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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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This collection includes records from 1848 to 1956. It consists of an index and images of christenings, marriages and memberships.
  
This Collection will include records from 1848 to 1956.  
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The Dutch Reformed Church records have been maintained in good condition. The records are found in different registration formats, most are written in Dutch while others are in Afrikaans and English.  
  
Index and images of christenings, marriages and memberships.  
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From 1652 to 1862, all church records are in the Dutch Reformed Church's Cape Archives. From 1862 to the present, the records are in individual churches and the church's provincial archives. From 1632 to 1780, the Dutch Reformed Church was the only established church, and it recorded other denominational baptisms. Forty-three percent of the white population in Free State, South Africa are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.  
  
The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good conditions. Records are found in different registration formats, most written in Dutch and others in Afrikaans, Dutch, and English.
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===General Information about Free State===
  
To learn more about the Dutch Reformed Church Records, go to the Historical Records article, [[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] for more information.  
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Under the Union of South Africa in 1910, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, previously Boer republics, and Natal and the Cape, once British colonies.  In 1994, under South Africa’s new democratic constitution, the country was broken up into nine provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, and Western Cape.  Free State was originally the Orange Free State.
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1910846/waypoints Browse].  
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To learn more about Dutch Reformed Church Records, see the wiki article, [[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] for more information.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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These records are written in Afrikaans and English.  See the section [[South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading these Records|For Help Reading these Records]] for translation helps.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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[[South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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==Collection Content==
  
== Record Content  ==
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===Sample Images===
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Click on images for a larger view.
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Image:South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church baptism record.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image:South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church membership record.jpg|Membership Record
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
Image:South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records DGS 4763121 468 Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records DGS 4763116 553 Baptisms.jpg|Baptism Record
 
Image:South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records DGS 4763116 10 Christening.jpg|Christening Record
 
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'''These records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Christening Record'''
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'''Christening records''' may contain the following information:  
*Name of child
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*Full name
*Date and place of christening  
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*Date of christening
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*Place of christening  
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*Parents' names
 
*Date of birth  
 
*Date of birth  
*Names of parents
 
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
 
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'''Marriage Records'''  
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:
 
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*Place of marriage  
*Date and place of marriage  
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*Date of marriage
*Name and age of groom
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*Groom's full name and surname
*Groom's birth year
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*Bride's full name and surname
*Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
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*Bride and groom's ages
*Parents' names
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*Occupation of groom
*Name and age of bride
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*Occupation of bride
*Bride's birth year
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*Residence at time of marriage
*Bride's marital status and residence
 
*Marriage type (by license or banns)
 
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
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'''Membership records''' may contain the following information:
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*Name
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*Date of baptism
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*Age
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*Place of residence
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== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the person you are looking for
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*Approximate date of the event (birth, marriage, death)
  
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=== Search the Index ===
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'''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1910846/waypoints Browse Page]'''. <br>
  
==== Searching the Index  ====
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1. Select the appropriate "Province"<br>
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
==== Searching the Images  ====
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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===For Help Reading these Records===
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the “Town/Municipality” category<br> ⇒Select the “Event Type” category which will take you to the images.
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These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
  
Look at each image one by one 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.
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*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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*[[South Africa Language and Languages]]
  
==== Unable to Find the Information?  ====
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1910846 South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Try searching for the nickname, such as George for Geo
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==What Do I Do Next?==
*Try looking through the estate files for the last residence of the deceased OR for the birth of a child.
 
  
== Related Websites ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.  
  
*[http://southafricanfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2006/08/04/genealogical-institute-of-south-africa/ Genealogical Institute of South Africa]
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===     
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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.
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country.                
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*Use the age to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in civil records.                           
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country.                 
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.   
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===         
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, Civil Registration records may be more useful.                                 
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*Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.                         
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.                         
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by other names or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for them as well.                       
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*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|local genealogical societies]].
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800's.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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*Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.<br><br>
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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.
  
*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[South Africa Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.
*[[South Africa]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Collection citation:'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Dutch Reformed Church Synod Centre, Bloemfontein.}}
  
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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]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.
 

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Record Description
Record Type: Church Records
Collection years: 1848-1956
Languages: Afrikaans and English
Title in the Language: Suid-Afrika, Vrystaat Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Dutch Reformed Church Synod Centre, Bloemfontein


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1848 to 1956. It consists of an index and images of christenings, marriages and memberships.

The Dutch Reformed Church records have been maintained in good condition. The records are found in different registration formats, most are written in Dutch while others are in Afrikaans and English.

From 1652 to 1862, all church records are in the Dutch Reformed Church's Cape Archives. From 1862 to the present, the records are in individual churches and the church's provincial archives. From 1632 to 1780, the Dutch Reformed Church was the only established church, and it recorded other denominational baptisms. Forty-three percent of the white population in Free State, South Africa are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.

General Information about Free State

Under the Union of South Africa in 1910, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, previously Boer republics, and Natal and the Cape, once British colonies. In 1994, under South Africa’s new democratic constitution, the country was broken up into nine provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, and Western Cape. Free State was originally the Orange Free State.

To learn more about Dutch Reformed Church Records, see the wiki article, South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) for more information.

These records are written in Afrikaans and English. See the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Christening records may contain the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of christening
  • Place of christening
  • Parents' names
  • Date of birth
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Place of marriage
  • Date of marriage
  • Groom's full name and surname
  • Bride's full name and surname
  • Bride and groom's ages
  • Occupation of groom
  • Occupation of bride
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Membership records may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of baptism
  • Age
  • Place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of the event (birth, marriage, death)

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

1. Select the appropriate "Province"
2. Select the appropriate "Town/Municipality"
3. Select the appropriate "Event Type" to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

For Help Reading these Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Use the age to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in civil records.
  • 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.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, Civil Registration records may be more useful.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by other names or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for them as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800's.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.

Known Issues with This Collection

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 support@familysearch.org. 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.

Citing This Collection

A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Dutch Reformed Church Synod Centre, Bloemfontein.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

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