South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996 .
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|Record Type:||Methodist Parish Registers|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Strata gemeente Registers|
|Methodist Church of Southern Africa|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 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 of parish records from the Methodist Church in South Africa covers the years 1822 to 1996, and includes images of baptisms, marriages, and burials from several towns in South Africa. These records are written in Afrikaans and English. See the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.
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.
Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.
These parish records were created to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the members of the Methodist Church in South Africa, and are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in South Africa.
These records are written in Afrikaans and English. See the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
How Do I Search the Collection?
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For Help Reading these Records
These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
What Do I Do Next?
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Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing this Collection
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