South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page
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Access the records: South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955 .
Title in the Language of the Record
Suid-Afrika, Natal Provinsie Huwelik Index.
These records include an index with images of marriage records from the Natal Province of South Africa.
Civil marriage certificates for Natal Province sent to the Registrar General in Pretoria. Marriage certificates may include date of act, date of registration, name of bride and groom, ages, place of marriage, birth place, occupations, and residence at time of marriage. Records are usually filed by date of registration and include registrations of whites, coloureds and Indians. Text of original records is in English or Afrikaans. When searching the index, researchers should be aware that in some instances individuals only have a single name versus having both a given name and surname. Original records are conserved at the National Archives, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
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, Natal Province Marriage Index, 1845-1955" Index and Images. FamilySearch https://familysearch.org accessed : 2013. Citing Natal State Archives, Arcadia, Pretoria. Index supplied by Durban Berea South Africa Family History Centre.
Marriage records generally contain the following information
- Date of marriage
- Full name of bride and groom
- Ages of bride and groom
- Residence at the time of marriage
- Name of Judge
- Names of witnesses
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- Ancestors name
- Approximate year of birth
- Place of birth
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- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have found your ancestor's marriage certificate, you can do the following:
- Use the ages to calculate the birth year from the time of marriage.
- Use the residence of the bride or groom to search for birth records to indicate if your ancestor was born at the place of the marriage.
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