IJUÍ a city in Brazil’s state Rio Grande do Sul

IJUÍ, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

By André Hammann and Rosina T. Schmidt

In the late Nineteen century Brazil’s state Rio Grande do Sul was searching for more settlers, who had the knowledge in agriculture. The city of IJUÍ, formerly Njuhy, which in the Guarani language means “River of Divine Water”, was officially founded on 19th of October 1890.

Ilui, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – Google map, 202

Today, IJUÍ is known as the land of diversified cultures, the land of mineral water sources, and of being the Portal of Missions. It is in the Northwest corner of the Brazil’s State of Rio Grande do Sul, some 395 km west from the States’ capital Porto Alegre. IJUÍ developed a vibrant economy based on its strong agriculture, commerce, diverse industries, and services. It is known for bringing together various ethnic groups, including Austrians and Germans, and of course there are some Danubeswabians in their midst too. There are several ethnic German-Cultural Societies for get-together participation in traditional Germanic cultural ways. A good Link to diverse IJUÍ’s organizations:

 União das Etnias de Ijuí – UETI – (55) 3332-4074 – Ijuí – RS (etniasijui.com.br)

Brazil is celebrating 200 years of German immigration on the 25th of July 2024.

Stefan Werz’ ( Würz) family was one of those new settlers, who arrived in Brazil in 1897, via Hrastovac [see family # (2927) and family # (2928) in the Hrastovac-Eichendorf OFB], via Veliki Banovci in Slavonia, and via Cskikostöttes in Baranya, after his ancestor Johannes Würz left Effolderbach, Hesse for Hungary around 1722.  

 Stefan Werz’ descendant, ANDRÉ HAMMANN, is graciously sharing his Würz ancestry chart with us that can be found on the Family Registry page.


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