South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa, Church Records, 1838-1991
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|Record Type:||Church Records|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika, Kerk Rekords|
|Dutch Reformed Church of Africa, Pretoria|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
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What is in This Collection?
This collection will include records of christenings, marriages, and membership records of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa located in Pretoria for the years 1838-1991. These records are from various areas of Angola, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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 group suffered from several divisions, most notably the Doppers.
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- "South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: 19 April 2018. Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk Van Afrika (Dutch Reformed Church of Africa), Pretoria.
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