South Africa, Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

Revision as of 18:22, 14 January 2013 by Skidmore (Talk | contribs)
FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at


Title in the Language of the Record

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1856 to 1988.

This collection contains images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries.

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

Citation for This Collection  

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

Parishes in South Africa. Dutch Reformed Church records. Dutch Reformed Church Archives, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records usually contain the following information:

Baptism records

  • 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

  • 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

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, 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 you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Country" category
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the "Municipality or Town" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which will take you to the images.

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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

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, Reformed Church Records, 1879-1907,” digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 20 April 2012), Angola > Angola > Humpata > marriages 1879-1907 > image 1 of 48, Stefanus Jakobus Oosthenzen and Johanna Aleta Vande Merme, 1879; citing South Africa, Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Church Records, Reformed Church Archives, Potchefstroom.


Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.

Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).