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

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Country Information

Somalia is a country in Africa bordered by Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya. It was formerly under the rule of Great Britain and Italy. The official languages are Somali and Arabic.[1]

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Getting Started with Somalia Research

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Somalia Research Tools

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Somalia.
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Somalia. Somalia has 18 regions (plural - NA, singular - gobolka).

  1. Lower Juba
  2. Middle Juba
  3. Gedo
  4. Bay
  5. Bakool
  6. Lower Shebelle
  7. Banaadir
  8. Middle Shebelle
  9. Hiran
  10. Galguduud
  11. Mudug
  12. Nugal
  13. Bari
  14. Sool
  15. Sanaag
  16. Togdheer
  17. Woqooyi Galbeed
  18. Awdal

FamilySearch Resources

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Somalia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 21 April 2016.