Papua New Guinea Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

The following can only be used at family history centers or the Family History Library:

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Civil Registry Office
PO Box 470
WAIGANI
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea

Sambra Haus - Waigani
Telephone: + (675) 313 3000 Ext:7002

Civil Registry Office - Boroko
Telephone: + (675) 323 6510

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1884-present

Prior to 1967 most entries are for non-natives. Records for the Territory of (German) New Guinea were destroyed during the Second World War, however, reconstructed registers were compiled afterwards. The available records have been indexed.[1]

"Civil Registry Office is a statutory mandated entity responsible for registration of all vital events including birth, marriages and death registration including cases in separation, divorce and adoption."[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage before 1967 is 5%; after 1967 is 80%[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents’ names, residence, and occupation
  • Witnesses’ ages, relationships, residences

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • Bride and groom names
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Marriage date and place
  • Sometimes ages and/or birth dates and places
  • Parents' names; residences, occupations
  • Witnesses and officer who performed ceremony
  • Former spouses

Death registers[edit | edit source]

  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Death date and place
  • Occupation
  • Name of surviving spouse
  • Informant’s name and residence
  • Cause of death
  • Sometimes birth date and place
  • Parents’ names
  • Children’s names

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Papua New Guinea,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.
  2. Civil Registry Office, Papua New Guinea, accessed 2 April 2020.