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Dutch Colonization (1627-1677)[edit | edit source]

In 1627 the Dutch West Indies Company settled the island of Gorée, building several forts and warehouses. The Dutch settlers occupied the island for nearly half a century, but were dislodged several times: in 1629 by the Portuguese, in 1645 and 1659 by the French and in 1663 by British troops.[1]

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French Colonization (1677-1960)[edit | edit source]

The French gained control of Senegal in 1677. During the 7 Years War (1756-1763) Britain took over the French posts in Senegal and formed a colony. However, in 1783 the Treaty of Versailles returned Senegal to France. Senegal became an independent country in 1960.[2]


Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
Senegal Civil Registration and Parish Registers, 1724-1914 - index and images 1724-1914 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Senegal
Registres de l'état civil, 1826-1878 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1826-1878 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Senegal
Tables décennales, 1850-1869 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1850-1869 Deaths French Residents of Carabane, Senegal
Registres paroissiaux, 1774-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1774-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Dakar, Senegal
Registres de l'état civil, 1831-1868 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1831-1868 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Dakar, Senegal
Registres paroissiaux, 1730-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1730-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of St-Louis, Senegal
Registres de l'état civil, 1817-1869 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1817-1869 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of St-Louis, Senegal
  1. Wikipedia contributors, "History of Senegal," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Senegal#Modern_colonialism, accessed 8 August 2019.
  2. BBC contributors, "Senegal Country Profile," in BBC News: Africa, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14093674, accessed 8 August 2019.