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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
[[Image:{{Methodist Kimberley South Africa}}]]  
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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 [[South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading these Records|For Help Reading these Records]] for translation helps.
  
This collection of parish records from the Methodist Church in South Africa covers the years 1822 to 1996.  
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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.  
  
The collection includes Methodist Church records that have images of baptisms, marriages, and burials from several towns in South Africa. The text of the records is handwritten in English or in Afrikaans.  
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Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.
  
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.  
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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 parish records were created to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the members of the Methodist Church in South Africa.  
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These records are written in Afrikaans and English.  See the section [[South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading these Records|For Help Reading these Records]] for translation helps.  
  
These parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in South Africa.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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/1463648/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.
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== Record Content ==
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==Collection Content==
  
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===Sample Images===
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Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Baptism DGS 4467536 4.jpg|Baptism Record
 
Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Baptism DGS 4467536 4.jpg|Baptism Record
 
Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Marriage DGS 4467731 1.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:South Africa Methodist Church Parish Registers (09-0480) Marriage DGS 4467731 1.jpg|Marriage Record
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'''Baptism records may contain the following information:'''  
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===Coverage Table===
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The collection contains records from the following locations:
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|Cape of Good Hope
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|Aberdeen
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|Baptism
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|1895-1940
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|Marriage
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|1895-1968
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|Death
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|1897-1968
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|Albany
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|Baptism
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|1844-1868
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|Alexandria
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|Baptism
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|1961-1987
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|Marriage
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|1956-1982
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|Aliwal North
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|Baptism
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|1871-1911
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|Marriage
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|1871-1929
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|Barkly West
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|Marriage
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|1908-1923
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|Bathurst
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|Baptism
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|1868-1954
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|Marriage
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|1843-1894
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|Marriage
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|1925-1971
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|Beaconsfield
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|Baptism
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|1880-1972
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|Marriage
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|1880-1971
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|-
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|Beaufort West
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|Baptism
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|1859-1944
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|Marriage
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|1860-1953
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|Bellville
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|Marriage
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|1956-1971
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|Bergvliet
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|Baptism
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|1955-1996
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|Buntingville
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|Baptism
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|1840-1881
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|Baptism
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|1965-1968
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|Marriage
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|1837-1880
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|Butterworth
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|Baptism
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|1898-1904
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|Marriage
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|1899-1975
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|Cathcart
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|Baptism
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|1880-1983
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|Marriage
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|1880-1973
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|Death
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|1880-1900
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|Clarkebury
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|1905-1922
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|Clumber
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|Death
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|1836-1988
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|Cradock
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|Baptism
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|1924-1991
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|Marriage
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|1929-1985
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|Dordrecht
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|Baptism
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|1907-1915
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|East London
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|Baptism
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|1877-1949
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|Death
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|1884-1940
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|Grahamstown
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|Baptism
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|1826-1930
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|Marriage
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|1904-1971
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|Death
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|1895-1971
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|Griqualand West
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|Baptism
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|1881-1891
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|Indwe
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|Marriage
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|1908-1915
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|Klip River Location
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|Baptism
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|1894-1907
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|Marriage
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|1897-1911
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|Platberg
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|Baptism
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|1840-1851
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|Natal
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|Durban
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|Baptism
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|1842-1908
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|Baptism
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|1911-1993
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|Marriage
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|1847-1972
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|Orange Free State
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|Odendaalsrus
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|Death
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|1970
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|Vredefort
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|Baptism
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|1860-1920
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|Welkom
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|Death
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|1969-1970
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|Transvaal
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|Alexandra
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|Baptism
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|1932-1947
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|Barberton
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|Baptism
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|1887-1970
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|Marriage
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|1888-1972
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|Death
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|1915-1968
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|Death
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|1975-1981
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|Denver
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|Baptism
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|1887-1970
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|Marriage
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|1888-1972
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|Death
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|1915-1968
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|Death
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|1975-1981
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|Lydenburg
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|Baptism
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|1905-1968
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|Wakkerstroom
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|1940-1952
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
  
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'''Baptism records''' may contain the following information:
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Name and gender of child  
 
*Name and gender of child  
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*Child's age or date of birth  
 
*Child's age or date of birth  
 
*Name of person who solemnized baptism
 
*Name of person who solemnized baptism
 
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'''Marriage records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:  
 
 
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Full name and age of groom  
 
*Full name and age of groom  
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*Names of person(s) giving consent for the marriage  
 
*Names of person(s) giving consent for the marriage  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
 
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'''Burial records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Burial records''' may contain the following information:  
 
