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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
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Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords  
 
 
Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
 
  
 
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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 Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive 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.&nbsp;  
 
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 Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive 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.&nbsp;  
  
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 Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and practically all the whites in the Cape belonged to it. In the following Centuries, several other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church.&nbsp; <br>
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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 Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and practically all the whites in the Cape belonged to it. In the following Centuries, several other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church.&nbsp; <br>  
  
 
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/1478678/waypoints Browse].  
 
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/1478678/waypoints Browse].  
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This collection dates from 1660 through 1970.&nbsp;  
 
This collection dates from 1660 through 1970.&nbsp;  
  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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'''Baptismal Records'''  
 
'''Baptismal Records'''  
  
*Name of principal
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*Name of child
*Date of birth  
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*Child's date of birth
*Date of baptism  
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*Child's date and place of baptism  
*Parents' names and sometimes their address
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
*Complete witness’ names and sometimes their addresses
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*Parents' residence
*Registration place
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*Witness’ names and their place of residence
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*Officiant at the baptismal ceremony
  
 
'''Marriage Records'''  
 
'''Marriage Records'''  
  
*Names of groom and bride
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*Date and place of marriage
*Date of marriage
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*Race of the husband and wife
*Age at time of marriage
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*Name and age of groom
*Country of birth  
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*Groom's country of birth
*Civil status at time of marriage
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*Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
*Occupation
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*Name and age of bride
*Residence at time of marriage
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*Bride's country of birth
*Race
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*Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
*Place of marriage
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*Marriage by license or banns
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*Names of witnesses
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*Name of minister and religious denomination
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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==== Searching the Images  ====
 
==== Searching the Images  ====
  
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 which will take you to the images<br>
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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 which will take you to the images<br>  
  
 
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.  
 
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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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
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== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (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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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (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.  
  
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
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*[[South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
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Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords

Record Description

The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. Baptisms and marriages are found in different registration formats; most are written in Dutch, though others are in Afrikaans, Dutch, or English. Deaths records are not found among these registers.

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 Reform Church has been very much bound up with the politics of the Afrikaner community of South Africa. The baptism and marriage records are recorded in bound registers, which are kept at the local churches archive 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. 

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 Reform Church (Nederduitse Gereformeede Kerk) was the only officially recognized Church denomination in South Africa and practically all the whites in the Cape belonged to it. In the following Centuries, several other churches denominations were created in Cape, leaving a decline in the membership of the Dutch Reform Church. 

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

This collection dates from 1660 through 1970. 


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.

Reformed churches. South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church registers. Cape Dutch Reformed Church Archives, Grey's Pass, Cape Town, South Africa.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection usually contains the following information:

Baptismal Records

  • Name of child
  • Child's date of birth
  • Child's date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' residence
  • Witness’ names and their place of residence
  • Officiant at the baptismal ceremony

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of the husband and wife
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's country of birth
  • Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's country of birth
  • Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of minister and religious denomination

How to Use the Records

Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestors name
  • Religion
  • Place of residence
  • Approximate year of birth or marriage

Searching the Images

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 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s in the records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the child being baptized, the bride, or the groom; this is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.


Keep in mind:

  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

Known Issues with This Collecton

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970," database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XKHS-PVJ : accessed 1 May 2012), Maria Gysberta Jacoba Klerck (1863).