Zimbabwe, Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976  and Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977.

Record Description

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.

Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and became independent from England 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 Ministry of Home Affairs - Zimbabwe. Marriage certificates are also recorded. 

The collection covers the time period from 1890-1977.

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.

Citation for This Collection

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.

Registrar General. Zimbabwe, death notices. National Archives, Harare, Zimbabwe.

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.

Record Content

The Zimbabwe death notices and registers contain valuable genealogical information, including:

  • Full name
  • 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

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Contributions to This Article

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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.

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.

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