maria da Conceição de Jesus, not employed, residents
of the Malta Fresca, Parish of Nossa Senhora da Piedade of
Cajazeiras, born on the twenty second of December of eighteen hundred
eighty four and solemnly baptized by me in the
chapel on the twenty third day of the same month and year, as godparents
Lieutenant Acario de Souza Rolim and his wife Antonia
Olindina do Conto Rolim; for the record I ordered this record
made, and to attest, I sign {signature}.

Notes

Here are all the “facts” I was able to draw from this document and add to my new clean database:

  • Manoel is the son of Ildefonso de Souza LIMA and Maria da Conceição DE JESUS. He is male and was named Manoel.
  • His birth date is 22 Dec 1884 in Cajazieras, Brazil.
  • Ildefonso is a farmer.
  • Manoel was “legitimate” meaning his parents were married prior to his birth. So I should be able to find a marriage record for them prior to 22 Dec 1884.
  • Manoel was christened in the Nossa Senhora da Piedade church in Cajazeiras, Brazil on 23 Dec 1884.
  • His godparents were Lieutenant Acario de Souza ROLIM and his wife Antonia Olindina doe Conto ROLIM who were likely friends with Manoel’s parents.

That is quite a bit of information from just this one record. From here I can keep going with Manoel’s parents and try to find a marriage record or keep looking in the birth records for any other siblings. Luckily his father’s name, Ildefonso, is quite unique to the area (although I have come across another man with that same first name in the records) so it should be relatively easy to find siblings and the marriage record.

His mother’s name, Maria, is much more common and I’ve even come across another Maria da Conceição but she didn’t have the “de Jesus” part so I’m pretty sure she’s a different woman.

The fun continues!

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 28 May 2016 | Posted in Brazil, Christening Record, De Jesuz, Lima, Paraiba | Comment

More trouble in Brazil

Joaquim Pedro da Silva, b. 1910, taken Summer 1995 by me

In the summer of 1995 my family traveled to Brazil to visit family. I was 14 years old and had never met most of them. I clearly remember meeting my Great-Grandfather Joaquim. He was an hilarious, albeit crotchety, old man.

Since I’ve had such trouble with the search for my Grandmother Lindalva’s birth record I stepped back and thought maybe she might not have been born in Joao Pessoa after all. Her father, Joaquim, was born in Alagoa Grande, about 100 km east of Joao Pessoa. So, on a lark, I decided to look through Alagoa Grande’s parish records to see if I could find Joaquim’s birth/christening record.

Here’s what I knew* before I started:
* by knew I mean that my father had collected these dates/places from speaking with family members many years ago…but there are very few documents (yet) to support these claims.

Joaquim Pedro da Silva
b. 9 Jun 1910, Alagoa Grande, Paraiba, Brazil
m. 15 Sep 1948, Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
d. 24 Dec 2001, Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
Note: his marriage date is 14 years after his oldest child, my grandmother, was born. That date comes from a copy of his civil marriage certificate. Perhaps they were married in the Catholic church on another date but didn’t register the marriage with the government? As always, more research is needed.

So, I went off in search of his christening record, and here’s what I found:

Source: Family Search, “Brazil, Catholic Church Records,” digital image, Family Search (familysearch.org : downloaded 11 March 2013), Image 95, page 89, Entry 252; Brazil, Parish and Diocesan Records – Paraíba – Alagoa Grande – Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem – Batismos 1909, Ago-1911, Maio.

 

SERIOUSLY!!!???!!! Come on now! Not only is the page torn away but the microfilm-er didn’t move over the small stub of the previous page which covered some of what was left. I even tried using the next page (back side of this one) and darkening the bit you could see through the page to see if I could read it. Nope.

Anyway, I believe entry number 252 to be his. Here’s what I’ve worked out:

By looking at a previous entry (from the top of the page) I decided that this particular scribe had a “template” for all his entries. (I double checked that this was the same throughout the previous and subsequent pages.)

Template: Date of baptism, “I baptized in the font of this Parish”, Name of child, age of child in days, parent(s) names, godparents names, testify of truthfulness and signature.

