Lebanon Genealogy

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

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Lebanon is a country in the Middle East bordered by Syria and Israel. It was formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. The official language is Arabic.[1]

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Lebanon. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Lebanon. Lebanon is divided into six governorates and further subdivided into twenty-five districts.  The districts themselves are also divided into several municipalities, each enclosing a group of cities or villages:

Beirut Governorate (city of Beirut only)

Nabatieh Governorate (Jabal Amel)

  • Bint Jbeil
  • Hasbaya
  • Marjeyoun
  • Nabatieh

Beqaa Governorate

  • Baalbek
  • Hermel
  • Rashaya
  • Western Beqaa (al-Beqaa al-Gharbi)
  • Zahle

North Governorate (al-Shamal)

  • Akkar
  • Batroun
  • Bsharri
  • Koura
  • Miniyeh-Danniyeh
  • Tripoli
  • Zgharta

Mount Lebanon Governorate (Jabal Lubnan)

  • Aley
  • Baabda
  • Byblos (Jbeil)
  • Chouf
  • Keserwan
  • Matn

South Governorate (al-Janoub)

  • Jezzine
  • Sidon (Saida)
  • Tyre (Sur)

Two new governorates have been approved but not yet implemented: Akkar (from Akkar District) and Baalbek-Hermel (from Baalbek District and Hermel District).

To find towns and cities, use Lebanese Gazeteer

FamilySearch Resources

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


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lebanon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon, accessed 27 April 2016.