Mauritania Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Mauritania, go to the Religious Records page.
Historical Background[edit | edit source]
Mauritania is nearly 100% Muslim, with most inhabitants adhering to the Sunni denomination. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nouakchott, founded in 1965, serves the 4,500 Catholics in Mauritania (mostly foreign residents from West Africa and Europe).
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:
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Marriage registers can give:
Burials[edit | edit source]
Burial registers may give:
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 Mauritania.
- b. Click on Places within Mauritania and a list of towns will appear.
- d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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 French Letter Writing Guide for help with composing letters.
Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]
Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]
To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a local parish, consult:
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Mauritania", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritania, accessed 14 March 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Mauritania", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Mauritania, accessed 14 March 2020.