So what did I learn from this record?

  • A child named Joaquim was baptized on or around 9 June 1910
  • The child was perhaps 23 days old or even 23 hours old?
That’s it!

Researching in Brazil is hard!

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 11 March 2013 | Posted in Birth Record, Brazil, Christening Record, Da Silva, Paraiba | Comment

finding Sanne Caroline Dorthea Jensen

Having found the Jensen family in the 1880 Danish Census and noting a 10 year gap between children, I thought I might look for any other children Peder and Christine may have had. I knew there were 3 options.

  1. Christine had one or more miscarriages. These would most likely not be recorded in the church records as births or deaths…unless the baby was near full term and considered a stillborn. I still don’t think they could christen the child but perhaps there may be a burial record.
  2. There was one or more children born in that time and they may have lived for a while but died before the 1880 census. In this case I should expect to find a christening and a burial record.
  3. There were no other children, and therefore no records to be found. This may however be like #1, in that there are no records.
My plan of attack was to look in death records first. Here’s what I found —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Sanne Caroline Dorthea Jensen Death Record; Nylarsker Parish, p 450, 1879, no 2.

Transcription / Translation:
1879

No.

2

Dødedagen

Death Date

d. 27de Januar

1879

The 27th January

1879

Begravelsesdaged

Burial Date

d. 2den Februar

1879

The 2nd February

1879

Den Dødes For og Tilnavn

First and Last Name of the Deceased

Sanne Caroline Dorthea

Jensen

Stand

Position

Datter af Fisker i Arnager

Peder Jensen og Hustru

Claudine Christine Funch

Daughter of Fisherman from Arnager

Peder Jensen and wife

Claudine Christine Funch


Alder

Age

5

Aar

5

Years

Hvor anfort i vet alm. Jevuf. Reg.

Where in General Index Register

98/21

Amnær.

Remarks

Skifteattest af 28/1 79

Lungesygdom

Probate Certificate of 28 Jan [18]79

Pneumonia


So, the Jensen’s did have another daughter, Sanne (Danish version of Suzanne, sometimes spelled Sanna). Interestingly, she had a probate certificate. I was able to find the catalog record at the Family History Library, so the next time I go I will be sure to look this up! According to her burial record she was 5 years old. This gives me a rough idea of when she was born, so back I went into church records – this time looking for a christening. I started right after the last child’s christening and moved forward, here’s what I found —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 7 November 2011), Sanna Jensen christening record, to be moved to 1873; Nylarsker Parish, p 81, 1873, no 4.


This really confused me, a page with some christening records with no baby names or christening dates. I couldn’t tell what the note said at the end of the entry, so I had to get some help.


Transcription / Translation:
4.

d. 6d Februar 1873
6 February 1873

Fisker Peder Jensen i Arnager
og Hustru Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 Aar gl
Fisherman Peder Jensen of Arnager
and wife Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 years old

Overført i Kirkebogen for 1873
moved to church book for 1873
 


Apparently the priest made notes for the first few births of 1873 in the wrong book, so he then moved them over later. So, I went to the next set of records and found her —


Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Sanna Caroline Dorthea Jensen christening record; Nylarsker Parish, p 98, 1873, no 4.

Transcription / Translation:
1873

No.

død. 4

dead 4

Aar og Datum

Year and Date

d. 6te

Februar

1873

The 6th

February

1873

Barnets fulde Navn

Child’s full name

Sanna Caroline Dor-

thea Jensen

Daabens Datum enten i Kirken eller hjemme

Christening Date either in the church or at home

d. 10de April

1873

i Kirken

the 10th April

1873

at the church

Forældres Navn, Stand, Haandtering og Opholdsted

Parents’ Name, Social Position, Occupation and Residence

Fisker Peder Jensen i

Arnager og Hustru Claudine

Christine Funch, 32 Aar gl.

