Fiji Civil Registration
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Research use: Uniquely identifies individuals and connects them to their parents.
Record type: Civil records of birth, marriage, and death.
General: Civil registration begins late in Melanesia as compared to other areas of the world but it is the most complete source for genealogical purposes.
Time period: 1874-present.
Contents: Birth, marriage, and death records have the exact date of the event, including time of day for births; name of principal and parents; occupation and religious preference of parents; name of informant for births and names of witnesses for marriages; place of residence for parents of new born, of the groom and bride for marriages, and of the deceased for deaths; age at death, cause of death, and place of burial in death records.
Location: Local and national civil registry offices (some copies in France for New Caledonia and Vanuatu).
Percentage in Family History Library: 60% (Fiji filmed in 1990).
Population coverage: 90% coverage of the population.
Research use: Identify relationships and provide clues to other record sources.
Record type: Death inventories (notarial record concerning inheritance), declarations of succession, tombstone transcriptions, obituaries, sexton records, burials, and others.
General: Civil records generated in the event of death.
Time period: 1860-present.
Contents: Names, vital statistics; and in some sources names of kin and relationship to the deceased.
Location: Administrative offices at various levels and archives.
Population coverage: 40% of the population.
Reliability: High on death and relationship information but lower on dates and places of birth or marriage.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Melanesia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-2000.