Haiti 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 d'Haiti
22 Angle des Rues Borgella et Geffrard

Telephone: (509)36615151
Fax: (509)22468666


Email: bertrandlouissaint@yahoo.fr [1]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

"The US Department of State Reciprocity Schedule provides the following information about birth certificates: Births can be registered by either the father or the mother. If the child is born out of wedlock and is registered by the mother, the father is not specified and the child is registered with the surname of the mother. Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives ... If no record exists or cannot be found, the National Archives can prepare an extrait ... and including the text of a baptismal certificate. These negative extraits are considered unreliable as proof of relationship. (25 Aug. 2005)"[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

The president of the Insurance Association of Haiti, Fritz Decatalogne, said in an April 2004 article that "only 40 percent of the population possesses an acte de naissance" (birth certificate) (Haiti Press Network 8 Apr. 2004)." [2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Baptism/birth date
  • Baptism/birth place
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Names of parents

Death Records[edit | edit source]

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth date of the deceased
  • Ages of the deceased
  • Residence
  • Parent's name
  • Spouse's name
  • Event Date
  • Event Place

Hidden Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

The following tables list places in Haiti that can only be found in FamilySearch using the method described below.

Finding Hidden Records[edit | edit source]

To access these records:

  1. From the FamilySearch main page click the Search menu and select Catalog to open the Catalog main page.
  2. To open a search field, click either the Subjects link or the Keywords link. Make sure the Place field is blank.
  3. From one of the tables below, choose the commune, communal section, or communal place that you wish to research.
  4. In the Subjects or Keywords field, enter the name you chose in Step 3, followed by the word "Haiti."
  5. Click the Search button.

Hidden Records by Departments[edit | edit source]

Below are tables for nine of the ten departments in Haiti. In some cases, the records cover only a section or place in the commune, rather than the entire commune.

Artibonite[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Place Range Comments
Dessalines Dessalines 1845-1915
Dessalines Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite Savanne a Roche 1989-2015 communal section
Gonaïves L'Estère 1950-2016
Gonaïves Gonaïves Petite Riviere de Bayonnaise 1989-2013 communal section
Gros-Morne Anse Rouge Port-a-Piment-du-Nord 2009-2015
Gros-Morne Terre-Neuve 1845-2015
Marmelade Saint Michel de l'Attalaye 1873-2014
Saint-Marc Liancourt 1954-2015
Saint-Marc Montrouis 1987-2015

Center[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Range Comments
Hinche Cerca-Carvajal 1950-2015
Hinche Thomonde 1886-1915
Lascahobas Lascahobas 1848-1915, 2004-2015
Lascahobas Belladère 2004-2015
Lascahobas Savanette 1907-2014
Mirebalais Saut-d'Eau 1890-1916
Mirebalais Boucan-Carré 2006-2014

Grand-Anse[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Place Range Comments
Anse d'Hainault Anse-d'Hainault 1891-1915
Corail Corail 1827-2005
Corail Roseaux 1950-2004
Jérémie Bonbon 1950-1985
Jérémie Chambellan 1950-2003
Jérémie Jérémie Marfranc 1977-1985 communal section
Jérémie Moron 1951-1986
Jérémie Moron Sources Chaudes 1952-2005 communal section

Nippes[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Range Comments
Miragoâne Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes 1828-1920
Anse-à-Veau Anse-à-Veau 1830-2015
Anse-à-Veau L'Asile 2009-2012

North[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Place Range Comments
Acul-du-Nord Acul-du-Nord Camp Louise 2007-2012 communal section
Acul-du-Nord Acul-du-Nord Grison Garde 2009-2015
Limbé Limbé Camp Coq 2005-2014 communal section
Limbé Bas-Limbé 2008-2014
Plaissance Pilate 1991-2015
Saint-Raphaël Saint-Raphaël 1844-1860
Saint-Raphaël Ranquitte 1844-1911

North East[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Range Comments
Fort-Liberté Perches 1847-1898
Ouanaminthe Capotille 2006-2015
(le) Trou-du-Nord Caracol 2008-2014
Vallières Mombin-Crochu 1892-1916

West[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Place Range Comments
l'Arcahaie l'Arcahaie Saintard 2013-2015
l'Arcahaie Cabaret 1848-1916
Croix-des-Bouquets Thomazeau 1891-1915, 2014
Croix-des-Bouquets Cornillon Grand Bois 1830-1915, 2009-2014
La Gonâve Anse-à-Galets 1997
La Gonâve Pointe-à-Raquette. 1980
Léogane Leogane Trouin 2013-2016
Port-au-Prince Kenscoff 1974-2016
Port-au-Prince Kenscoff Furcy 2010-2015

South East[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Range Comments
Bainet Côtes-de-Fer 1836-1915
Belle-Anse Anse-à-Pitres 2001-2013
Belle-Anse Grand-Gosier 1885-1912

South[edit | edit source]

Arrondissement Communne Place Range Comments
Aquin Aquin Vieux-Bourg-d'Aquin 1966-2006
Les Cayes Chantal 1950-2015
Les Chardonnières Les Chardonnières 1833-1912, 2011-2013
Les Chardonnières Les Chardonnières Rendel 1976-2006 communal section
Les Chardonnières Les Anglais 1883-2005
Les Côteaux Roche-à-Bateau 1951-2007

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Caribbean Archives Association, Migan, Directory of Caribbean Archival Institutions, (accessed 5 February 2021).
  2. 2.0 2.1 UN Refugee Agency, refworld, Haiti: Procedure to obtain a birth certificate, Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.(accessed 5 February 2021).