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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Office of Chief Registrar
Births and Deaths Office
3 Wilberforce Street
Website: Civil registration and vital statistics systems

"The office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths is a unit of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and is responsible for vital registration. District Registrars are employees of local councils (local government) but are supervised by staff of the MoHS. Almost all of the 149 Chiefdoms have a Community Health Officer (an employee of MoHS) who registers births and deaths."[1]

National Archives of Sierra Leone
Fourah Bay College Mount
Telephone: 232 22 227509
Website: National Archives of Sierra Leone
Website #2: Sierra Leone Public Archives

The Sierra Leone Public Archives include the holdings of the British colonial government and subsequently the independent Republic of Sierra Leone.

The National Archives
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444
Contact form
Internet: UK National Archives

Some civil registration records for Sierre Leone are in the National Archives in London, England.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1810-present.

Because eastern Sierra Leone was a protectorate and the western area was established as a colony, civil registration was not, on the whole, as complete in the early nineteenth century as in other British colonies.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Estimated coverage is 75% of the British and about 25% of the indigenous inhabitants before independence.

After independence coverage would average closer to 80% of the indigenous population.

However probably less than 2% of deaths are reported.[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Records may include the following:[3]

Regarding the child:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Weight at birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Date of registration
  • Place of birth
  • Place of registration
  • Type of birth (single, twin, triplet and so forth)
  • Type of place of birth (hospital, home, etc.)
  • Attendant at birth

Regarding the mother of the child:

  • Date of birth or age
  • Marital status
  • Ethnicity
  • Educational attainment
  • Place of usual residence
  • Number of children born alive to the mother during her entire lifetime

Regarding the father of the child:

  • Date of birth or age
  • Ethnicity
  • Place of usual residence
  • Occupation

names of witnesses and their residence, occupations, and sometimes relationships

Online Records

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Records may include the following:[3]

  • Date of birth or age of bride
  • Residence of bride
  • Date of birth or age of groom
  • Residence of groom
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of registration
  • Place of marriage
  • Place of registration

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Records may include the following:[3]

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Date of birth or age
  • Ethnicity
  • Marital status
  • Place of residence
  • Date of death
  • Date of registration
  • Place of death
  • Place of registration
  • Type of place of death (hospital, home, etc.)
  • Cause of death
  • Certifier

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 World Health Organization, African Health Observatory, Sierra Leone, Copyright © 2010 — 2018, WHO | Regional Office for Africa.
  2. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Sierra Leone,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women, UNICEF Data for Sierre Leone, accessed 8 August 2019. Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.