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Does anyone know how or where we can find Births and Deaths registered in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. 
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RE: Rhodesian Births and Deaths
Careen Gait Smith
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I need more info on my mother Athina George born 6th October 1914 no. of entry 189/14. Father Strati George, born Greece mother Cina Hall born Transvaal.
Careen Gait Smith
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RE: Rhodesian Births and Deaths
Anne Klopper
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Shell wrote:

Hi I have just seen your question.  I don't know if you had any responses but here is what I have used for death notices...


I am copying and pasting from a email from Tessa King of rhodesian-pioneers@rootsweb.com

I have found it very useful. 



I am taking the liberty of posting a Tutorial that Russell Clayton drew up for members of the various South African lists. There has been so much confusion and some, like myself, have used up enormous amounts of bandwidth trying to find the relevant document.


Here is the tutorial on searching for the Rhodesian Death Register references and then finding the actual document(s). Please note that what the website refers to as Death Registers are actually Death Notices, in most cases nearly identical to our South African DN's. To illustrate we'll search for LLOYD references.


Step 1: Open the FamilySearch website https://www.familysearch.org/


Step 2: Ignore the Search function (these records are not indexed yet).

Select "Africa"


Step 3: On this page select "Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977"


Step 4: On this page select "Browse through 74,045 images"


Step 5: This next page contains all the Index books. Ignore "Death indexes Open Files" and "Death Indexes Surnames  A-Z" for now. All the remaining indexes are logically set out in alphabetic order. In your case you want to  search LLOYD, so select "Death indexes Surnames KE-L"


Step 6: Click on "1892-1976"


Step 7: You'll now see the cover of the index book. You can adjust the size and position of the image by using the controls in the bottom left corner.

Either in the top left or right corner you will see a line saying "Image 1 of 48", with the 1 being inside a small box. By changing this number you can select which page of the 48 to go to.

You do not know which page LLOYD is on, so you have to estimate.

You can go back and forth one page at a time  by using the arrow controls in the top right-hand corner.


Step 8: By trial and error you have found that the LLOYD references are on pages 39 and 40. With pleasure you spot  an entry for Clarence Arthur LLOYD.

You know that he has a wife named Laura about whom you have scant  details, so you are pleased to find an entry for Laura LLOYD, who may be his wife.

Write down the references, which are 55/139 and 69/131. You also jot down  a reference to John Edward LLOYD, as he is a  also likely in your family tree (795/62).


Step 9: When you have all the references, click on "Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977"  at the top of the page. This will take you back to to the webpage containg all the Index books.


Step 10: The last entry of the second column is "Death registers"; click on this.


Step 11: The index entry for Clarence Arthur LLOYD 55/139 will take you to Vol. 55. Click on Vol. 55.


Step 12: This webpage shows Image 1 of 283. Again, by trial and error you get to the correct DN No. 139. They are  all labelled in the top right corner.

In this case it is image 169. You can save this image to your hard drive.

Click the Save button at the top of the window.


Step 13: Similarly, you find the DN for Laura  (69/131) by clicking on "Death registers" at the top of the page and browsing through Vol 69.


Step 14: To find the entry for John Edward LLOYD 795/62, you again click on "Death registers" at the top of he page. From 1953 on, the registers are arranged by individual year.


Step 15: Click on " 1962,  #551-1145".


Step 16: You find the DN as image 258.


Step 17: Click on "Zimbabwe, Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register,  1892-1977". This takes you  back to all the indexes.


Step 18:   Click on   "Death Indexes Surnames  A-Z"  This folder contains a

separate index of DN's all labelled with the  prefix B. Any index reference number found here has to be browsed for in the releavant year's "B" section.  These are to be found from 1959 onwards.


This website is a treasure trove to anyone doing South African research.


Take care

Does anyone know how or where we can find Births and Deaths registered in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. 

Anne Klopper
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RE: Rhodesian Births and Deaths [2]
John Entwistle
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       Thanks for posting the instructions for the Rhodesian Death Registers. My usual way of doing new things is the Australian way............ "Stuff it up first, then read the instructions"

This time I'm glad I did it properly. Followed the instructions and found half a dozen deceased Buchan relatives who settled in Salisbury at the turn of the 20th century. It adds a whole new branch to my family tree.

Yourself and Tessa King have helped me immensely,





John Entwistle
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