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Guide to Free State Province, South Africa ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.


Historical Overview


Free Statia: reminiscences of a lifetime in the Orange Free State - Available on microfilm from the Family History Library.


List of cities and towns in the Free State.

Maps and gazetteers

A comprehensive set of maps of the Free State, South Africa.



Bloemfontein (Hamilton) Was Cemetery grave listings

Free State, South Africa Cemeteries - War graves project.

Bethelem Cemetery - Van Heerden Family Tree listings

Grave yards in Free State (The Genealogical Society of South Africa)

Find A Grave records for Free State, South Africa


Church records

Dutch Reformed Church (NGK)

The Dutch Reform Church records collection on FamilySearch includes records from 1848 to 1956.

Dutch Reformed Church (NHK)
Reformed Church (GK)

Parish registers, Catholic Church, Mission, Tempe (Orange Free State), 1869-1930 - microfilm available from the Family History Library.


Civil Registration




Land records

Orange Free State (South Africa). Registrar of Deeds, 1848-1934.

Orange Free State (South Africa). Land Board - Property claims, confiscations and forfeitures, 1853-1866.


Probate records

See here for a description of what death notices are and where they are located.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 - Images of estate files from The Master of Supreme Court in Bloemfontein.  

Index of Surnames for complete files in the 1951 Free State Estate Files collection on

The Family History Library has microfilm ofEstate files, Orange Free State, 1832-1989.

School records

Tax records

Web Sites

Microfilm available at the Family History Library

Further Reading



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