Nigeria Colonial Records

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British Colonization (1900-1960)[edit | edit source]

In 1882, Britain established both northern and southern protectorates in the area of present-day Nigeria. The two protectorates were combined in 1914, and the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established. From 1957-1959, the area became self-governing under a parliamentary system. In 1960, Nigeria gained full independence through a British Act of Parliament.[1]

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 ($) 1821-2005 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1833-1961 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 ($) 1849-2003 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1927 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 ($) 1900-1959 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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Colonial Nigeria," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 July 2019.