South Africa Genealogy

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

South Africa Wiki Topics
Beginning Research
Record Types
South Africa Background
Local Research Resources

The FamilySearch moderator for the South Africa is Daniel Jones.

Country Information[edit | edit source]

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

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

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.

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South Africa Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

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

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

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.

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FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "South Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 21 April 2016.