The family tree: the first step of the concept of european citizenship

For a more in-depth guide of how to set up the tree, and to make the research paper will be the basis for the process

The construction of a family tree can also be a time travel through the history of the family. But, in addition, this is the basis for the search of a european citizenship — a right which is common to many brazilians who are descendants of the Portuguese, and Italian.

In this article, we run you through a step-by-step to build up a tree of your family, and you can use it as a guide to search for the necessary documentation to establish the citizenship of the european.

Who has the right to Italian citizenship
Who has the right to Portuguese citizenship


The importance of the tree to the concept of european citizenship

The family tree is a graphical representation of the connections between the members of the family, which has the aim of reconstructing the data with respect to the structure, from generation to generation.

When we think of the tree in the context of the quest for the concept of european citizenship, it is such a tool, which will guide you in the search for documentation purposes, and also to verify that there is, indeed, a right to citizenship in europe. So much for the Portuguese citizenship for the Italian, it is in the evidence by way of documents of the ancestors, that is, the right to dual citizenship, it is well-proven.

At this point, the major challenge encountered by the families who are in search of a citizenship of the union is not to know all the data from the european union who emigrated to south america, from the name to the place of their birth. But with the construction of the tree, level by level, it becomes possible, by allowing the law to be searched for.

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Step by step guide to building your family tree

01 – Start with your birth certificate

The first step is to start the construction of the tree is of such interest to be recognized by the citizens. If you want to apply for the citizenship, place it on the paper, your name, the name of its parent, through which it passes to the right of that citizenship of the father or the mother), then the parent, his/her (their grandfather/grandmother) and, from there, be sure to check with your family about the possible issue of certificates that exist in your home or the home of a family. Start with the certificates of births, marriages and deaths of the family members that you've got mapped out.

02 – the issuance of the certificates found

It is not uncommon for the issue of certificates found in the initial search, they are copies or versions of the basic story of the original documents. If this is the case, then the next step is to get in touch with your registry office as stated in the ancient documents, and apply to the issuance of the certificates are mapped to. The format should be the entire content ofthat brings up the details are important for the studies of the short story or the format, not to bring.

03 – Examine the documentation that the home met

After you have gathered all the certificates that it was possible to issue from the mapping of the home, it's time to analyze it, to find clues that will get you in search of certificates that you have not yet.

Tip: You should carefully read each batch of the most recent to the oldest. Certificates of good standing — in-full-effect — tell the story and give details of which are rich in the search. Many of the ancestors, so keep an eye on the issue of certificates of birth, and the names of the parents, the grandparents, the naturalidades, dates and places of birth, marriage, and if there is one. From this information, you will be able to learn about the possible location of the event, which seeks to birth, marriage or death in the group), set the locations to be searched, and, particularly, some of the research period.

04 – for you to find the document you are missing

An outline of the information which the seat (birth/marriage/death) - if you want to search for, what else, in what location, and time period, and having access to information about the name of the spouse and / or their parents, the time has come to begin your search for these certificates. There are two ways for this:

Search in registers: one of the possible ways is to get in touch with potential agencies for the town in search for a seat, and make a request to the server. This service is usually charged by the registry office, because it involves a person on your team to do this manually. The advantage of this way is that, is that, when you find a seat and asked, are you sure of your ability to get that certificate. On the other hand, there are some of the common issues in these research studies is the time for response may be long, and in addition to this, many agencies do not consider variations in the spelling of their names, and last names to search. In the second case, when you are not sure about the seats or on the way a person has been registered with the registry, you can move “hit” with your search.

Tip: it is important to ask how many of the quests are required, be creative, and large in a variety of ways to search for the person concerned. The older you are, the record sought, the more likely that you will need to include a variation of the spelling, by the severity of the public records of the past centuries, and by the names of foreigners, whose transcription of the Portuguese was often change by the difficulty of communication between the immigrants and the scribes. If the registrar's office to return to negatively when their request to the server, requesting the issuance of a certificate to the negative, to be sure, if you really search was conducted pursuant to the terms requested.

Search the digital archives: another effective way to get a seat, this is the book you scanned the records of the civilian population in the sites of research such as the and myheritage.comas well as in the public archives and national archives of the museum of immigration. In the case of sites in the search for a family, some of the families have already had their names have been indexed by researchers at the collaborative, which makes it easy to search, and you will also be able to search through the books for a number of years, and the localities while at the same time being the most responsive to wait for the search cartorárias of the individual. To follow this path, effort, and a little bit of experience is needed in these surveys. At the same time, it is a living historic and very pleasant, and full of insight into the origin of the family.

