Central African Republic Church Records

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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Central African Republic, go to the Religious Records page.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Christianity is the largest religion in Central African Republic, with Protestantism being the largest denomination. Roman Catholic and Protestant missions are scattered throughout the territory. About 51 percent of the population are Protestant; another 29 percent are Roman Catholic. Missionary groups within the country include Lutherans, Baptists, Grace Brethren, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.[1][2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name

How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Central African Republic.
b. Click on Places within Central African Republic and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See French Letter Writing Guide for help with composing letters.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are over 1.5 million Catholics in the country which represents slightly more than a third of the total population.[3][4]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Online information is available to current members, for deceased members and immediate family members who are still living. Sign in to FamilySearch and then select Family Tree in the drop-down menu.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The first known member living in Central Africa Republic was a returned missionary with the United States Peace Corps in 1991. She shared the gospel with many of her associates and in September 1991 was set apart as a district missionary. In September 1992, 20 converts were baptized and two branches (small congregations) organized in Bangui. A few months later a French missionary couple arrived. Total Church Membership: 239. Congregations: 1.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Central African Republic", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Republic, accessed 22 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Central African Republic", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_the_Central_African_Republic, accessed 22 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Central African Republic", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_the_Central_African_Republic, accessed 14 March 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Central African Republic", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_in_Africa, accessed 14 March 2020.
  5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Central African Republic, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Central-African-Republic, accessed 22 March 2020.