Zimbabwe Civil Registration

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Civil Registration

Civil registration records are a primary source of birth, marriage, and death information for the Caucasian and Asian populations in Southern Africa. Coverage of indigenous population is significantly lower. Records begin in about 1893. A separate registration for the Indian population covering the years 1858 to 1921 may be available. Records can be found at national, provincial, and district archives.

See also Zimbabwe Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) for information on records available on FamilySearch.

These records generally contain:

Births

  • Identification number
  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Parents residence
  • Marriage place
  • Parent's names and race
  • Parent's dates and places of birth
  • Residence of informant

Marriages

  • Identification number of bride and groom
  • Names
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race
  • Birth date and place
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Date of banns or notice of intention.

Deaths

  • Identification number
  • Name
  • Date and place of death
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Age at death
  • Birth date
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Pension
  • Cause of death
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Intended place of burial
  • Name of parents (if deceased under the age of ten)
  • Place of mother’s residence (if child deceased under the age of one year)
  • Name and address of informant