Botswana Genealogy

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Local Research Resources

Guide to Botswana ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

Botswana is a country in Africa bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It was formerly ruled by Great Britain. The official languages are Setswana and English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Botswana Research

Links to articles on getting started with Botswana research.

Botswana Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Botswana research.

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Botswana. Districts:

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Botswana.

  • Central District
  • Francistown Town Council
  • Gaborone Town Council
  • Ghanzi District
  • Jwaneng Town Council
  • Kgalagadi District
  • Kgatleng District
  • Kweneng District
  • Lobatse Town Council
  • Northeast District
  • Northwest District
  • Selebi-Pikwe Town Council
  • Southeast District
  • Southern District

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Online Records


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Botswana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 4 May 2016.