Cameroon Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Archives Nationales du Cameroun
BP 1053, rue 317, Quartier du Lac,
Yaoundé III
Yaoundé, Cameroon 00237

Telephone: +237 2 22 22 67 90

Location: National Archives in Yaoundé and provincial and department archives.

Berlin, London, and Paris may have records of their nationals who were living in Cameroon during the colonial period.[1]

Federal Archives of Germany (Das Bundesarchiv)
Department PA
Eichborndamm 179
13403 Berlin

Telephone: 030 41904 440
Fax: 030 41904 100

The National Archives of the United Kingdom
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

National Archives of France (Archives nationales)
59, rue Guynemer
93383 Pierrefitte-sur-Seine cedex
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 75 47 20 02

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1884 to present.[1]

The National Archives of Cameroon closed in 2016 for reorganization and digitization of its files. Researchers can still order digital copies of documents for a fee.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage: Estimate 80% of the European population and 50% of native population prior to independence. There is not sufficient information to make an accurate estimate of overall population coverage.[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]


  • Name
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents’ names
  • Father’s occupation and residence
  • Sometimes age of mother
  • Occupations
  • Sometimes relationships[3]


  • Name of bride and groom
  • Their places of residence
  • Date of marriage
  • Sometimes ages and names of parents or sponsors
  • Information regarding any former marriages[3]


  • Name of deceased
  • Death and burial dates
  • Age
  • Residence at time of death
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Cameroon,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.
  2. Wikipedia, National Archives of Cameroon, (accessed 2 May 2020).
  3. UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women, UNICEF Data for Cameroon, accessed 2 May 2020. Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.