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''For information about records for non-Christian religions in South Africa, go to the [[South Africa Religious Records|Religious Records]] page.''
  
== Anglican Church Records ==
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== Dutch Reformed Church  ==
  
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The Dutch Reformed Church tradition is made up of three sister churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NHK), and the Gereformeerde Kerke (GK).
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=== Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK)  ===
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The Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, or NGK, was first established in 1665 with the arrival of Johan van Arckel in Cape Town. The church was subordinate to Amsterdam's control and an extension of the Dutch Reformed Church. It held a monopoly over the the Cape; the Huguenots that arrived in 1688 initially were allowed to hold services in French but were eventually absorbed into the NGK. One exception was allowed - a Lutheran church was established in Cape Town to service the German employees of the Dutch East Indies Company, or VOC. The NGK kept ties to the Netherlands until the early nineteenth century. In 1795, the United Kingdom assumed control over the Cape Colony, and the church became increasingly influenced by the British. With the establishment of an autonomous synod in the Cape in 1824, all connection was severed to the Dutch Reformed Church in Amsterdam, and an independent church was set up in the Cape. Scottish Presbyterian ministers began presiding over some congregations.
  
Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online but the numbers are growing.
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The NGK was Cape-centric, and neglected the outlying areas in the interior of South Africa. Many of the boers involved in the Great Trek were distrustful of the Cape government, as well as the British-influenced NGK. In 1853, the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk, or NKH, was established, and in 1860 it became the state religion of the South African Republic, in what was later to become the Transvaal. Another schism in 1859 led to the creation of the Gereformeerde Kerke, or GK.
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A seminary was established in the Cape, eliminating the need for overseas-trained clergymen. As Cape-born ministers began leading the church, it started to become more conservative, and embraced a newly-emerging Afrikaans identity. After the devastating Anglo-Boer War (1900-1902), the church worked to help the Afrikaners to rebuild their lives, and the church became a place for Afrikaner nationalism.
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The NGK today is the largest of the sister churches in South Africa, boasting over 1.1 million members in 1,162 congregations in South Africa, [[Namibia Genealogy|Namibia]], [[Swaziland Genealogy|Swaziland]], and parts of [[Botswana Genealogy|Botswana]] and [[Zimbabwe Genealogy|Zimbabwe]].
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=== Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NKH)  ===
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=== Gereformeerde Kerke (GK)  ===
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The Gereformeerde Kerke (GK) was established in Rustenburg in 1859 over a dispute about hymnals.  The main church (NGK) introduced a new hymn book; church members were threatened with excommunication for refusing new songs they considered blasphemous.  The GK church has 415 congregations all over South Africa, [[Lesotho Genealogy|Lesotho]], [[Namibia Genealogy|Namibia]], and [[Zimbabwe Genealogy|Zimbabwe]].
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Some Records are available online
  
 
Indexed records available on FamilySearch:  
 
Indexed records available on FamilySearch:  
  
*Military records (<u>baptisms, marriages</u> and burials) - Cape Province, 1795-1803 (search International Genealogical Index- IGI)
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*{{RecordSearch|2155416|South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991}} - Index and Images
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*{{RecordSearch|1910846|South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956}} — index and images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1478678 South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970]
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== Methodist Church  ==
  
== Dutch Reformed Church Records ==
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== Anglican Church<br> ==
  
The Dutch Reformed Church tradition is made up of three sister churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NHK), and the Gereformeerde Kerke (GK).
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Indexed records available on FamilySearch:  
  
=== Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) ===
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*Military records (<u>baptisms, marriages</u> and burials) - Cape Province, 1795-1803 (search International Genealogical Index- IGI)
  
The Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, or NGK, was first established in 1665 with the arrival of Johan van Arckel in Cape Town.  The church was subordinate to Amsterdam's control and an extension of the Dutch Reformed Church.  It held a monopoly over the the Cape; the Huguenots that arrived in 1688 initially were allowed to hold services in French but were eventually absorbed into the NGK.  One exception was allowed - a Lutheran church was established in Cape Town to service the German employees of the Dutch East Indies Company, or VOC.  The NGK kept ties to the Netherlands until the early nineteenth century.  In 1795, the United Kingdom assumed control over the Cape Colony, and the church became increasingly influenced by the British.  With the establishment of an autonomous synod in the Cape in 1824, all connection was severed to the Dutch Reformed Church in Amsterdam, and an independent church was set up in the Cape. Scottish Presbyterian ministers began presiding over some congregations.
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== Catholic Church  ==
  
