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German Protectorate (1885-1888)

The colonization of Kenya began with Germany instituting a protectorate over the Sultan of Zanzibar's coastal possessions in 1885. When the Imperial British East Africa Company arrived in 1888, war was prevented when Germany ceded its coastal holdings to Britain in 1890. [1]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records

British Colonization (1888-1963)

Kenya became a free country in 1963. In 1964, Kenya became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Kenya. The official languages are English and Swahili. [2]

To learn about colonial Kenya, you may want to read some of the following books:

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, Kenya at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1821-2005 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Kenya at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-1996 Banns and marriages English British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, Kenya at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-2005 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1827-1930 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.
Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda telephone directory 1920-? Telephone directory English Residents of Nairobi, Mombasa, and other towns in Kenya
UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969, Kenya at Ancestry - index ($) 1905-1923 Birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records English Records in this collection come from a variety sources. Events include both British and non-British nationals
Kenya Gazette at Archive.org 20th Century Colonial Newspapers English These newspapers sometimes detail probate and land information of those living in the Kenya Colony.
Kenya Gazette at Google Books 20th Century Colonial Newspapers English These newspapers sometimes detail probate and land information of those living in the Kenya Colony.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kenya," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya#British_Kenya_(1888%E2%80%931962), accessed 22 July 2019.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Kenya," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya#British_Kenya_(1888%E2%80%931962), accessed 22 July 2019.