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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Morocco , go to the Religious Records page.

Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The religious affiliation in the country was estimated by the Pew Forum in 2010 as 99% Muslim, with all remaining groups accounting for less than 1% of the population. Christians are estimated at 1% (380,000) of the Moroccan population. The predominantly Roman Catholic and Protestant foreign-resident Christian community consists of approximately 40,000 practicing members. Most foreign resident Christians reside in the Casablanca, Tangier, and Rabat urban areas. [1][2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name



How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Morocco .
b. Click on Places within Morocco and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record 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 records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See French Letter Writing Guide for help with composing letters.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

There are around 50,000 Catholics in Morocco; most of them are European expatriates, with a big majority of French and Spanish from colonization and post-independence. The second group is composed of Sub-Saharan immigrants, mainly students. Aside from Arabic, all of the Europeans can speak Spanish and French, which are also spoken by Catholic Arabs, Berbers, and Moors, and these languages are used in the celebration of Mass, in prayer meetings, and in education. Catholics account for only about two-thirds of one tenth of a percent of the overall population of over 31 million. The country is divided into two archdioceses; Rabat and Tangier.[3]

Protestant Church Records[edit | edit source]

Protestants in Morocco form a very small percentage of the total population. The largest Protestant denomination in the country is the Evangelical Church of Morocco (Eglise Evangélique au Maroc), which has links to the Reformed Church of France. Service de presse Common Ground cites unspecified sources that stated that about 5,000 Moroccans became Christians between 2005 and 2010. This is a list of Protestant denominations of Morocco.

  • Independent International (CIPC / TTC / MMC / RIC)
    • (Marrakech International Protestant Church, 89 Boulevard Moulay Rachid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco)
    • (Rabat International Church, 91 Hay Nada, Rue Azzouza, Rabat, Morocco) (Phone: +212 5377-59602
  • Assemblées de Dieu
  • Eglise Evangélique au Maroc (Website)
    • (89 Boulevard Moulay Rachid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco) Phone: +212 5244-33148
    • (33 Rue d'Azilal, Casablanca, Morocco 50000) Phone: +212 620-304724 Facebook
  • Eglise Emmanuele
  • Fréres Larges
  • Mission du Monde Arabe
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church (Facebook)
  • Union Evangélique Missionaire

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Writing for Records[edit | edit source]


Anglican Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

These are English-speaking churches. See Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters or e-mails:

St. John's Church
E-mail St. John's, Casablanca: chaplain@stjohnscasablanca.org


St Andrew's Church
Rue d'Angleterre 50
Socco
Morocco

Telephone:00212 5399 45787
E-mail: tangierchaplaincy@gmail.com

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

There are two permanent chaplaincies, one in Casablanca and one in Tangier. Small groups of Anglicans have worshiped together in Marrakech, but there is no Anglican Church established here.

The Anglican Church of Saint Andrew, Tangier has become a tourist attraction, partly due to certain well-known figures buried in its churchyard.The Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist, Casablanca, is centrally located, near to the Hyatt Regency, a landmark hotel in the city centre. [5]


Orthodox Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Church of the Resurrection of Christ (English and Russian)
Place Bab Tamesna
10050 Rabat, Morocco

Phone: +212 537 697896

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Casablanca (Greek)
Ιερός Ναός Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου της Καζαμπλάνκας rue Hatim Assam
Casablanca, Morocco

Phone: +212 661 087 582

Dormition Russian Orthodox Church in Casablanca Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (English and Russian)
13 rue de Blida
20,000 Casablanca, Morocco

Phone: +212 6 18184545

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

There are three functioning Eastern Orthodox churches in Morocco: a Greek Orthodox Church in Casablanca and Russian Orthodox Churches in Rabat and Casablanca.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morocco , accessed 14 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Morocco , accessed 14 March 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church__in_Morocco , accessed 14 March 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Protestantism in Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism_in_Morocco, accessed 14 March 2020.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Christianity in Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Morocco , accessed 14 March 2020.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Christianity in Morocco ", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Morocco , accessed 14 March 2020.