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French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1780-1999
Languages: French
Title in the Language: Polynésie française, état civil, 1780-1999
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Related Websites
Tribunal Civil, Papeete, Tahiti

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index of civil registration records that include births, marriages, and deaths from French Polynesia. The records are from the years 1780 to 1999, with a few restrictions. Birth records must be more than 120 years old, marriage records more than 100 years old, and death records more than 75 years old. Each year an additional year's worth of births, marriages, and deaths may be released for publication. The original records are located within the Tribunal Civil in Papeete, Tahiti.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of of births, marriages, and deaths for French Polynesia, 1780-1999.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in French. For help reading them see:

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Birth date
  • Name at birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Child's gender
  • Christening date


  • Marriage date
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Bride's maiden name
  • Groom’s name


  • Estimated birth date
  • Deceased's name
  • Spouse's name
  • Parents’ names
  • Burial date
  • Age at death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at French Polynesia, Civil Registration Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Look at the French Polynesia, Civil Registration Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the page
  • To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in French Polynesia Genealogy.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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