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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1828-2005
Languages: English and Sesotho
Title in the Language: Kereke ea Evangeli Lesotho, litokomane tsa 1828-2005
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Morija Museum and Archives

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This collection contains records kept by the Lesotho Evangelical Church from 1828-2005. The church was previously named the Paris Evangelical Mission and the Church of the Basutoland. Church records include births, baptisms, marriages, and membership lists. The original documents are kept in the Morija Museum and Archives in Morija, Lesotho.

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Membership Lists

  • Name of the member
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Age
  • Church branch name
  • Names of close relatives


  • Date of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Parents’ names on both sides
  • Witnesses' names

Birth and Baptism

  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Place of baptism
  • Date of baptism
  • Name of the person who performed the baptism

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