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* Records in Bangladesh 
Registering births, marriages and deaths is not mandatory in Bangladesh. In rural areas, some did not register at all.

Records of births, marriages and deaths may be held at the City Council or Municipal Corporation of each town

During partition in 1947, there was a successful attempt to divide archival material equally between East and West Bengal. In 1971 similar attempts were made to claim material from the Pakistan authorities relevant to East Bengal (East Pakistan). However, not all the records were transferred to Bangladesh.

The National Archives of Bangladesh holds the:

  • District records
  • Proceedings
  • Secretariat records
  • Dhaka Divisional Commissioner's
  • Old newspapers
  • Government gazettes
  • Press cuttings
  • Old maps
  • Gazettes and printed correspondence files from Calcutta (these were transferred in 1947, however, they are not complete)
The address is:
Bangladesh National Library and Archives
32 Justice Sayed Mahbub Murshed Sarani
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar (Agargaon)
Dhaka 1207
Tel: +880 2 326572

For further advice on family history research in Bangladesh, please contact the National Archives of Bangladesh.

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