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''[[Africa]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]''''' [[South Africa Genealogy|South Africa]]'''{{South Africa-sidebar}}Guide to '''South Africa ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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== Getting Started with South Africa Research  ==
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==Country Information==
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South Africa is a country in Africa bordered by [[Namibia Genealogy|Namibia]], [[Botswana Genealogy|Botswana]], [[Zimbabwe Genealogy|Zimbabwe]], [[Mozambique Genealogy|Mozambique]], [[Swaziland Genealogy|Swaziland]], and [[Lesotho Genealogy|Lesotho]]. Portions of South Africa were formerly ruled by [[Portugal Genealogy|Portugal]], [[The Netherlands Genealogy|The Netherlands]], and [[England Genealogy|Great Britain]]. There are 11 official languages.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "South Africa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa, accessed 21 April 2016.</ref>
  
New! Join a Genealogy Research Community for South Africa on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Africa-Genealogy-Research-Community/276019629101275 Facebook] or [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype]
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==Getting Started ==
 
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208085144/http:/www.genealogyworld.net/Tracing/tracing_2.html A Research Guide for Beginners] of South African research by Rosemary Dixon-Smith
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*[http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/ Tracing Your South Africa Roots] (Information on how to research your genealogy and family history in South Africa)
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*[http://www.molegenealogy.blogspot.com/ South African genealogy research procedures and sources blog]
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*[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Jurisdictions in South Africa  ==
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South Africa is divided into 9 provinces.
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<h3>Getting Started with South Africa Research</h3>
*[[Eastern Cape, South Africa|Eastern Cape]]  
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Links to articles on getting started with South Africa research.
*[[Free State, South Africa|Free State]]  
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*[[South Africa How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
*[[Gauteng, South Africa|Gauteng]]
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*[[South Africa Online Genealogy Records|Online Records]]
 
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[South Africa Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
*KwaZulu-Natal
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*Limpopo
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*Mpumalanga
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*Northern Cape
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*North-West
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*Western Cape
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<h3>South Africa Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in South Africa research.
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*[http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=291.0 South Africa RootsChat]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208085144/http:/www.genealogyworld.net/Tracing/tracing_2.html A Research Guide for Beginners by Rosemary Dixon-Smith]
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*[http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/ Tracing Your South Africa Roots]
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*[http://www.molegenealogy.blogspot.com/ South African genealogy tips]
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*[http://www.geni.com/projects/1820-British-Settlers-in-South-Africa/162 1820 British Settlers in South Africa]
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:[[South Africa Genealogy#More South Africa Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
 
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_South_Africa Wikipedia] provides general information about each province
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{{Click|File:South Africa ORP.png|South Africa Online Genealogy Records|left}} [[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=Genealogy_Help_on_Facebook]]
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== Research Tools  ==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.<br>
  
'''South Africa Wills'''
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177 Wills listed in the On-Line Catalogue for the National Archives in London, where the "Cape of Good Hope" is shown as place of residence or former residence.&nbsp; Wills dated from 1713 to 1857. [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline] ($).  
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.  Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.
  
Nasionale Pers are in the planning stages of digitising their Media (Newspapers and other publications printed by them. Includes Die Burger, Volksblad, Natal Witness, Huisgenoot etc.) &nbsp;A media statement will be released when more information is known.  
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South Africa is divided into nine provinces.  
  
[http://www.ancestry24.co.za Ancestry24] ($) which is part of Naspers and Media24 provides a comprehensive website for anyone starting their family history in South Africa. This is a subscription site but their Family Tree Builder is free as well as contacting Tree Owners, Forum Boards and Learning Centre.
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*[[Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Eastern Cape]]
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*[[Free State Province, South Africa Genealogy|Free State]]
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*[[Gauteng Province, South Africa Genealogy|Gauteng]]
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*[[KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa Genealogy|KwaZulu-Natal]]
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*[[Limpopo Province, South Africa Genealogy|Limpopo]]
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*[[Mpumalanga Province, South Africa Genealogy|Mpumalanga]]
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*[[Northern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Northern Cape]]
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*[[North West Province, South Africa Genealogy|North West]]
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*[[Western Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Western Cape]]
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There is a fantastic new website for people who are tracing their ancestors in South Africa who emigrated from the British Isles. Although it covers mainly those who came in 1820, it is an on-going project with new names being added all the time. [[South African Settlers Website|More information.]]
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From 1910 to 1994, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, Natal and the Cape.
 
