Zimbabwe, Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976  and Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Zimbabwe
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Record Description
Record Type: Death
Collection years: 1890-1977
Languages: English
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What is in This Collection?

The collection includes:

  • Zimbabwe Death Notices from 1904-1976
  • Zimbabwe Death Registers from 1890 to 1977
  • Zimbabwe Index to Death Registers from 1892-1977.

These records are written in English and obtained from the National Archives at Harare and Salisbury, Zimbabwe. Birth and death certificates are currently registered through district registries in each town or city, but all records are kept at the National Archives in the capital city of Harare, formerly known as Salisbury.

Learn more about the National Archives at archives.gov.zw.

Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and became independent from Great Britain on April 18, 1980. Even though civil registration was established in 1890 it did not become mandatory until after independence. Birth registration began in 1891 and death registration in 1904. Birth and death registrations did not include African tribal members until 1963.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Death notices usually contain the following information:

  • Full name, age and gender of deceased
  • Race, marital status, and residence
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Duration of last illness
  • Intended burial place
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Name of surviving spouse, if married
  • Number of children and whether they are major or minor
  • Medical attendant's name and residence
  • Informant and their qualifications
  • Informant's residence
  • Property left by the deceased

Collection Content

Sample Images

How to Read These Records

The Zimbabwe Death Registers are printed indexes of the names of deceased. Each entry may have the following abbreviations:

  • DR - Death Register
  • W - Will
  • ADM - Administration

"D.R." is followed by the volume number/page number. It appears those records that are labeled ADM are probably administrations which are separate from the death registers and they contain wills and living Trust records.

After locating the entry for an individual by surname in an index, the death record can be found in the “Death registers” by using the reference information provided in the index.

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate location and year of death

Search the Index

Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976 by visiting the Browse Page. br>

1. Select the appropriate “District”
2. Select the appropriate “Record Type and Years” to view the images

View images in Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 by visiting the Browse Page. br>

1. Select the appropriate “Record Type”
2. Select the appropriate “Year Range and Volume or Certificate Number” to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use names of parents, if identified, that would help you find birth records.
  • Use spouse's name, if identified, to find a marriage record.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same area.
  • Use the death or burial date to find other records that may provide more information on your ancestor. These include obituaries, grave markers, sexton’s records, or a civil or religious death records.
  • Pay attention to any notes about your ancestor such as occupation or marriage status. This information can be used to locate other records.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • If a death or burial record cannot be found for your ancestor in the locality where it is believed they died, try searching the records of nearby localities.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Look for probate records for the region and time period in which your ancestor supposedly died. These records may give clues about when he or she passed away.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. There also may be variations in the spelling of names. Try variations while browsing through images.

Known Issues with These Collections

Zimbabwe Death Notices, 1904-1976 known issues:

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 known issues:

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. Citing Registrar General. National Archives, Harare.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
Collection Citation

"Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. Citing Registrar General. National Archives, Harare.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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