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Guide to Lesotho ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Lesotho Background
Local Research Resources

Country Information

Lesotho is an enclave country in Africa within South Africa. It was previously known as Basutoland. Great Britain formerly ruled the area. The official languages are Sesotho and English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Lesotho Research

Links to articles on getting started with Lesotho research.

Lesotho Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Lesotho research.

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Lesotho Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Lesotho.
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Lesotho. Districts:

  • Berea
  • Butha-Buthe
  • Leribe
  • Mafeteng
  • Maseru
  • Mohale's Hoek
  • Mokhotlong
  • Qacha's Nek
  • Quthing
  • Thaba-Tseka

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lesotho," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 22 April 2016.