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*All [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927115 records collections for South Africa] available on FamilySearch.org.
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*[[Afrikaans Word List|Afrikaans Word List]]
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*{{FHL|South+Africa|subject|disp=Records in the Family History Library Catalog}}, click on View Related Places (upper right corner) to see other jurisdictions or enter the town name on the http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&amp;columns=*,0,0 catalog place search page
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1850-2004|South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical]]&nbsp;R[[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|ecords)]]
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*[[South Africa Methodist Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa Methodist Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Potchefstroom Reformed Church Archives (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Potchefstroom Reformed Church Archives (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[South Africa, Cape Province, Cape Town Archive Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Cape Province, Cape Town Archive Records (FamilySearch Historical Records))]]
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== History of South Africa  ==
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Listen to the tutorial at FamilySearch Learning Center on[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/the-south-african-empire/310 "The South African Empire"] by Dr. Anne Samson.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_South_Africa History of South Africa]
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[http://www.sahistory.org.za/heritage-and-identity-under-construction South African History Online]
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[http://motherearthtravel.com/history/south-africa/index.htm History of South Africa] from the early European Settlement through the 1990s.  
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[http://www.geni.com/projects/1820-British-Settlers-in-South-Africa/162 1820 British Settlers in South Africa]
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== Jewish Records  ==
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*[http://www.jewishgen.org/safrica/index-a&c-source/Shemot-August_2012.pdf Researching South Africa Jewish Genealogy]
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== Useful Websites  ==
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==More South Africa Research Tools==
 
*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]  
 
*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]  
 
*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/boer-war-register-search-start.action Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 Records]  
 
*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/boer-war-register-search-start.action Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 Records]  
*[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/death-certificates1 Vital Records--Obtaining Death Certificates],&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/marriage-certificates Marriage Certificates], [http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/birth-certificates1 Birth Certificates]  
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*[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/death-certificates1 Vital Records--Obtaining Death Certificates],&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/marriage-certificates Marriage Certificates], [http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/birth-certificates1 Birth Certificates]
*[https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/86/104300_f.SAL_Member.html Ordering death notice copies for South Africa through a local Family Search Center]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20111127190708/http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/index.html Colonial Office Transcripts]  
*[http://www.ancestry24.co.za Ancestry24]
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*[http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/index.html Colonial Office Transcripts]  
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*[http://sa-passenger-list.za.net/index.php South African Passenger Lists]  
 
*[http://sa-passenger-list.za.net/index.php South African Passenger Lists]  
*[http://www.1820settlers.com/ 1820 Settlers]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.1820settlers.com/ 1820 Settlers]
*[http://southafricansettlers.info/ South African Settlers]  
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*[http://www.southafricansettlers.com/ South African Settlers]
*[http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=43 Gravestones in South Africa]<br>
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*[http://sagenealogy.co.za/ South African Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.southafrica.info/services/genealogy.htm South Africa Family History Information on the Internet]
 
*[http://www.southafrica.info/services/genealogy.htm South Africa Family History Information on the Internet]
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*[http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/ First Fifty Years - a project collating Cape of Good Hope records]
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*[http://www.eggsa.org/links_e.htm The Genealogical Society of South Africa links]
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[[South Africa Websites|More websites]]
  
[[South Africa Websites|More web sites]]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
 
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.
== Help Wanted  ==
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927115?region=South+Africa Historical Records]
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=south%20africa Family History Center locator map]
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*[[South Africa Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[South Africa Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[South Africa Census|Census]]
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*[[South Africa Church Directories|Church Directories]]
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*[[South Africa Church History|Church History]]
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*[[South Africa Directories|Directories]]
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*[[South Africa Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[South Africa Language and Languages|Languages]]
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*[[South Africa Military Records|Military Records]]  
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*[[South Africa Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
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*[[South Africa Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[South Africa Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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Latest revision as of 00:53, 11 August 2016

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Beginning Research
Record Types
South Africa Background
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Local Research Resources
Moderator

The FamilySearch moderator for the Netherlands is Daniel Jones.

Guide to South Africa ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

South Africa is a country in Africa bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Portions of South Africa were formerly ruled by Portugal, The Netherlands, and Great Britain. There are 11 official languages.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with South Africa Research

Links to articles on getting started with South Africa research.

South Africa Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in South Africa research.

See More Research Tools


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South Africa Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.


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Jurisdictions

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

South Africa is divided into nine provinces.

From 1910 to 1994, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, Natal and the Cape.

More South Africa Research Tools

More websites

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "South Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa, accessed 21 April 2016.