South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970 .
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|Flag of South Africa|
|Record Type:||Church Registers|
|Languages:||Afrikaans, Dutch, English|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Hervormde Kerk Rekords|
|State Archives, Cape Province|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection dates from 1660 through 1970 and includes records of baptisms, marriages and membership records. The Dutch Reformed Church records have been maintained in good condition. Baptisms and marriages are found in different registration formats, usually in bound registers, which are kept at the local church archives in care of the registrar. Since 1928 the registrar sends the registries to be archived at the Central Archive of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa.
Reading these Records
The records are written in Afrikaans, Dutch and English. See the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.
General Information about the Dutch Reformed Church
When South Africa was settled by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, they transplanted their Dutch Reformed theology into the African continent. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa was formally established in 1652 and became the only official church in South Africa until 1778, when freedom of public worship was given to other churches. The history of the Dutch Reformed Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa.
The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa consists of three separate churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk (the largest and usually called the Dutch Reform Church; the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (largely restricted to the Transvaal); and the Gereformeede Kerk in Suid Afrika (the Doppers). During the 17th and 18th Centuries the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and many white residents of the Cape belonged to it. In later years other church denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reformed Church.
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What Can these Records Tell Me?
Baptism records usually contain the following information:
- Date of baptism
- Place of baptism
- Date of birth
- Names of parents
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Country of birth
- Marital status
- Names of persons giving consent
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The collection includes records from the following municipalities in Namibia and South Africa:
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For Help Reading these Records
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Known Issues with This Collection
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