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== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection of parish records from the Methodist Church in South Africa covers the years 1822 to 1996.  
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This collection of the Methodist Church records includes images of baptisms, marriages, and burials from several towns in South Africa. The text of the records is handwritten in English or in Afrikaans.  
  
== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
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Methodism arrived in South Africa with British soldiers in 1806, but the mission was launched by Barnabas Shaw, who reached the Cape in 1816, and William Shaw (unrelated), who accompanied the British settlers of 1820. Barnabas Shaw established a mission among the Khoi at Leliefontein in Namaqualand, and colleagues ventured across the Orange River into present-day Namibia and what are now the northern provinces of South Africa. William Shaw established Methodism throughout the British settlement in Albany and rapidly planted a chain of mission stations between the Cape Colony and Natal. In the late nineteenth century, missionary work was extended into the gold-mining area in Gauteng and north through modern Limpopo into Zimbabwe. Six missionary districts of the Wesleyan Methodist church became an affiliated conference in 1883. An independent conference was constituted in 1927 and enlarged in 1931 to include the Transvaal Missionary District of the British Conference and the small Primitive Methodist Mission.
  
Before starting research in these records you need to know the name of your ancestor, the location of the event (baptism, marriage or death), and an approximate date of that event. Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.  
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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/1463648/waypoints Browse].  
  
== Record Description<br>  ==
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This collection of parish records from the Methodist Church in South Africa covers the years 1822 to 1996.&nbsp;
  
This collection of the Methodist Church records includes images of baptisms, marriages, and burials from several towns in South Africa. The text of the records is handwritten in English or in Afrikaans.  
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These parish records were created to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the members of the Methodist Church in South Africa.  
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These parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in South Africa.
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=== 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.
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{{Collection citation
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Methodist Churches. South Africa Methodist parish registers. Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Grahamstown, South Africa.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[South Africa Methodist Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Baptism DGS 4467536 4.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Marriage DGS 4467731 1.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Burial DGS 4467664 5.jpg|Burial Record
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=== Record Content<br> ===
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include:[[Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Baptism DGS 4467536 4.jpg|thumb|right]]'''  
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'''These baptism records may contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place of baptism  
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*Date and place of baptism  
*Date of baptism
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*Name and gender of child
*Child's name
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*Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
*Parents’ names  
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*Parents’ residence  
 
*Parents’ residence  
*Child's age or date of birth
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*Child's age or date of birth  
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*Name of person who solemnized baptism
  
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:<br>'''  
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'''These marriage records may contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place of marriage [[Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Marriage DGS 4467731 1.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date and place of marriage  
*Date of marriage&nbsp;
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*Full name and age of groom  
*Name of groom  
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*Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
*Maiden name of bride  
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*Full name and age of bride  
*Betrothed ages
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*Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
*Their marital statuses
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*Marriage by license or banns
*Their occupations or professions
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*Names of person(s) giving consent for the marriage  
*Their residence at time of marriage
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*If married after banns or license
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*Person giving the consent for the marriage  
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*Place marriage solemnized
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
<br>'''The key genealogical facts found in most burial records include:''' [[Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Burial DGS 4467664 5.jpg|thumb|right]]
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'''These burial records may contain the following information:'''  
  
*Deceased name
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*Name and age of deceased  
*Place of deceased last residence
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*Residence of deceased  
*Age of deceased at time of death
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*Date and place of interment  
*Date of interment  
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*Name of person presiding at interment
*Burial place
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== Record History<br> ==
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== How to Use the Records ==
  
