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Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014
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Record Description
Record Type: Death
Collection years: 1891-2014
Languages: French
Title in the Language: Benin, État Civil, Décès, 1891-2014
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Archives Nationales du Bénin, Porto-Novo

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes death records from Benin, 1891-2014. The original records are located in the National Archives of Benin in Porto-Novo. Records from six of the twelve departments as well as other various records under Benin are represented in this collection.


  • Alibori
  • Atlantique
  • Littoral
  • Mono
  • Ouémé
  • Plateau


  • Benin

The collection may also contain some marriage records.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in French. For help reading these records see the following:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Province and district
  • The signer
  • Name
  • Gender

  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of mother and father
  • Spouse’s name
  • Profession

  • Home
  • Name and address of the declarant
  • Date and place of death
  • Date of declaratio

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  1. Select Department
  2. Select Commune - Arrondissement
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use birth information and names of parents, if identified, that would help you find birth records
  • Use spouse's name, if identified, to find a marriage record
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same area
  • Use the death or burial date to find other records that may provide more information on your ancestor. These include obituaries, grave markers, sexton’s records, or religious death records
  • Pay attention to any notes about your ancestor such as occupation or marriage status. This information can be used to locate other records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to 1999 Benin was divided into six departments. In 1999, those departments were split into twelve. If a death or burial record cannot be found for your ancestor in the locality where it is believed they died, try searching the records of nearby localities
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Look for probate records for the region and time period in which your ancestor supposedly died. These records may give clues about when he or she passed away
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. There also may be variations in the spelling of names. Try variations while browsing through images

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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