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Access the records: South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 .
Title in the Language of the Record
Suid-Afrika, Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
This collection will include records from 1856 to 1988.
These records include images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries. The text of the records is in Afrikaans.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
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Baptism records usually contain the following information:
- 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 usually contain the following information:
- 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
To begin your search in this collection, 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 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.
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.
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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Afrikaans. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
Known Issues with This Collection
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- Africa Websites
- Africa Historic Maps
- National Archives and Records Service for South Africa
- South African Records
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988
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.
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, Reformed Church Records 1856-1988" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Potchefstroom.