Methodism arrived in South Africa with British soldiers in 1806, but the mission was launched by Barnabas Shaw, who reached the Cape in 1816, and William Shaw (unrelated), who accompanied the British settlers of 1820. Barnabas Shaw established a mission among the Khoi at Leliefontein in Namaqualand, and colleagues ventured across the Orange River into present-day Namibia and what are now the northern provinces of South Africa. William Shaw established Methodism throughout the British settlement in Albany and rapidly planted a chain of mission stations between the Cape Colony and Natal. In the late nineteenth century, missionary work was extended into the gold-mining area in Gauteng and north through modern Limpopo into Zimbabwe. Six missionary districts of the Wesleyan Methodist church became an affiliated conference in 1883. An independent conference was constituted in 1927 and enlarged in 1931 to include the Transvaal Missionary District of the British Conference and the small Primitive Methodist Mission.
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To begin your search for baptism records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*Province
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*Approximate year of baptism
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*Name of parents
  
These parish records were created to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the members of the Methodist Church in South Africa.
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To begin your search for marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Name of bride or groom
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*Approximate year of birth or marriage
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*Name of parish
  
These parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in South Africa.
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To begin your search for death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*Name of deceased
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*Approximate year of birth
  
[http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl National Archives of South Africa]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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==== Using the Information ====
  
[[South Africa|South Africa]]
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When you have found the record that you've been looking for, the following will help you in your research:
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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*Use the age on marriage records or death records to calculate the year of birth from when your ancestor's marriage or death
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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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<br>⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which will take you to the images<br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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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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==== General Information About These Records  ====
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Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa Methodist 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.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl National Archives of South Africa]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[South Africa|South Africa]]
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*[[South Africa Websites|South Africa Websites]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.  
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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.  
  
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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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]].  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection: ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->This is a collection of digital copies of original records housed at the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. <!--bibdescend-->
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"South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 December 2011), South Africa &gt; Orange Free State &gt; Welkom &gt; Deaths 1969-1970 &gt; Image 1 of 16, John Buti Sithole, 1969;citing Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Church Registers,Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.  
  
 
[[Category:South_Africa|Methodist]]
 
[[Category:South_Africa|Methodist]]

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Contents

Record Description

This collection of the Methodist Church records includes images of baptisms, marriages, and burials from several towns in South Africa. The text of the records is handwritten in English or in Afrikaans.

Methodism arrived in South Africa with British soldiers in 1806, but the mission was launched by Barnabas Shaw, who reached the Cape in 1816, and William Shaw (unrelated), who accompanied the British settlers of 1820. Barnabas Shaw established a mission among the Khoi at Leliefontein in Namaqualand, and colleagues ventured across the Orange River into present-day Namibia and what are now the northern provinces of South Africa. William Shaw established Methodism throughout the British settlement in Albany and rapidly planted a chain of mission stations between the Cape Colony and Natal. In the late nineteenth century, missionary work was extended into the gold-mining area in Gauteng and north through modern Limpopo into Zimbabwe. Six missionary districts of the Wesleyan Methodist church became an affiliated conference in 1883. An independent conference was constituted in 1927 and enlarged in 1931 to include the Transvaal Missionary District of the British Conference and the small Primitive Methodist Mission.

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

This collection of parish records from the Methodist Church in South Africa covers the years 1822 to 1996. 

These parish records were created to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the members of the Methodist Church in South Africa.

These parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in 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.

Methodist Churches. South Africa Methodist parish registers. Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content


These baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender of child
  • Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents’ residence
  • Child's age or date of birth
  • Name of person who solemnized baptism

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full name and age of groom
  • Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Full name and age of bride
  • Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Names of person(s) giving consent for the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

These burial records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Date and place of interment
  • Name of person presiding at interment

How to Use the Records

To begin your search for baptism records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Province
  • Approximate year of baptism
  • Name of parents

To begin your search for marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of birth or marriage
  • Name of parish

To begin your search for death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of birth


Using the Information

When you have found the record that you've been looking for, the following will help you in your research:

  • Use the age on marriage records or death records to calculate the year of birth from when your ancestor's marriage or death

Search 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.

General Information About These Records

Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.

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 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, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 December 2011), South Africa > Orange Free State > Welkom > Deaths 1969-1970 > Image 1 of 16, John Buti Sithole, 1969;citing Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Church Registers,Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.