Ivory Coast Civil Registration

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Civil registration

Record type: Births, marriages, deaths, for Europeans but not all Africans.

Time period: 1843 - present.

Contents: Births – name, date and place of birth, names of parents. Marriage – date and place of marriage, names of the couple. Deaths - name, residence, age, date and place of death, names of family members or relatives and cause of death.

Location: Copies of much of the civil registration for this time period are in Paris, in the Archives Nationales, Section Outre-Mer. (Note: The civil registration in France can be filmed only to 1900. The civil registration in the Ivory Coast may be filmed to 1930.)

Population coverage: Estimated to be as high as 80% of the colonial French population, and 50% of the native population prior to independence. Reliability: Recognized as official records.[1]

A wiki article describing Civil Registration is found at:

Ivory Coast, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Ivory Coast,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1999.