Tunisia Land and Property

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Cadastral Surveys (Tahrir)

Research use: These records establish individual identity and residence; may sometimes establish family groups.

Record type: The Ottoman Turks conducted extensive surveys of land and population for tax purposes. Some of the early surveys listed only the number of household members with no names.

Time period: 1835-1870.

Contents: Names of heads of households and of any other taxpayers living in the same households, occupation and income, sometimes include names of females and children.

Location: National Archives in Tunis and at local government archives.

Population coverage: Less than 10%. Women and children are generally not listed and remote localities may not be surveyed.

Reliability: Good.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Tunisia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1991-2001.