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The Global Civil Registration Timeline

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG®

Chronological Arrangement Alphabetical Arrangement

Civil registration, or government-mandated recording of births, marriages, and deaths, began in France under the rule of Napoleon. This useful idea spread throughout the Western World during the century that followed. The timeline below identifies years when various countries began to register births. Click on hyperlinked text to view regional variations within individual countries.

Chronological Arrangement

1792 France
1796 Belgium
1796 Luxemburg
1798 Switzerland
1804 Italy
1808 Poland
1811 Netherlands
1812 Slovenia
1828 Dominican Republic
1837 England
1837 Wales
1838 Australia
1848 New Zealand
1850 Brazil
1855 Scotland
1856 Greece
1859 El Salvador
1859 México
1860 Sweden
1864 Canada
1864 Ireland
1865 Colombia
1868 South Africa
1870 Spain
1873 Venezuela
1874 Denmark
1876 Germany
1876 Norway
1877 Guatemala
1879 Nicaragua
1879 Uruguay
1880 Paraguay
1881 Argentina
1881 Honduras
1884 Turkey
1885 Chile
1885 Cuba
1885 Puerto Rico
1886 Perú
1888 Costa Rica
1889 Phillipines
1895 Hungary
1895 Serbia & Montenegro
1900 Ecuador
1911 Portugal
1914 Panama
1917 Russia
1923 Finland
1940 Bolivia
1946 Croatia
1946 Macedonia
Variations United States

Alphabetical Arrangement

Argentina 1881
Australia 1838
Belgium 1796
Bolivia 1940
Brazil 1850
Canada 1864
Chile 1885
Colombia 1865
Costa Rica 1888
Croatia 1946
Cuba 1885
Denmark 1874
Dominican Republic 1828
Ecuador 1900
El Salvador 1859
England 1837
Finland 1923
France 1792
Germany 1876
Greece 1856
Guatemala 1877
Honduras 1881
Hungary 1895
Ireland 1864
Italy 1804
Luxemburg 1796
Macedonia 1946
México 1859
Netherlands 1811
New Zealand 1848
Nicaragua 1879
Norway 1876
Panama 1914
Paraguay 1880
Perú 1886
Phillipines 1889
Poland 1808
Portugal 1911
Puerto Rico 1885
Russia 1917
Scotland 1855
Serbia & Montenegro 1895
Slovenia 1812
South Africa 1868
Spain 1870
Sweden 1860
Switzerland 1798
Turkey 1884
United States Variations
Uruguay 1879
Venezuela 1873
Wales 1837

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