Mauritius Research Tips and Strategies

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The Mauritius Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Mauritius. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

1. Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration in Mauritius is a government recording of births, marriages and deaths. The Central Civil Status Office in Port Louis holds records as far back as 1812 and the older ones that are of interest to genealogists are kept at the National Archives in the DBM Complex, Industrial Zone, Coromandel.

Recent Certificates[edit | edit source]

Certificates for Entire Country[edit | edit source]

Older Certificates are kept at the office in Port Louis.

Civil Status Division
7th Floor Emmanual Anquetil Bldg
Port Louis, Mauritius

Tel : 2012279
Fax : 00230 2112420

How to Write the Letter[edit | edit source]

For help with writing for certificates, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

2. Mauritius Archives Coromandel Mauritius[edit | edit source]

There is a rich collection of historical and genealogical records at the Mauritius Archives. To become familiar with the types of records that are available read this article, watching carefully for time periods that match your research needs:

A visit to the archives would be best, however services are available to help you with correspondence searches.

You will need to register and login

Mauritius Archives Contact Information

3. Records at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

Some records are available here but check back from time to time as more will be added.

a. Click on the Places within Mauritius drop-down menu] and select your town.
b. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
c. Choose the correct record type and time period for your ancestor.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

4. National Library Republic of Mauritius[edit | edit source]

National Library of Maritius address:
1st & 2nd Floors, Fon Sing Building
12, Edith Cavell Street, Port-Louis, Mauritius

Contact Person : Mrs T.K. Ramnauth, Director
Tel. No. 211 9891/96
Fax No. 2107173 / 2107117
E-mail :

5. London Missionary Society[edit | edit source]

  • London Missionary Society Collections SOAS University of London, holds the largest collection of Christian missionary archives in the UK; as well as personal papers of many individual missionaries. These collections span the 18th to 20th centuries and include a wealth of primary source material, such as correspondence, reports, minutes, journals, photographs and films.

Contact Information:

SOAS University of London
10 Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square

General Contact Numbers
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7637 2388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4009

Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy - Many Records in Mauritius are in French[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records