South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords  
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Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Hervormde Kerk Rekords  
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection dates from 1660 through 1970.
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This collection dates from 1660 through 1970.  
  
 
The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. Baptisms and marriages are found in different registration formats; most are written in Dutch, though others are in Afrikaans, Dutch, or English. Deaths records are not found among these registers.  
 
The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. Baptisms and marriages are found in different registration formats; most are written in Dutch, though others are in Afrikaans, Dutch, or English. Deaths records are not found among these registers.  
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When South Africa was settled by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, they transplanted their Dutch Reformed theology into the African continent. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa was formally established in 1652 and became the only official church in South Africa until 1778, when freedom of public worship was given to other churches. The history of the Dutch Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive in care of the registrar. Since 1928 the registrar sends the registries to be archived at the Central Archive of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa.  
 
When South Africa was settled by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, they transplanted their Dutch Reformed theology into the African continent. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa was formally established in 1652 and became the only official church in South Africa until 1778, when freedom of public worship was given to other churches. The history of the Dutch Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive in care of the registrar. Since 1928 the registrar sends the registries to be archived at the Central Archive of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa.  
  
The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa consists of three separate churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk (the largest and usually called the Dutch Reform Church; the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (largely restricted to the Transvaal); and the Gereformeede Kerk in Suid Afrika (the Doppers). During the 17th and 18th Centuries the Dutch Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and practically all the whites in the Cape belonged to it. In the following Centuries, several other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church.
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The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa consists of three separate churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk (the largest and usually called the Dutch Reform Church; the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (largely restricted to the Transvaal); and the Gereformeede Kerk in Suid Afrika (the Doppers). During the 17th and 18th Centuries the Dutch Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and many white residents of the Cape belonged to it. In later years other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church.  
 
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1478678/waypoints Browse].  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1478678/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
{{Collection citation|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Reformed churches. South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church registers. Cape Dutch Reformed Church Archives, Grey's Pass, Cape Town, South Africa.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
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{{Collection citation|text = "South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Cape Dutch Reformed Church Archives. Grey's Pass, Cape Town, South Africa.}}  
  
 
[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
== Record Content  ==
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== Record Content and Use ==
  
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="South Africa Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Record Examples">
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For details about the contents of these records, their history, and help using them see the wiki article: [[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
Image:South Africa Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records Birth DGS 4434390_171.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:South Africa Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records Marriage DGS 4322664_786.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church DGS 4434392 68 Baptism.jpg|Baptism Record  
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Image:South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church DGS 4434431 23 Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record  
 
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'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''
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==== Search This Collection  ====
 
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*Name of child
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*Child's date of birth
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*Child's date and place of baptism
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
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*Parents' residence
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*Witness’ names and their place of residence
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*Officiant at the baptismal ceremony
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Race of the husband and wife
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*Name and age of groom
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*Groom's country of birth
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*Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
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*Name and age of bride
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*Bride's country of birth
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*Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
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*Marriage by license or banns
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*Names of witnesses
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*Name of minister and religious denomination
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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To begin your search in the baptismal records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Names of parents
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*Name of province
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==== Search this Collection  ====
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Country" category<br>⇒Select the "Province" category<br>⇒Select the "Municipality or Town" category which will take you to the images<br>
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s in the records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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'''For example:'''
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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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page: <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Country" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Province" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality or Town" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which will take you to the images.<br>
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the child being baptized, the bride, or the groom; this is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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Look at the images one by one 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. Keep in mind:  
  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Afrikaans Word List|Afrikaans Word List]]
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*[[Afrikaans Word List|Afrikaans Word List]]  
 
*[[South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South Africa]]
 
*[[South Africa]]

Revision as of 20:56, 31 July 2013

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Hervormde Kerk Rekords

Record Description

This collection dates from 1660 through 1970.

The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. Baptisms and marriages are found in different registration formats; most are written in Dutch, though others are in Afrikaans, Dutch, or English. Deaths records are not found among these registers.

When South Africa was settled by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, they transplanted their Dutch Reformed theology into the African continent. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa was formally established in 1652 and became the only official church in South Africa until 1778, when freedom of public worship was given to other churches. The history of the Dutch Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive in care of the registrar. Since 1928 the registrar sends the registries to be archived at the Central Archive of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa consists of three separate churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk (the largest and usually called the Dutch Reform Church; the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (largely restricted to the Transvaal); and the Gereformeede Kerk in Suid Afrika (the Doppers). During the 17th and 18th Centuries the Dutch Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and many white residents of the Cape belonged to it. In later years other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church.

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

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Cape Dutch Reformed Church Archives. Grey's Pass, Cape Town, South Africa.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content and Use

For details about the contents of these records, their history, and help using them see the wiki article: South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Search This Collection

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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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.

Look at the images one by one 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Web Sites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970," database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XKHS-PVJ&nbsp;: accessed 1 May 2012), Maria Gysberta Jacoba Klerck (1863).