Egypt Civil Registration

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Historical Background

In 1907, the Ottoman Empire made a decree that expanded record keeping by penalizing those who did not comply. As a result, there is a greater microdata coverage after 1907, and sparse coverage prior to 1907.

Census Records

1848 Census: Includes the following key fields:

  • Name
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Legal Status (free, slave, or emancipated slave)
  • Nationality
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Place of Origin
  • Occupation
  • School enrollment for male children
  • Infirmities
  • Physical Description (in rural provinces)