Bosnia and Herzegovina Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

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Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records are available at civil registration offices in the municipalities.[1]

For a list of municipalities with a map, see Municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Wikipedia.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Ottoman population registers functioned in the role of civil registration until 1878, when Bosnia came under the control of Austro-Hungary.

Civil registration began in 1946 and exists to the present. There is no central office for birth, death and marriage records.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth records[edit | edit source]

  • Name
  • Date of birth (including time of day)
  • Names of parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Occupation of parents
  • Religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant.

Marriage records[edit | edit source]

  • Date of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Residences
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records[edit | edit source]

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Bosnia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.
  2. Thomas Jay Kemp, “International Vital Records Handbook, 7th Edition,” Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore : 2017, p. 467.