Fisherman Peder Jensen of

Arnager and wifeClaudine

Christine Funch, 32 years old

[Note from JensenJN: “gl.” = abbreviation for “ammel” = “old”]

Faddernes Navne, Stand og Opholdsted

Witnesses’ Names, Social Position and Residence

Bærkone: Daglejer i Arnager Anton Marker’s Hustru

Helene Claudine Jensen

Faddere: Fisker i Arnager Jacob Peter Jensen

Johannes Peter Hansen, tjener paa Vejrmøllegaard

i Aaker

Vilhelmine Petrea Jensen, tejener paa 10de Sgd.

Godmother: day laborer from Arnager Anton Marker’s wife

Helene Claudine Jensen

Witnesses: Fisherman from Arnager Jacob Peter Jensen

Johannes Peter Hansen, serves on wind mill farm

from Aaker

Vilhelmine Petrea Jensen, serves on the 10th Sgd [farm]

[Note from JensenJN: Bærkone (Carry woman) I have never seen that word before, but from the name context there is no doub t that this is the lady, who carried the child to the christening.]

Hvor anført i det alm. Jevnf. Reg. [almindelige Jevnførelses Register]

Where posted in the Index Register

92/9

Anmærkninger

Remarks.

[blank]


  • The priest went back and marked her record “død” or “dead.”
  • I love that one of the witnesses, Johannes Peter Hansen, worked on a wind mill farm.

These records help explain the 10 year gap between children in the 1880 census. I did find another record of interest while digging in the church records, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that. 🙂

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 5 April 2012 | Posted in Christening Record, Death Record, Jensen | Comment

Christening Record – Jacob Peter Jensen

In the 1880 Danish census I found another child for Peder and Christine Jensen –  Jacob Peter Jensen. Since he was 1 year old at the time (1 Feb 1880) I went back into the church records to find his christening record.

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Jacob Peter Jensen christening record; Nylarsker Parish, p30, 1878, no. 13.


Transcription / Translation:

1878

Nr.

13

Rejst  til Amerika

Emigrated to America

[Note from JensenJN: “Rejst” litterally “traveled,” but the idea is “emigrated”]

Aar og Datum

Year and Date

d. 27d Dec.

1878

27 Dec

1878

Barnets fulde Navn

Child’s full name

Jacob Peter Jensen

Daabens Datum enten i Kirken eller hjemme

Christening Date either in the church or at home

d. 2den Februar

1879

i Kirken

2nd February

1879

at the church

Forældres Navn, Stand, Haandtering og Opholdsted

Parents’ Name, Social Position, Occupation and Residence

Fisker i Arnager

Peder Jensen og

Hustru Claudine

Christine Funch,

38 Aar gl.

Fisherman in Arnager

Peder Jensen and

Wife Claudine Christine Funch,

38 years old

[Note from JensenJN: “gl.” = abbreviation for “ammel” = “old”]

Faddernes Navne, Stand og Opholdsted

Witnesses’ Names, Social Position and Residence

Bærkone: Line Funch, Arbejdsmand Jørgen

Andreasen Funchs Hustru  i Arnager

Arbejdsmand i Arnager Johannes Andreasen Schou

Fisker i Arnager Christen Jensen

Andrea Holm, tjener hos ???ejer i Arnager Thor Thorsen

Godmother: Line Funch, laborer Jørgen

Andreasen Funch’s wife from Arnager

Arbejdsmand in Arnager Johannes Andreasen Schou

Fisherman in Arnager Christen Jensen

Andrea Holm, serves by ???owner in Arnager Thor Thorsen

[Note from JensenJN: Bærkone (Carry woman) I have never seen that word before, but from the name context there is no doub t that this is the lady, who carried the child to the christening.]

Hvor anført i det alm. Jevnf. Reg. [almindelige Jevnførelses Register]

Where posted in the Index Register

98/22

Anmærkninger

Remarks.

[blank]


Interesting:
His entry is pretty standard except for the short notation next to his number – “emigrated to America.” I have some family histories that mention Christine immigrating to America, but only tells me that it was after her parents (who immigrated in 1870). This is the first supporting evidence.

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 4 April 2012 | Posted in Christening Record, Jensen | Comment