Cyprus Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

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Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Civil Registry and Migration Department
Arch. Makariou Avenue, 90, 1077
Nicosia, Cyprus

Civil Registry Telephone: +357 22308808

+357 22308811

Marriage records are at the office above. This facility likely also houses the material pertaining to Northern Cyprus.

Birth and death records are available at district offices.
Web Portal of the Republic of Cyprus lists the contact information of Municipalities and Communities.

The following may be able to answer questions and has an email:
Population and Immigration Archive Department
Archbishop Makarios
III Avenue, 90, 1077,
Nicosia, Cyprus

E-mail: migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration was introduced under British rule, which began in 1878. It was conducted at civil registry offices in larger cities. Prior to British occupation there was no distinction between records created by the church and those created by the state. Thus church records fill the civil registration niche prior to British civil registration.[1]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage: 90 to 95%. Time periods vary:

  • Nikosia - 1883 to present
  • Famagusta - 1914 to present
  • Larnaka - 1895 to present
  • Limassol - 1896 to present
  • Pafos - 1870 to present
  • Kyrenia - 1915 to present.[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Birthplace
  • Status of legitimacy
  • Father's name and residence, age, occupation, sometimes name of father’s father
  • Mother's name and age, sometimes her birthplace and her father's name
  • Witnesses' names

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Residence
  • Previous marital status
  • Occupation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Sometimes names of parents

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Cyprus,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1994-1998.