Zimbabwe Civil Registration

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Beginning Research
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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

British Records

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Zimbabwe National Archives
Ruth Taylor, Borrowdale Road, GunHill
Harare, Zimbabwe
Email: archives@archives.gov.zw
Phone: +263 24 2792741/3
Contact Form

All records are kept at the National Archives in the capital city of Harare, formerly known as Salisbury. Records can be found at national, provincial, and district archives.[1]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Records begin about 1893. A separate registration for the Indian population covering the years 1858 to 1921 may be available.

Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and became independent from Great Britain on April 18, 1980. Even though civil registration was established in 1890 it did not become mandatory until after independence. Birth registration began in 1891 and death registration in 1904. Birth and death registrations did not include African tribal members until 1963. [1]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records are a primary source of birth, marriage, and death information for the Caucasian and Asian populations in Southern Africa. Coverage of indigenous population is significantly lower.

See also Zimbabwe, Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records for information on records available on FamilySearch.

See also the Unicef pages for Zimbabwe[2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

These records generally contain:


  • Identification number
  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Parents residence
  • Marriage place
  • Parent's names and race
  • Parent's dates and places of birth
  • Residence of informant[1]


  • Identification number of bride and groom
  • Names
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race
  • Birth date and place
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Date of banns or notice of intention[1]


  • Identification number
  • Name
  • Date and place of death
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Age at death
  • Birth date
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Pension
  • Cause of death
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Intended place of burial
  • Name of parents (if deceased under the age of ten)
  • Place of mother’s residence (if child deceased under the age of one year)
  • Name and address of informant[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. FamilySearch, Zimbabwe, Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records, (accessed 30 May 2020)
  2. UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women, UNICEF Data for Zimbabwe, accessed 30 May 2020. "Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information."