Albania Civil Registration

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Civil Registration consists of records of births, marriages, and deaths maintained by civil authorities. These records are excellent for family and relationship linkage. They identify names of parents, prove other relationships, and are very useful for linking generations. There was no civil registration until 1929. Ottoman population registers functioned in the role of civil registration until 1912.


  • Birth – name; sex; date and place of birth; legitimacy status; father's name and age, occupation; mother's name and age.
  • Marriage – names of groom and bride, date and place of marriage; ages, residence, previous marital status; place of birth, names of parent’s of the groom and bride.
  • Death – name of deceased, date of death and burial, place and cause of death, age, occupation; marital status, spouse’s name; burial information; sometimes birthplace.

Existing civil registration is likely kept in local municipality and community offices. The present regime has no resources to expend on preservation of old records and It is not known how well these records are being preserved. Older civil registration are likely held by the Central State Archives of Albania in Tiranë. None of these records have been acquired by the Family History Library. It may be possible to access them by correspondence or by hiring a local researcher.