South Africa Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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==== ''This wiki article describes a collection that is scheduled to become available for free online at FamilySearch Record Search.<br>'' ====
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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This index covers events from 1845 through 1894.
  
This index covers events from 1845 through1894.&nbsp;<br>
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This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index ([[International Genealogical Index|IGI]]) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:
  
== Collection History  ==
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*Family Records
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*Church Records
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*Civil Registration
  
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout South Africa. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.&nbsp;
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It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.  
  
=== Why This Collection Was Created  ===
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There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:
  
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.&nbsp;
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*"Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
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*"Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
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*A county or state vital record registration
  
=== Collection Reliability  ===
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These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:
  
Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in South Africa.&nbsp;
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*They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
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*They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.
  
== Collection Description  ==
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The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.
  
The index is an electronic database of information transcribed from original records.<br>
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This index is not complete for any particular place or region.  
  
=== Record&nbsp;Content  ===
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
  
The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:<br>• Name of the child<br>• Gender<br>• Names of the parents<br>• Birth date<br>• Birthplace<br>• Christening date (if the source is a church record)<br>• Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in South Africa.
  
The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:<br>• Name of bride and groom<br>• Names of the parents<br>• Marriage date<br>• Marriage place<br>• Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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=== Record Content  ===
  
The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:<br>• Name of the deceased<br>• Gender<br>• Names of the parents<br>• Name of the spouse (if married)<br>• Death or burial date<br>• Death or burial place<br>• Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials<br>&nbsp;
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The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:  
  
== How to Use the Collection  ==
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*Name of the child
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*Gender
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*Names of the parents
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*Birth date
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*Birthplace
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*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.
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The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:
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*Name of bride and groom
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*Names of the parents
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*Marriage date
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*Marriage place
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:
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*Name of the deceased
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*Gender
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*Names of the parents
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*Name of the spouse (if married)
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*Death or burial date
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*Death or burial place
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.  
  
 
In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.  
 
In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.  
  
== Related Websites ==
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Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
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*[[IGI]]
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*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
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== Record History  ==
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For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout South Africa. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.&nbsp;
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== Related Websites ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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*[http://www.national.archives.gov.za/services_to_the_public.htm National Archives of South Africa]
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*[http://southafricanfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2006/08/22/birth-marriage-and-death-records/ South Africa Family History and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.southafrica.info/services/genealogy.htm#.UVsBU1ft7Tc SA Famly History on the Web]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/country/south-africa/ South African Genealogy Links]
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/South_Africa_Websites South Africa Websites]
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*[[South Africa Websites]]
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*[[South Africa]]
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*[[South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Portal:South_Africa Portal:South Africa]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
== Sources of Information for this Collection ==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:<br>• Family Records<br>• Church Records<br>• Civil Registration<br>
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
==== How To Cite Your Sources ====
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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.
  
''Instructions for citing this source can be found at: [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cite_Your_Sources_%28Source_Footnotes%29 Cite Your Sources (Source Footnotes)]''
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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]].
  
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
  
====== <br>CID1520620 Please do not erase or change this identification number (Marriages)  ======
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
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[[South Africa Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]

Revision as of 22:29, 13 May 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This index covers events from 1845 through 1894.

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in South Africa.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout South Africa. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region. 

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 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.

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 for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"South Aftica Vital Records Index," index, "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.