Free State Province, South Africa Genealogy

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Province of Free State

Guide to Province of Free State family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Historical Overview


The capital of Free State is Bloemfontein, which is also South Africa's judicial capital. Its historical origins lie in the Orange Free State Boer republic and later Orange Free State Province. The current borders of the province date from 1994 when the Bantustans were abolished and reincorporated into South Africa.



List of cities and towns in the Free State.

Maps and gazetteers

A comprehensive set of maps of the Free State, South Africa.



Bloemfontein (Hamilton) Was Cemetery grave listings

Free State, South Africa Cemeteries - War graves project.

Bethelem Cemetery - Van Heerden Family Tree listings

Grave yards in Free State (The Genealogical Society of South Africa)

Find A Grave records for Free State, South Africa


Church records

Dutch Reformed Church (NGK)

The Dutch Reform Church records collection on FamilySearch includes records from 1848 to 1956.

Dutch Reformed Church (NHK)
Reformed Church (GK)

Parish registers, Catholic Church, Mission, Tempe (Orange Free State), 1869-1930 - microfilm available at the Family History Library and some Family history centers.


Civil Registration

Births, marriages, and deaths began to be registered in 1902.[1]




Land records

Orange Free State (South Africa). Registrar of Deeds, 1848-1934.

Orange Free State (South Africa). Land Board - Property claims, confiscations and forfeitures, 1853-1866.


Probate records

See here for a description of what death notices are and where they are located.

School records

Tax records


Microfilm available at the Family History Library

Further Reading


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Southern Africa,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1998.