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Ottoman Empire (1551-1911)[edit | edit source]

Although part of the Ottoman Empire from the mid-16th century, the country enjoyed autonomous rule from 1711-1835. In 1835, the Ottomans re-instituted direct rule which lasted until 1911 when Italy launched an attack against the Turks.[1]

Italian Colonization (1911-1943)[edit | edit source]

Italy launched a war against the Ottoman Empire for control of Libya in 1911. Their rule lasted until the Allied Forces gained control in 1943.[2]

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

British Colonization (1943-1951)[edit | edit source]

The former Italian colony of Libya was governed by the Allies of World War Two, also known as the United Nations, from 1943 until 1951. The British Military administration controlled the regions of Cyrenaica and Tripolitania of the former Italian Libya. Libya declared its independence in December 1951.[3]

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 ($) 1821-1994 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-1984 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 ($) 1849-1994 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1847-1881 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.
UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969, COUNTRY at Ancestry - index ($) 1947 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
Marriage documents, wills, and death certificates from Tripoli, Libya, 1860-1940 1860-1940 Marriages and deaths English Civil Registration. Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, Surrey, England.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brittanica contributors, "Libya-History," in Encyclopedia Brittanica,, accessed 7 August 2019.
  2. Droodkin, "Fourth Shore - the Italian Colonization of Libya," in History is Now magazine,, accessed 7 August 2019.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "British Military Administration (Libya)," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 7 August 2019.