 
 
*Name and age of deceased  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
 
*Residence of deceased  
 
*Residence of deceased  
 
*Date and place of interment  
 
*Date and place of interment  
 
*Name of person presiding at interment
 
*Name of person presiding at interment
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== How to Use the Records ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search for baptism records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
*Name of parents
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
*Approximate year and place of baptism
 
*Municipality or Town
 
 
 
To begin your search for marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Name of bride or groom
 
*Approximate year and place of marriage
 
*Municipality or Town
 
 
 
To begin your search for death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Name of deceased
 
*Approximate year and place of death
 
*Municipality or Town
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463648 Collection Page]:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page: <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Country" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Province" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality or Town" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which will take you to the images.  
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1463648/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Country"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Province"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality or Town"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
  
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. <br>
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. <br>
  
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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===For Help Reading these Records===
 
 
==== For Help Reading These Records ====
 
 
 
These records are in Afrikaans, and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
 
  
[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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*[[South Africa Language and Languages]]
  
When you have found the record that you've been looking for, the following will help you in your research:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1463648 South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
Use the age on marriage records or death records to calculate the year of birth from when your ancestor's marriage or death
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
==== General Information About These Records ====
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===                         
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country.                 
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*When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.                         
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. 
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===        
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, Civil Registration records may be more useful.                                 
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*While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.                         
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*Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.                         
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.                         
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.                       
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*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|local genealogical societies]].
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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*Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.<br><br>
  
Church records include important vital information, which can also help identify other ancestors. The civil registration records can be researched also after 1895.  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|South Africa, Church records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog.  For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[South Africa Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers (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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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=South-Africa-Methodist-Parish-Registers-1822-1996-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, plea se 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 Websites  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
[http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl National Archives of South Africa]
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996."Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Grahamstown.}}
  
*[[South Africa|South Africa]]
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
*[[South Africa Websites|South Africa Websites]]
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Record Description
Record Type: Methodist Parish Registers
Collection years: 1822-1996
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Title in the Language: Suid-Afrika, Strata gemeente Registers
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Methodist Church of Southern Africa


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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996.

Collection Content

Sample Images

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Coverage Table

The collection contains records from the following locations:

Province Municipality Record Type Year Range
Cape of Good Hope Aberdeen Baptism 1895-1940
Marriage 1895-1968
Death 1897-1968
Albany Baptism 1844-1868
Alexandria Baptism 1961-1987
Marriage 1956-1982
Aliwal North Baptism 1871-1911
Marriage 1871-1929
Barkly West Marriage 1908-1923
Bathurst Baptism 1868-1954
Marriage 1843-1894
Marriage 1925-1971
Beaconsfield Baptism 1880-1972
Marriage 1880-1971
Beaufort West Baptism 1859-1944
Marriage 1860-1953
Bellville Marriage 1956-1971
Bergvliet Baptism 1955-1996
Buntingville Baptism 1840-1881
Baptism 1965-1968
Marriage 1837-1880
Butterworth Baptism 1898-1904
Marriage 1899-1975
Cathcart Baptism 1880-1983
Marriage 1880-1973
Death 1880-1900
Clarkebury Marriage 1905-1922
Clumber Death 1836-1988
Cradock Baptism 1924-1991
Marriage 1929-1985
Dordrecht Baptism 1907-1915
East London Baptism 1877-1949
Death 1884-1940
Grahamstown Baptism 1826-1930
Marriage 1904-1971
Death 1895-1971
Griqualand West Baptism 1881-1891
Indwe Marriage 1908-1915
Klip River Location Baptism 1894-1907
Marriage 1897-1911
Platberg Baptism 1840-1851
Natal Durban Baptism 1842-1908
Baptism 1911-1993
Marriage 1847-1972
Orange Free State Odendaalsrus Death 1970
Vredefort Baptism 1860-1920
Welkom Death 1969-1970
Transvaal Alexandra Baptism 1932-1947
Barberton Baptism 1887-1970
Marriage 1888-1972
Death 1915-1968
Death 1975-1981
Denver Baptism 1887-1970
Marriage 1888-1972
Death 1915-1968
Death 1975-1981
Lydenburg Baptism 1905-1968
Wakkerstroom Marriage 1940-1952

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender of child
  • Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents’ residence
  • Child's age or date of birth
  • Name of person who solemnized baptism

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full name and age of groom
  • Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Full name and age of bride
  • Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Names of person(s) giving consent for the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Date and place of interment
  • Name of person presiding at interment

How Do I Search the Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Country"
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality or Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, Civil Registration records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

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Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996.


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