===I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved 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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country .
===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===
*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, Civil Registration records may be more useful
. *While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times .
*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
*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|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 .<br><br>
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