The NGK was Cape-centric, and neglected the outlying areas in the interior of South Africa.  Many of the boers involved in the Great Trek were distrustful of the Cape government, as well as the British-influenced NGK.  In 1853, the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk, or NKH, was established, and in 1860 it became the state religion of the South African Republic, in what was later to become the Transvaal.  Another schism in 1859 led to the creation of the Gereformeerde Kerke, or GK. 
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== Lutheran Church ==
  
A seminary was established in the Cape, eliminating the need for overseas-trained clergymen.  As Cape-born ministers began leading the church, it started to become more conservative, and embraced a newly-emerging Afrikaans identity.  After the devastating Anglo-Boer War (1900-1902), the church worked to help the Afrikaners to rebuild their lives, and the church became a place for Afrikaner nationalism.  
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== Other Churches ==
  
The NGK today is the largest of the sister churches in South Africa, boasting over 1.1 million members in 1,162 congregations in South Africa, [[Namibia]], [[Swaziland]], and parts of [[Botswana]] and [[Zimbabwe]].
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*[http://pitts.emory.edu/archives/text/rg005.html African Orthodox Church]
  
=== Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NKH) ===
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== Records Online ==
  
=== Gereformeerde Kerke (GK) ===
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*'''1838-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2155416|South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1690-2011''' - {{RecordSearch|1392488|South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
Not very many Church records have been digitized and placed online but the numbers are growing.  
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*Many church records have been published online at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list/?page=1&countryId=1927115 www.familysearch.org]
  
Indexed records available on FamilySearch:  
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*[http://www.eggsa.org/bdms/Baptisms.html eGGSA Baptismal Records]
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1478678 South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970]
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*One blog, [http://africangenealogy.blogspot.com/?view=classic africangenealogy.blogspot.com], has hyperlinks to specific parish collections at FamilySearch, as well as some indexes.&nbsp;
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1910846 South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956]
 
  
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Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church tradition is made up of three sister churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NHK), and the Gereformeerde Kerke (GK).

Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK)

The Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, or NGK, was first established in 1665 with the arrival of Johan van Arckel in Cape Town. The church was subordinate to Amsterdam's control and an extension of the Dutch Reformed Church. It held a monopoly over the the Cape; the Huguenots that arrived in 1688 initially were allowed to hold services in French but were eventually absorbed into the NGK. One exception was allowed - a Lutheran church was established in Cape Town to service the German employees of the Dutch East Indies Company, or VOC. The NGK kept ties to the Netherlands until the early nineteenth century. In 1795, the United Kingdom assumed control over the Cape Colony, and the church became increasingly influenced by the British. With the establishment of an autonomous synod in the Cape in 1824, all connection was severed to the Dutch Reformed Church in Amsterdam, and an independent church was set up in the Cape. Scottish Presbyterian ministers began presiding over some congregations.

The NGK was Cape-centric, and neglected the outlying areas in the interior of South Africa. Many of the boers involved in the Great Trek were distrustful of the Cape government, as well as the British-influenced NGK. In 1853, the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk, or NKH, was established, and in 1860 it became the state religion of the South African Republic, in what was later to become the Transvaal. Another schism in 1859 led to the creation of the Gereformeerde Kerke, or GK.

A seminary was established in the Cape, eliminating the need for overseas-trained clergymen. As Cape-born ministers began leading the church, it started to become more conservative, and embraced a newly-emerging Afrikaans identity. After the devastating Anglo-Boer War (1900-1902), the church worked to help the Afrikaners to rebuild their lives, and the church became a place for Afrikaner nationalism.

The NGK today is the largest of the sister churches in South Africa, boasting over 1.1 million members in 1,162 congregations in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, and parts of Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NKH)

Gereformeerde Kerke (GK)

The Gereformeerde Kerke (GK) was established in Rustenburg in 1859 over a dispute about hymnals.  The main church (NGK) introduced a new hymn book; church members were threatened with excommunication for refusing new songs they considered blasphemous.  The GK church has 415 congregations all over South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

Some Records are available online

Indexed records available on FamilySearch:

Methodist Church

Anglican Church

Indexed records available on FamilySearch:

  • Military records (baptisms, marriages and burials) - Cape Province, 1795-1803 (search International Genealogical Index- IGI)

Catholic Church

Lutheran Church

Other Churches

Records Online