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South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Marriages
Collection years: 1840-1973
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Title in the Language: Suid-Afrika, Natal Provinsie Huwelik Index
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records contain mainly marriage records,but numerous birth, baptism, divorce records and affidavits of various kinds are also interspersed throughout, in some films more than others. They are from Cape Province, Transvaal, Natal, and Orange Free State for the years 1840-1973.

English and Afrikaans is interspersed throughout the records.


Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Parents name
  • Ages, birth dates and birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Occupation
  • Status
  • Residence at the time of marriage
  • Name of Judge
  • Names of witnesses

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Marriage record 1957

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  • Place and date of marriage

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
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  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors

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