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== Title in the Language of the Record ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
Suid-Afrika, Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
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This collection includes records from 1856 to 1988.
  
== Record Description  ==
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These records include images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries.
  
This collection will include records from 1856 to 1988.
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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These records include images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries.
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|title=South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988
 
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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/1918294/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.
 
 
 
=== 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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "South Africa, Reformed Church Records 1856-1988" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Potchefstroom.}}  
 
  
[[South Africa, Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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==Collection Content==
  
== Record Content  ==
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===Sample Images===
 
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Click on images for a larger view.
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Image:South Africa, Reformed Church Records DGS 5015055 29 Baptism Page 1.jpg|Baptism Record Page 1
 
Image:South Africa, Reformed Church Records DGS 5015055 29 Baptism Page 1.jpg|Baptism Record Page 1
 
Image:South Africa, Reformed Church Records DGS 5015055 29 Baptism Page 2.jpg|Baptism Record Page 2
 
Image:South Africa, Reformed Church Records DGS 5015055 29 Baptism Page 2.jpg|Baptism Record Page 2
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
 
 
Baptism records usually contain the following information:
 
  
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'''Baptism records''' may contain the following information:
 
*Name of child  
 
*Name of child  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother  
 
*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother  
 
*Name of person performing baptism
 
*Name of person performing baptism
 
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Marriage records usually 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  
 
*Race of both husband and wife  
 
*Race of both husband and wife  
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*Names of witnesses  
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Name of officiant at ceremony
 
*Name of officiant at ceremony
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== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
 
To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
 
To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
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*Ancestor's Religion
 
*Ancestor's Religion
  
==== Searching the Collection  ====
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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/1918294/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.
  
To search the collection image by image 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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Search the collection by image 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.  
  
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. Keep in mind:
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?=== 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.                           
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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. 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, either Civil Registration records or Church 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>
  
== Related Websites ==
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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]]. }}
  
*[http://www.national.archives.gov.za/ National Archives and Records Service for South Africa]  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*[http://ancestry24.com/ South African Records]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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-Reformed-Church-Records-1856-1988-known-issues&lang=en 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.
  
*[[South Africa Websites|South Africa Websites]]
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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.
  
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Records
Collection years: 1856-1988
Languages: Afrikaans Word List
Title in the Languages: Suid-Afrika, Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Reformed Church Archives, Potchefstroom


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1856 to 1988.

These records include images of christenings, marriages, membership records, and some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's birth date
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name of person performing baptism

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of both husband and wife
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's country of birth
  • Groom's occupation and residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's country of birth
  • Bride's occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Consent or order for marriage given by whom
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiant at ceremony

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of baptism and marriage
  • Ancestor's Religion

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.

Search the collection by image 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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • 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, either Civil Registration records or Church 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

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:

"South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Reformed Church Archives, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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