Births, Marriages and Deaths

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Church records

In Fiji, as in other countries, baptisms, marriages and burials were recorded by the various churches. The first missionaries, of the Wesleyan Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches, were concerned with the conversion of souls and kept good records of baptisms and marriages.

Early Wesleyan Methodist registers have been lodged with the National Archives of Fiji, and bound copies are available for inspection at their reading room in Suva.

Roman Catholic registers are mostly held by the local parishes.

Civil registration

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began with the British Government in 1874, although not all of these events were registered in the early years of the British Government. They were separated into Fijian, Indian and General registers. Eventually the Indian registrations were included in the General registers.

Indexes and registrations to the 1980s are available on LDS microfilm from the Family History Library.

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Land and Property

The Family History Library has a good selection of documents available for land and property in Fiji. Not all are available at Family History Centers in Fiji. Here is a selection of the documents relevant to historical research.

Certificates of title for land Fiji. Registrar-General’s Office. 36 microfilm reels. Original registers to 1970, 400 titles per reel in title number order.

Crown grants of land Fiji. Registrar General’s office. 4 microfilm reels. Original registers to 1970, 300-450 grants per reel in grant number order.

Crown lease records for Fiji 1889-1989. Land Titles Office. 16 microfilm reels. Original documents ordered chronologically, although some years filmed out of sequence. Films 1817426-1814741 inclusive.

Fiji, minutes of the Executive Council sitting for the rehearing of claims to land … 1879-1880. Fiji Executive Council. Filmed by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau in 1973 (PMB Manuscript No. 206). 1 microfilm reel. Film 1341264.

Land deed books for Fiji 1879-1990. Land Titles Office. 8 microfilm reels. Original documents ordered chronologically, although some filmed out of sequence. Films 1817418-1817424.

Native land records 1890-1980. Native Lands Commission. 107 microfilm reels. Original records at the Ministry of Fijian Affairs. See separate post.

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