Mauritius Research Tips and Strategies
|Mauritius Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
- 1 1. Civil Registration
- 2 2. Mauritius Archives Coromandel Mauritius
- 3 3. Records at the Family History Library
- 4 4. National Library Republic of Mauritius
- 5 5. London Missionary Society
- 6 Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy - Many Records in Mauritius are in French
1. Civil Registration
Civil Registration in Mauritius is a government recording of births, marriages and deaths. The Central Civil Status Office in Port Louis holds records as far back as 1812 and the older ones that are of interest to genealogists are kept at the National Archives in the DBM Complex, Industrial Zone, Coromandel.
- Districts of Mauritius: Port-Louis, Pamplemousses, Riviere du Rempart, FlacQ, Moka, PlaineWilhems, Black River, Grand Port, Savanne, Dependencies addresses
Certificates for Entire Country
Older Certificates are kept at the office in Port Louis.
Civil Status Division
7th Floor Emmanual Anquetil Bldg
Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel : 2012279
Fax : 00230 2112420
How to Write the Letter
For help with writing for certificates, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.
2. Mauritius Archives Coromandel Mauritius
There is a rich collection of historical and genealogical records at the Mauritius Archives. To become familiar with the types of records that are available read this article, watching carefully for time periods that match your research needs:
A visit to the archives would be best, however services are available to help you with correspondence searches.
You will need to register and login
3. Records at the Family History Library
Some records are available here but check back from time to time as more will be added.
- a. Click on the Places within Mauritius drop-down menu] and select your town.
- b. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
- c. Choose the correct record type and time period for your ancestor.
- d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. . The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
4. National Library Republic of Mauritius
- National Library Republic of Mauritius The library houses one of the richest and most comprehensive collection of Mauritiana materials. The collection of newspapers dates back to 1777.
National Library of Maritius address:
1st & 2nd Floors, Fon Sing Building
12, Edith Cavell Street, Port-Louis, Mauritius
Contact Person : Mrs T.K. Ramnauth, Director
Tel. No. 211 9891/96
Fax No. 2107173 / 2107117
E-mail : email@example.com
5. London Missionary Society
- London Missionary Society Collections SOAS University of London, holds the largest collection of Christian missionary archives in the UK; as well as personal papers of many individual missionaries. These collections span the 18th to 20th centuries and include a wealth of primary source material, such as correspondence, reports, minutes, journals, photographs and films.
- SOAS Campus Maps School of Asian and African Studies
SOAS University of London
10 Thornhaugh Street
General Contact Numbers
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7637 2388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4009
Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy - Many Records in Mauritius are in French
- It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
- There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records: