Mayotte, France Genealogy

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Mayotte Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Mayotte Background
Local Research Resources

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

Country Information

Mayotte is an overseas island department of France. Its nearest neighbors are Madagascar and Mozambique. The official language is French.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Mayotte Research

Links to articles on getting started with Mayotte research.

Mayotte Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Mayotte research.

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Mayotte Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Mayotte.

Mayotte Communes:
1. Dzaoudzi
2. Pamandzi
3. Mamoudzou
4. Dembeni
5. Bandrélé
6. Kani-Kéli
7. Bouéni
8. Chirongui
9. Sada

10. Ouangani
11. Chiconi
12. Tsingoni
13. M'Tsangamouji
14. Acoua
15. Mtsamboro
16. Bandraboua
17. Koungou

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Online Church Records and Civil Registration

The vast majority of your research will be in church records and civil registration. Fortunately, these records are available online from the archives of each department.

How to Read the Records

Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records

Finding Church Records and Civil Registration Online

Each Department of France has archives that provide digitized images of these records.
Here is the website for the Department Archives of Mayotte, where you will find these records.
National Overseas Archives, Mayotte

FamilySearch Resources

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


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Mayotte," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 27 April 2016.