Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Haiti, Civil Registration, Port-au-Prince, 1794-2012
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|Title in the Language:||Haïti, Port-au-Prince registre d'état civil|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This is a collection of birth, marriage, and death records from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Prior to 1804 Haiti was first claimed by Spain and then granted to France in 1697. During French governance, Haiti was known as Saint-Domingue. Some of the records were created using the Republican Calendar (1792-1806). Please see the website link listed in the Related Website section of this article for information on the Republican Calendar.
Local registry offices create the civil events, such as birth, marriage, and death, of citizens in their jurisdiction. The registrar sends the records to the Ministry of Justice annually, which verifies the records and affixes a seal before transferring them to the National Archives. A copy of the record is also kept at the local registry office or at the Civil Court Clerk's Office (Bureau du greffe du Tribunal civil). Unfortunately, a large number of births are not registered in Haiti.
Civil registration records are a very reliable source for doing genealogical research after 1804, the year when civil registration was implemented in Haiti. These records were created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events, which would determine and prove the civil status and existence of citizens.
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
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Citing This Collection
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"Haïti, Port-au-Prince, état civil, 1794-2012." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Haïti Archives Nationales, Port-au-Prince (Haiti National Archives, Port-au-Prince).
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Digital copies of originals are also housed in different local registry offices throughout Haiti.