Tanzania Genealogy

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Guide to Tanzania ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

Tanzania is a country in Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and Mozambique. Portions of the country were formerly governed by Portugal and Germany. The official languages are Swahili and English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Tanzania Research

Links to articles on getting started with Tanzania research.

Tanzania Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Tanzania research.

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Tanzania Map

Genealogy records are kept on the region level in Tanzania. Tanzania map.png


Genealogy records are kept on the region level in Tanzania. Tanzania is divided into 26 regions:

  • Arusha
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Dodoma
  • Iringa
  • Kagera
  • Kigoma
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Lindi
  • Manyara
  • Mara
  • Mbeya
  • Morogoro
  • Mtwara
  • Mwanza
  • Pemba North
  • Pemba South
  • Pwani
  • Rukwa
  • Ruvuma
  • Shinyanga
  • Singida
  • Tabora
  • Tanga
  • Zanzibar Central/South
  • Zanzibar North
  • Zanzibar Urban/West

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Tanzania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania, accessed 20 April 2016.