Fortunately, we have seen more and more commitment to the digitization of old books, both domestic and foreign, and there is a good degree of sharing of assets, including the religious. Below are some assets which might help you in your search:

05 – Meeting in the document that it gives right to citizenship of the european

After searching for all of the information and the rise each and every generation of your family tree, you have come to the certificates, which indicates the nationality of the one who has immigrated to Brazil. This knowledge is common to happen-from birth to the son of an immigrant, and she confirms that he who was on the committee from which it is derived from the right to the recognition in europe.

After you find out all the acts of the brazilian people, in a straight line from your tree, it is necessary to find and collect the certificate of the european arrival of their ancestors (and for the wedding, where it has settled after the marriage). The research methodology is the same, but the files consulted are those of the country of birth of the ancestors. 

In Italy, the record is picked at the Town hall, or, in the case of the records of men's baptism, and the quest takes place in the parishes and dioceses.

In the Uk, all the registers are called to the office for Civil registration and was built in 1911. For ancestors born before the end of this year, the record of the birth is the seat of the baptistry, which currently can be found in the Files of the District.

I found the registration committee and committed to their descent from the outline document, which has been traced up to their family tree, it's time to check in on the process of european citizens!

Note: other than the citizenship of the Italian, the Portuguese citizenship has limits on the generation and transmission of the right to a nationality. Make sure you understand how it works here.

An example of a tree that is used in the case of Italian citizenship


Quick tips for your family history research

  • Don't waste time on content of the sites, genealogy research, without the indexing of the documents. It is important to search for their own certificate and you don't give up until you get to it. Data out of the document indexed, it can take you on dates, and in all the wrong places, making out with you in your quest to be the least effective;
  • Don't miss the issuance of the certificates are located also in full effect. All the certificates in a short story does not provide information that it may play a key role in the continuity of the formation of the folder, document with all of the seats are collected;
  • Be sure to account for the variations of the name and surname on the seats and sought after;
  • Remember, the research document is other than the search engine. While the poll is located on the seat, the search, is the issue of the certificate, be it a religious or a civil registry, brazil or abroad;
  • The acts of the spouses may play an important role in the confirmation of the names on your family tree, and to the records in the folder of documents, but does not form part of it, as a rule, the procedure for recognition of their citizenship. The main exception to this rule is that, in the Italian citizenship, in to the woman's spouse was married to a descendant of the Italian on the date of 27/04/1983, as it has the automatic right to be recognized as citizens, along with her husband. In the Uk, and the woman's spouse been married before to 03/10/1981 you also have the right to Portuguese citizenship, while retaining the right to the same, after all this time, she became a widow, or divorced;
  • For the Italian citizenship, it is very important to verify that the certificates are three of the most important:
    • (i) the nationality of the Italian remains of the Italian in all of the acts that he has included in or is referenced by the certificate of birth of children);

    • (ii) if it is a brazilian-born on the document.

    • (iii) if it is the filer of the birth of his son(a)

With respect to item (i) in the event that the record as a “brazilian”, we need to rectify that. In respect of the item (ii) in the event that says “national”, it is needed to check if he is actually naturalized brazilian, and the date of naturalisation, as it can be set to an interruption of the transmission of the Italian citizenship. In step (iii) in the event that you have not been to Italian to(a) declare the birth of the child, it is important to check if there was a wedding between the two parents, as well as an analysis of legal and individual in-depth look at the case may be;

  • For the Portuguese citizenship, it is very important to check out:
    • the nationality of the Portuguese remains, such as;

    • if it was the accounts of the birth of his son.

    • if the child has been established by the evidence of the maternity of the Portuguese and this is a recognition of the filiation, if you gave the person;

  • Don't forget that the mounting of your family tree, and on the document search is a process of construction that does not occur in an individual, and also there's the miracles! They are necessary for getting started that will be brought by his family to start a search with the efficiency, on the other hand, it's a necessary skill, and the methodology to gain effective results;
  • In the event of non-availability to do the research yourself, you can count on our expert help.


Rely on expert help to recognize the citizenship of the european

In the process, conducted by WE are Lawyers, we work to improve the end-to-end, from the support to the family history research, the assembly of the folder, document, translate, and changes in your documents, petitioning, next to the Italian justice, and the power of the next step in the order process. After the recognition of citizenship rights, you remain with the customer advising of the next steps until you have your passport, a european in his hands. In addition to the headquarters in São Paulo, and Brasília, and we have teams that specialize in European Citizenship and the Right to Immigration enforcement in the Uk and in Italy, the professionals are ready to guide you to your family, to make his dream come true.


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