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This Collection includes records of Death Registers, from 1890 to 1977, Death Notices from 1904 to 1976 and Index to Death Registers from 1890 to 1977.
The records included in this collection consist of death notices and registers obtained from the National Archives at Harare and Salisbury, Zimbabwe. The collection includes indexes of closed and open files. The records are written in English.
Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and became independent from England on April 18, 1980. Even though civil registration was established in 1890 it did not become mandatory until after independence. Birth registration began in 1891 and death registration in 1904. Birth and death registrations did not include African tribal members until 1963.
Birth and death certificates are currently registered through District Registries in each town or city, but all records are kept at the National Archives in the capital city of Harare, formerly known as Salisbury. The address for the archives is at The Ministry of Home Affairs - Zimbabwe. Marriage certificates are also recorded.
The collection covers the time period from 1890-1977.
Registers of deaths of citizens of Rhodesia were created due to several laws (listed below) regarding vital records:
- The Executor's Accounts Act of 1864
- The Administration of Estates Ordinance No. 6 of 1907
- The Administration of Estates Act, Chapter 47 of 1952, and Chapter 51 of 1965
The records in this collection are generally reliable, although they contain some problems, as listed further along this article.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904-1976 collection, select the Browse.
For a list of records by surnames and dates currently published in the Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
- Registrar General. Zimbabwe, death notices. National Archives, Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe death notices and registers contain valuable genealogical information, including:
- Full name
- Place of Residence
- Marital Status
- Date of Marriage (if applicable)
- Number of Children
- Date of Death
- Place of Death
- Intended Burial Location
- Cause of Death
- Duration of Last Illness
- Medical Man's Name and Residence
- Property left by the Deceased
How to Use the Record
This civil registration record shows the deaths occuring in Zimbabwe between (and including) 1904-1976. This information can assist those searching for death dates of family members who passed away in Zimbabwe during this time period.
Beginning Your Search
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Ancestor's name
- Approximate year of birth, marriage or death
- Names of family members
Searching the Images
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Record Type" category
⇒Select the "Year Range and Volume or Certificate Number" category which will take you to the images.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977;" images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 10 July 2012), Death Register > 1906-1912, Vol. 14 > image 116 of 241, Ernst Victor Benson, died 27 May 1912; citing registrar General. Zimbabwe, death notices. National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.