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Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords

Record Description

This collection will include records from 1856 to 1988.

These records include images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries. The text of the records is in Afrikaans.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content


Baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's birth date
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name of person performing baptism

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of both husband and wife
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's country of birth
  • Groom's occupation and residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's country of birth
  • Bride's occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Consent or order for marriage given by whom
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiant at ceremony

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of baptism and marriage
  • Ancestor's Religion

Searching the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Country"
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality or Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Afrikaans. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Afrikaans Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

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Don't overlook FHL Place South Africa items or FHL Keyword South Africa items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see South Africa Archives and Libraries.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

South Africa Websites

Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Reformed Church Archives, Potchefstroom, South Africa.


Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988.

 

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