Nigeria Oral Genealogies

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Oral genealogies

Research use: Very useful supplement to civil and church records especially prior to1800; often the only source of family information available for native Africans.

Record type: Oral genealogies, tribal and family histories, pedigrees, etc. covering many Nigerians not in the civil registration, church or census records.

Time period: Approximately 1700 to present.

Contents: Family pedigrees.

Location: Transcribed genealogies may be found at National Archives, and regional archives. Those not yet transcribed will be scattered throughout the country.

Population coverage: Up to 50% of the native population.

Reliability: Good.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Nigeria,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1993-1999.
  1. Video example of Africa Oral History capture.
  2. Oral Histories are published on: