Angola Church Records

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Historical Background

The Dutch East India Company sent a crew to create a Dutch settlement in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. Many of the members of the crew belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church and created a community in Cape Town. The Church spread throughout southern Africa; a few congregations were established in Angola. Records for the Dutch Reformed Church have been maintained in good condition. The records were written in Afrikaans and English. The earliest available church records in Angola begin in 1838 and exist to 1988.[1][2]

Information Recorded in the Records

Dutch Reformed Church

Baptism

Baptism records usually listed:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of minister

Membership

Membership records usually listed:

  • Full name of member
  • Date of birth
  • Date they joined
  • Where they joined
  • Pastor that oversaw joining

Marriage

Marriage records usually listed:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of groom and bride
  • 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
  • Names of officiant at ceremony

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Reformed Church of East Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Church_of_East_Africa, accessed 24 September 2018.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Dutch Reformed Church," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Reformed_Church, accessed 24 September 2018.