Benin Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

French Overseas National Archives[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Collections[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

  • 1802-1902: Registres de l'état civil de Saint-Benin-d'Azy (Nièvre) 1793-1862; tables décennales 1802-1902, FHL films 605966–605972


Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Certificates were recorded by the office in the location in which the event took place. If you know your ancestor's town, send your request to:[1]

Mayor's Office of Prefecture
(Town), Benin

For any additional questions or inquiries:

Archives Nationales du Bénin
Address:
Route de Missérété
face Ecole Régionale Supérieure de la Magistrature, Ouando
Porto-Novo
Benin

Mailing address:
629 Porto-Novo
Benin
Telephone: +229 20 24 66 07
Website: http://www.dan.ilemi.net/


Embassy of the Republic of Benin
2124 Kalorama Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008
USA
Telephone: 202-232-6656

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • Vital Registration (also known as Dahomey) began in Benin in 1933, but mostly pertained to French citizens and other foreigners.
  • By the year 1950, most residents within 15 miles of a registration center were included.
  • Benin became independent on 1 August 1960.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage: Estimated at 70% for the more recent time period.[3]

  • Vital Registration (also known as Dahomey) began in Benin in 1933, but mostly pertained to French citizens and other foreigners.
  • By the year 1950, most residents within 15 miles of a registration center were included.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Research use: They identify names of parents, prove other relationships, and are very useful for linking generations.

Record type: Births, marriages, and deaths.

Time period: 1893 to present.

Contents:
Birth – name, birth date and place, parents’ names, father’s occupation and residence.
Marriage – name of bride and groom, date and place of marriage, names of parents.
Death – name of deceased, date and place of death, age and residence at time of death, occupation, cause of death.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Thomas Jay Kemp, “International Vital Records Handbook, 5th Edition,” Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore : 2009.
  2. Thomas Jay Kemp, “International Vital Records Handbook, 5th Edition,” Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore : 2009.
  3. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Benin,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.