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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1838530 |title=Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976|title2=Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977|CID2=CID1837900|location=Africa}}<br>
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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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This collection includes records of Death Registers, from 1890 to 1977, Death Notices from 1904 to 1976 and Index to Death Registers from 1890 to 1977.
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The records included in this collection consist of death notices and registers obtained from the National Archives at Harare and Salisbury, Zimbabwe. The collection includes indexes of closed and open files. The records are written in English.
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The following explains the abbreviations found in the image indexes:
  
The collection covers the time period from 1890-1977.
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*DR - Death Register
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*W - Will
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*ADM - Administration
  
== Record Description  ==
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The death registers have the abbreviations "D.R." and 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. This conclusion was reached as a result of using the death register indexes and reading the film notes associated with these records in the Family History Catalog.
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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.
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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. The address for the archives is at [http://www.archives.gov.zw/index.php/home The National Archives - Zimbabwe]. Marriage certificates are also recorded.
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Registers of deaths of citizens of Rhodesia were created due to several laws (listed below) regarding vital records:
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*The Executor's Accounts Act of 1864
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*The Administration of Estates Ordinance No. 6 of 1907
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*The Administration of Estates Act, Chapter 47 of 1952, and Chapter 51 of 1965
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The records in this collection are generally reliable, although they contain some problems, as listed further along this article.
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904-1976 collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1838530/waypoints Browse].
  
The records included in this collection consist of death notices and&nbsp;registers obtained from the National Archives at Harare and Salisbury, Zimbabwe. The collection includes indexes of closed and open files. The records are written in English.  
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For a list of records by surnames and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1837900/waypoints Browse].  
  
=== Record Content ===
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
The Zimbabwe death notices&nbsp;and registers&nbsp;contain valuable genealogical information, including:
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
[[Image:Zimbabwe, Death Notices DGS 4638584 19.jpg|thumb|right]]
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{{Collection citation | text= "Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General. National Archives, Harare.}}
  
*Full name
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[[Zimbabwe Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*Sex
 
*Place of Residence
 
*Age
 
*Race
 
*Birthplace
 
*Marital Status
 
*Date of Marriage (if applicable)  
 
*Number of Children
 
*Occupation
 
*Date of Death
 
*Place of Death
 
*Intended Burial Location
 
*Cause of Death
 
*Duration of Last Illness
 
*Medical Man's Name and Residence
 
*Informant
 
*Qualification
 
*Residence
 
*Witness
 
*Property left by the Deceased
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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<gallery>
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Image:Zimbabwe, Death Notices DGS 4638584 19.jpg|Death Notice
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</gallery>
  
{{Collection citation
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These death records usually contain the following information:
|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Zimbabwe. National Archives of Zimbabwe. Death notices 1904-1976. National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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*Full name, age and gender of deceased
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*Race, marital status, and residence
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*Occupation
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*Date and place of death
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*Cause of death
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*Duration of last illness
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*Intended burial place
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*Birthplace of deceased
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*Names of parents
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*Name of surviving spouse, if married
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*Number of children and whether they are major or minor
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*Medical attendant's name and residence
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*Informant and their qualifications
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*Informant's residence
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*Property left by the deceased
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
This civil registration record shows the deaths occuring in Zimbabwe between (and including) 1904-1976. This information can assist those searching for death dates of family members who passed away in Zimbabwe during this time period.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Name of deceased
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*Approximate year and place of death
  
== Record History <br> ==
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and became independent from England on April 18, 1980. Even though&nbsp;civil registration was established in 1890 it&nbsp;did not become mandatory until&nbsp;after independence.&nbsp;Birth registration began in 1891 and death registration in 1904. Birth and death registrations&nbsp;did not include&nbsp;African tribal members&nbsp;until 1963.  
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To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range and Volume or Certificate Number" which will take you to the images.  
  
Birth and&nbsp;death certificates are currently registered through District Registries in each town&nbsp;or city, but all records are kept at the National Archives&nbsp;in the capital city of Harare, formerly known as Salisbury. The address for the archives is at [http://www.moha.gov.zw/naz_library.php The Ministry of Home Affairs - Zimbabwe].&nbsp;Marriage certificates are also recorded.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
=== Why the Record Was Created ===
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
Registers of deaths of citizens of Rhodesia were created due to several laws (listed below)&nbsp;regarding vital records:
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These civil registration records show the deaths occurring in Zimbabwe between (and including) 1904-1976. This information can assist those searching for death dates of family members who passed away in Zimbabwe during this time period.
  
*The Executor's Accounts Act of 1864
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==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
*The Administration of Estates Ordinance No. 6 of 1907
 
*The Administration of Estates Act, Chapter 47 of 1952, and Chapter 51 of 1965&nbsp;
 
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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These records are in Afrikaans. For help with reading the records, see the following wiki article:
  
The records in this collection are generally reliable, although they contain some problems, as listed further along this article.
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[[Afrikaans Word List]]
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Zimbabwe]]  
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*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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*[[Zimbabwe]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
"Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977;" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (http://familysearch.org: accessed 13 April 2011), Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 &gt; Death indexes Open Files &gt; 1970-1976 &gt; image 6 of 241, Elizabeth Jane Archer, 1962; citing National Archives of Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1896, Vol. 1, Image 2; National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.  
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"Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977;" images, ''FamilySearch'' (http://familysearch.org: accessed 10 July 2012), Death Register &gt; 1906-1912, Vol. 14 &gt; image 116 of 241, Ernst Victor Benson, died 27 May 1912; citing registrar General. Zimbabwe, death notices. National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.  
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[[Category:Africa|Vital]]
 
[[Category:Africa|Vital]]

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Record Description

This collection includes records of Death Registers, from 1890 to 1977, Death Notices from 1904 to 1976 and Index to Death Registers from 1890 to 1977.

The records included in this collection consist of death notices and registers obtained from the National Archives at Harare and Salisbury, Zimbabwe. The collection includes indexes of closed and open files. The records are written in English.

The following explains the abbreviations found in the image indexes:

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

The death registers have the abbreviations "D.R." and 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. This conclusion was reached as a result of using the death register indexes and reading the film notes associated with these records in the Family History Catalog.

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.

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. The address for the archives is at The National Archives - Zimbabwe. Marriage certificates are also recorded.

Registers of deaths of citizens of Rhodesia were created due to several laws (listed below) regarding vital records:

  • The Executor's Accounts Act of 1864
  • The Administration of Estates Ordinance No. 6 of 1907
  • The Administration of Estates Act, Chapter 47 of 1952, and Chapter 51 of 1965

The records in this collection are generally reliable, although they contain some problems, as listed further along this article.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904-1976 collection, select the Browse.

For a list of records by surnames and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General. National Archives, Harare.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These death records 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

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year and place of death

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range and Volume or Certificate Number" which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

General Information About These Records

These civil registration records show the deaths occurring in Zimbabwe between (and including) 1904-1976. This information can assist those searching for death dates of family members who passed away in Zimbabwe during this time period.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Afrikaans. For help with reading the records, see the following wiki article:

Afrikaans Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

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 Wiki 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.

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Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977;" images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 10 July 2012), Death Register > 1906-1912, Vol. 14 > image 116 of 241, Ernst Victor Benson, died 27 May 1912; citing registrar General. Zimbabwe, death notices. National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.