FYROM (Macedonia) Civil Registration

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  • Ottoman population registers functioned in the role of civil registration 1831-1913 when Macedonia became part of Serbia.
  • Males were counted before 1881 but everyone thereafter noting sex; birth date; residence; age; religion; craft or occupation; marital status, marriage date; health; military status. Some registers may be located in state and provincial archives, while most are probably at the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Civil registration began in 1946.

Research use: Uniquely identifies individuals and spans generations.

Record type: Civil records of birth, marriage, and death.

General: Ottoman population registers functioned in the role of civil registration until 1913 when FYROM (Macedonia)became part of Serbia.

Time period: 1946-present.

Contents: Birth, marriage, and death records have the exact date of the event, including time of day for births; name of principal and parents; occupation and religious preference of parents; name of informant for births and names of witnesses for marriages; place of residence for parents of new born, of the groom and bride for marriages, and of the deceased for deaths; age at death, cause of death, and place of burial in death records.

Location: Civil registration offices. The system is under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and is separate from the archive system.

Population coverage: 90-95% coverage of the population.

Reliability: High.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Macedonia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1998.