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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Kuwait, go to the Religious Records page.

Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Christianity is a minority religion in Kuwait. Kuwait has a native Christian community, with a total population of between 200 and 400. In 2014, there were an estimated 259 Christian Kuwaitis residing in Kuwait. Kuwait is the only GCC country besides Bahrain to have a local Christian population who hold citizenship. Of the non-citizen population, there are an estimated 832,475 Christians (June 2018), or 18.24% of the population.

The government-recognized Christian churches include the Roman Catholic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the National Evangelical Church Kuwait (Protestant), the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Catholic (Melkite) Church, the Anglican Church, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also many Christian religious groups not officially recognized by the government with smaller populations, including the Indian Orthodox, Mar Thoma, and Seventh-day Adventist Church. Unrecognized groups are generally free to worship in private. There are also a number of believers in Christ from a Muslim background in the country, though many are not citizens. A 2015 study estimates that around 350 people in the country follow these beliefs.[1][2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):

Baptisms[edit | edit source]

In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name



How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Kuwait.
b. Click on Places within Kuwait and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters.


Anglican (Episcopal) Church Records [edit | edit source]

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Armenian Orthodox or Apostolic[edit | edit source]

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Coptic Orthodox Church[edit | edit source]

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Greek Orthodox Church Records [edit | edit source]

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Greek Melkite Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Kuwait extends its jurisdiction over the Melkite Greek Catholic faithful Catholic in Kuwait. It comprises a single parish in Kuwait City, which had 800 baptized Melkite Catholics in 2005. From the second half of the twentieth century was formed in Kuwait a community of Melkite Greek Catholics, mostly Arab workers of the nearby region. The church service was assured, at least initially, by Latin apostolic vicars. It was governed as a Patriarchal Vicariate of Antioch.On 25 March 1972 the Patriarch Maximos V Hakim erected the Patriarchal Exarchate.[3]

Indian Orthodox Church[edit | edit source]

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Marthoma Church Records [edit | edit source]

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National Evangelical Church Kuwait (Protestant)[edit | edit source]

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Pentecostal Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Roman Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Church in Kuwait is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are over 140,000 Catholics in the country - representing about 6% of the population. There are no dioceses in the country, but Kuwait falls under the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia. There was a cathedral in Kuwait City dedicated to the Holy Family. However, this church lost its status as a cathedral after the apostolic vicariate moved its headquarters to Bahrain. The other parishes are St. Thérèse Parish, Salmiya and Our Lady of Arabia Parish, Ahmadi. [4]

Syriac Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Seventh-day Adventist Church Records[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kuwait", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait, accessed 1 April 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Kuwait", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Kuwait, accessed 1 April 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Kuwait", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melkite_Greek_Catholic_Patriarchal_Exarchate_of_Kuwait, accessed 12 April 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Kuwait", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_in_Kuwait, accessed 12 April 2020.