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Dutch Reformed Records

How to Find the Records

Online Resources and Websites

More Dutch Reformed records are available on the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for places within Zambia.

Historical Background

The Dutch Reformed Church reached South Africa at the end of the 19th century and soon after entered Zambia. The first congregation was established in Lusaka and expanded rapidly.[1] For more information, see Reformed Church in Zambia.

Information Recorded in the Records

Baptism registers usually list:

  • Name
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents, sometimes including mother's maiden name
  • Name of person performing baptism

Marriage registers usually list:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Race of bride and groom
  • Country of birth and marital status of bride and groom
  • Occupation and residence of bride and groom
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Names of persons giving consent
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiant at ceremony

Burial registers usually list:

  • Date and place of burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence at time of death
  • Who performed burial ceremony

Roman Catholic Records

How to Find the Records

Online Resources and Websites

Catholic church records are available on the FamilySearch Catalog for Lusaka, Zambia. The records (baptism, marriage, death, and First Communion registers and confirmations) are available from 1953 to 2016.

Historical Background

Roman Catholicism reached Zambia in 1879 by Jesuit missionaries. Jesuit missions were then established in Zambia throughout the next few decades. In the 1900s, two archdioceses, Kasama and Lusaka, were created.[2] For more information, see Catholic Church in Zambia.

Information Recorded in the Records

Baptism registers usually list:

  • Name
  • Date of baptism and birth
  • Parents
  • Village/parish
  • Godparent

Marriage registers usually list:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • Baptism place and number (sometimes date)
  • Permanent home
  • Parents
  • Witnesses

Death registers usually list:

  • Date of death
  • Name
  • Place of origin
  • Baptism place, date, and number
  • Spouse
  • Age or birth date
  • Cause of death
  • Burial date and place

First Communion registers usually list:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Parents
  • Baptism place, date, and number
  • First Communion date

Confirmation registers usually list:

  • Date
  • Name
  • Birth date and number
  • Relationships (spouse or children)
  • Village
  • Name and village of godparents

Other Denominations

Anglican Records

The first Anglican missionary to the area arrived in 1861, although the first Anglican mission was not established until 1911. Anglicanism has a smaller influence in Zambia compared to other African nations. [3][4] For more information, see Church of the Province of Central Africa and Christianity in Zambia.

Branhamite Records

Branhamism was developed by William M. Branham in the mid-1900s. Branham was a minister, faith healer, and follower of Pentecostalism who initiated a healing revival in the 1940s. His campaigns led him throughout the United States and the world. In 1952, he held a revival meeting in South Africa. After his death, the followers of Branham continued to establish and expand missions on every continent. By 2000, there were growing missions throughout Africa.[5][6] For more information, see William M. Branham and Religion in Zambia.

Evangelical Records

Evangelical Protestantism reached South Africa in 1834; the movement began to grow and expand beginning in 1859. East Africa experienced a revival during the 1920s and 1930s.[7] For more information, see Evangelicalism.

Lutheran Records

Lutheranism was brought to Africa by European traders in the 17th century. During the early-1800s, missionary activities expanded throughout Africa.[8][6] For more information, see Lutheranism and Religion in Zambia.

New Apostolic Records

The New Apostolic Church has a significant presence in Zambia.[9][6] For more information, see New Apostolic Church and Religion in Zambia.

Pentecostal Records

Pentecostalism entered Africa in the early-1900s. The movement was established in South Africa in 1908 and then spread throughout South Africa and southern Africa.[10][11][12] For more information, see African Pentecostalism, Pentecostalism in South Africa, and Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa.

Presbyterian Records

Presbyterianism entered Zambia in the late-1800s through the work of the Church of Scotland. The first presbytery in Zambia was formed in 1899. Other missions and congregations were then established in Zambia. The Synod of Zambia, one of five synods of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, was created in 1984.[13][14] For more information, see Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and Church of Central Africa Presbyterian – Synod of Zambia.

Seventh Day Adventist Records

The Seventh Day Adventist Church was established in 1863. The Church began to be expanded outside of the United States during the 1870s.[6] For more information, see Seventh-day Adventist Church and Religion in Zambia.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Reformed Church in Zambia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Church_in_Zambia, accessed 7 Feb 2019.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Catholic Church in Zambia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_in_Zambia, accessed 7 February 2019.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Church of the Province of Central Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Province_of_Central_Africa, accessed 7 February 2019.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Christianity in Zambia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Zambia, accessed 7 February 2019.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "William M. Branham," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_M._Branham, accessed 7 February 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Zambia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Zambia, accessed 7 February 2019.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Evangelicalism," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelicalism, accessed 7 February 2019.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Lutheranism," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism, accessed 7 February 2019.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "New Apostolic Church," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Apostolic_Church, accessed 7 February 2019.
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "African Pentecostalism," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Pentecostalism, accessed 7 February 2019.
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "Pentecostalism in South Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecostalism_in_South_Africa, accessed 7 February 2019.
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_Faith_Mission_of_South_Africa, accessed 7 February 2019.
  13. Wikipedia contributors, "Church of Central Africa Presbyterian," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Central_Africa_Presbyterian, accessed 7 February 2019.
  14. Wikipedia contributors, "Church of Central Africa Presbyterian – Synod of Zambia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Central_Africa_Presbyterian_%E2%80%93_Synod_of_Zambia, accessed 7 February 2019.