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Guide to Libya ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Country Information

Libya is a country in Africa bordered by Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, and Algeria. It was formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire and Italy. The official language is Arabic.[1]

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Libya. Since 2007, Libya has been divided into 22 districts (baladiyat):
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  1. Nuqat al Khams
  2. Zawiya
  3. Jafara
  4. Tripoli
  5. Murqub
  6. Misrata
  7. Sirte
  8. Benghazi
  9. Marj
  10. Jabal al Akhdar
  11. Derna
  12. Butnan
  13. Nalut
  14. Jabal al Gharbi
  15. Wadi al Shatii
  16. Jufra
  17. Al Wahat
  18. Ghat
  19. Wadi al Hayaa
  20. Sabha
  21. Murzuq
  22. Kufra

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Libya," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 27 April 2016.