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British Somaliland (1888-1960)[edit | edit source]

In 1888, the British established a protectorate in the region, naming it British Somaliland. In August 1940 during World War II, Italy invaded British Somaliland, but British forces recaptured their protectorate in 1941. Britain retained control of both British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland after World War II as British protectorates. In June 1960, British Somaliland gained independence and became the State of Somaliland. Five days later, the State of Somaliland joined with Italian Somaliland and became the current Somali Republic.[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 ($) 1821-1988 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-1988 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 ($) 1886-1982 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969, COUNTRY at Ancestry - index ($) 1905-1950 Birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records English Records in this collection come from a variety of sources. Events include both British and non-British nationals

Italian Somaliland (1889-1941)[edit | edit source]

In the late 19th century, Italy gained control of parts of the coast of Somali, establishing Italian Somaliland. In 1920 an agricultural settlement was founded, and in 1923, a governor was named to oversee the colony. In June 1960, Italian Somaliland joined with the State of Somaliland (formerly British Somaliland) to become the independent Republic of Somalia.[2]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "British Somaliland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Somaliland, accessed 8 August 2019.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Italian Somaliland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Somaliland, accessed 8 August 2019.