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Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Vrystaat Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords

Record Description

This collection includes records from 1848 to 1956. It consists of an index and images of christenings, marriages and memberships.

The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. The records are found in different registration formats, most are written in Dutch while others are in Afrikaans and English.

From 1652 to 1862, all church records are in the Dutch Reformed Church's Cape Archives. From 1862 to the present, the records are in individual churches and the church's provincial archives. From 1632 to 1780, the Dutch Reformed Church was the only established church, and it recorded other denominational baptisms. Forty-three percent of the white population in Free State, South Africa are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.

To learn more about Dutch Reformed Church Records, see the wiki article, South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) for more information.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956.

For translation help, see Dutch Genealogical Word List, Afrikaans Word List

Record Content

South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church baptism record.jpg
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church marriage record.jpg
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church membership record.jpg

Christening records may contain the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of christening
  • Place of christening
  • Parents' names
  • Date of birth
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Place of marriage
  • Date of marriage
  • Groom's full name and surname
  • Bride's full name and surname
  • Bride and groom's ages
  • Occupation of groom
  • Occupation of bride
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Membership records may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of baptism
  • Age
  • Place of residence

How to Use the Record

This section provides tips and information on how to search the collection. 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, age, estimated event year, and family relationships.

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate “Province”
⇒Select the appropriate “Town/Municipality”
⇒Select the appropriate “Event Type” 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.


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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.

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Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Dutch Reformed Church Synod Centre, Bloemfontein.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956.

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, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956.


 

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