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British Colonization (1888-1965)[edit | edit source]

Formerly known as Southern Rhodesia. Colonization began in 1888, when Cecil John Rhodes obtained mineral rights and the area was put under control of the British South African Company. In 1923, Rhodesia became a British Crown Colony. The country declared its independence in 1965, and was renamed Zimbabwe in 1979.[1]


Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1940-1985 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1906-1964 Banns and marriages English British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1896-1961 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1901-1913 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.
Church records, 1890-1941 1890-1941 Church records English Anglican Zimbabweans
Parish registers, Dutch Reformed Church, Transvaal (South Africa), Rhodesia, Swaziland, etc., 1894-1998 1894-1998 Church records Afrikaans and English Members of the Dutch Reformed Church
Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, NG Kerk, church records, 1915-2011 1915-2011 Church records English Members of the Dutch Reformed Church
Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976 at FamilySearch — index and images 1904-1976 Death notices English People that died in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 at FamilySearch — images 1890-1977 Death registers English People that died in Zimbabwe
Naturalization files of deceased persons, aliens, 1902-1948 1902-1948 Death records English Aliens that died in Zimbabwe
Naturalization files, deceased persons, 1950-1959 1950-1959 Naturalization and death records English Naturalized citizens of Zimbabwe
Voter registry, 1899-1948 1899-1948 Voter rolls English Eligible voters in Mashonaland and Matabelaland

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Colonial History of Southern Rhodesia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_history_of_Southern_Rhodesia, accessed 12 July 2019.