South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, die Kerk van die Provinsie van Suid-Afrika, Parish registers

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1850 to 2004.

This collection includes digital images of parish registers of the Church of the Province of South Africa, also known since 2006 as the "Anglican Church of Southern Africa". The Church includes dioceses in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Swaziland. Records were acquired from the collection of the William Cullen Library, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and include baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials. The text of the records is in English and Afrikaans.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Churches in South Africa. South Africa, church records. William Cullen Library, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records may contain the following information:

These baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents' names and their residence
  • Occupation of father
  • Names of sponsors or witnesses
  • By whom the baptism was performed

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of the bride and groom
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's birthplace, marital status and occupation
  • Groom's residence at time of marriage
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's birthplace, marital status and occupation
  • Bride's residence at time of marriage
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of minister and religious denomination

These death records may contain the following information:

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

How to Use the Record

To search the baptism records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of parents
  • Name of providence
  • Parish

Search the Collection

To search the collection by image:

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Country" category
⇒Select the "Providence" category
⇒Select the "Diocese, Town, and/or Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which will take you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you are looking at the marriage records, and you don’t know the name of the wife or the husband, try searching for the names of the parents, or the county of birth and the age at that time of marriage.

If you cannot find your ancestor, try searching the censuses for your ancestor’s residence at the time of the event. That’ll give you some clues as to who your ancestors parents were and the age as well.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Afrikaans. For help with reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Afrikaans Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1850-2004" digital images FamilySearch ( 1 May 2012); South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1850-2004 > Swaziland > Swaziland > Swaziland, Usuthu Parish > Marriages 1929 > image 1 of 1; entry for marriage of Ernest Maseko age 33 to Martha Mashisini age 21, 12 February 1929; Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Mixed Church Records. William Cullen Library, Johannesburg, South Africa