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Guide to '''South Africa ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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==Country Information==
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South Africa is a country in Africa bordered by [[Namibia Genealogy|Namibia]], [[Botswana Genealogy|Botswana]], [[Zimbabwe Genealogy|Zimbabwe]], [[Mozambique Genealogy|Mozambique]], [[Kingdom of eSwatini Genealogy|eSwatini]], and [[Lesotho Genealogy|Lesotho]]. Portions of South Africa were formerly ruled by [[Portugal Genealogy|Portugal]], [[The Netherlands Genealogy|The Netherlands]], and [[England Genealogy|Great Britain]]. There are 11 official languages.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "South Africa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa, accessed 21 April 2016.</ref>
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==Getting Started ==
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== Getting started with South Africa research ==
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<h3>Getting Started with South Africa Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with South Africa research.
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*[[South Africa How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
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*[[South Africa Online Genealogy Records|Online Records]]
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[South Africa Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
  
New! Join a Genealogy Research Community for South Africa on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Africa-Genealogy-Research-Community/276019629101275 Facebook] or [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype]
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<h3>South Africa Research Tools</h3>
''[http://www.genealogyworld.net/Tracing/tracing_2.html "A Research Guide for Beginners,"]'' by Rosemary Dixon-Smith  
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Links to articles and websites that assist in South Africa research.
 
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*[http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=291.0 South Africa RootsChat]
[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208085144/http:/www.genealogyworld.net/Tracing/tracing_2.html A Research Guide for Beginners by Rosemary Dixon-Smith]
 
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*[http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/ Tracing Your South Africa Roots]
[[South Africa, Orange Free State Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[http://www.molegenealogy.blogspot.com/ South African genealogy tips]
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*[http://www.geni.com/projects/1820-British-Settlers-in-South-Africa/162 1820 British Settlers in South Africa]
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:[[South Africa Genealogy#More South Africa Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
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== History of South Africa ==
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== South Africa Clickable Map ==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.<br>
  
Listen to the tutorial at FamilySearch Learning Center on[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/the-south-african-empire/310 "The South African Empire"] by Dr. Anne Samson.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_South_Africa History of South Africa]
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== Jurisdictions ==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.
  
== Jurisdictions in South Africa ==
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South Africa is divided into nine provinces.
  
South Africa is divided into 9 provinces.
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*[[Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Eastern Cape]]  
*[[Eastern Cape, South Africa|Eastern Cape]]
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*[[Free State Province, South Africa Genealogy|Free State]]
 
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*[[Gauteng Province, South Africa Genealogy|Gauteng]]
*Free State  
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*[[KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa Genealogy|KwaZulu-Natal]]
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*[[Limpopo Province, South Africa Genealogy|Limpopo]]
 
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*[[Mpumalanga Province, South Africa Genealogy|Mpumalanga]]
*KwaZulu-Natal  
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*[[Northern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Northern Cape]]
*Limpopo  
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*[[North West Province, South Africa Genealogy|North West]]
*Mpumalanga
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*[[Western Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Western Cape]]
 
 
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== Research Tools  ==
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From 1910 to 1994, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, Natal and the Cape.
 
 
'''South Africa Wills'''
 
 
 
177 Wills listed in the On-Line Catalogue for the National Archives in London, where the '''"Cape of Good Hope'''" is shown as place of residence or former residence.&nbsp; Wills dated from 1713 to 1857.&nbsp; [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline].
 
 
 
Nasionale Pers are in the planning stages of digitising their Media (Newspapers and other publications printed by them. Includes Die Burger, Volksblad, Natal Witness, Huisgenoot etc.) &nbsp;A&nbsp; media statement will be released when more information is known.
 
 
 
[http://www.ancestry24.co.za Ancestry24] which is part of Naspers and Media24 provides a comprehensive website for anyone starting their family history in South Africa. There is however a subscription but their Family Tree Builder is free as well as contacting Tree Owners, Forum Boards and Learning Centre.
 
 
 
There is a fantastic new website for people who are tracing their ancestors in South Africa who emigrated from the British Isles. Although it covers mainly those who came in 1820, it is an on-going project with new names being added all the time. [[South African Settlers Website|More information.]]
 
 
 
*[[Afrikaans Word List|Afrikaans Word List]]
 
*{{FHL|South+Africa|subject|disp=Records in the Family History Library Catalog}}, click on View Related Places (upper right corner) to see other jurisdictions or enter the town name on the http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&amp;columns=*,0,0 catalog place search page
 
 
 
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== Useful Websites  ==
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==More South Africa Research Tools==
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/13# '''FamilySearch Help Center Lessons''']
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**Beginning South Africa Research
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**South Africa National Archives
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**South Africa FamilySearch Collections Online
 
*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]  
 
*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]  
*[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/service_detail.asp?id=61 Vital Records--Obtaining Death Certificates],&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/service_detail.asp?id=51 Marriage Certificates], [http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/service_detail.asp?id=35 Birth Certificates]  
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/boer-war-register-search-start.action Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 Records]
*[http://www.ancestry24.co.za Ancestry24]
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*[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/death-certificates1 Vital Records--Obtaining Death Certificates],&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/marriage-certificates Marriage Certificates], [http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/birth-certificates1 Birth Certificates]
*[http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/index.html Colonial Office Transcripts]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20111127190708/http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/index.html Colonial Office Transcripts]  
 
 
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*[http://sa-passenger-list.za.net/index.php South African Passenger Lists]  
 
*[http://sa-passenger-list.za.net/index.php South African Passenger Lists]  
*[http://www.1820settlers.com/ 1820 Settlers]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.1820settlers.com/ 1820 Settlers]
 
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*[http://www.southafricansettlers.com/ South African Settlers]
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*[http://sagenealogy.co.za/ South African Genealogy]  
*[http://southafricansettlers.info/ South African Settlers]  
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*[http://www.southafrica.info/services/genealogy.htm South Africa Family History Information on the Internet]
*[http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=43 Gravestones in South Africa]
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*[http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/ First Fifty Years - a project collating Cape of Good Hope records]
 
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*[http://www.eggsa.org/links_e.htm The Genealogical Society of South Africa links]
[[South Africa Websites|More web sites]]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/south-africa/bmd/ Cyndis List]
 
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*[http://forebears.io/south-africa Forebears]
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*[http://www.gov.za/faq/genealogy/where-can-i-get-assistance-trace-my-ancestryfamily-tree Government] Where can I get assistance to trace my family tree?
 
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*[http://southafricanfamilyhistory.com/ South African Family History]
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[http://forebears.io/south-africa South Africa Genealogy Resources & Vital Records]
 
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*[http://sagenealogy.co.za/links-htm/ South African Genealogy Useful Links]
*[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reofrmed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South_Africa,_Church_of_the_Province_of_South_Africa,_Parish_Registers,_1850-2004|South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical]]&nbsp;R[[South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|ecords)]]  
 
*[[South Africa Methodist Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa Methodist Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South Africa, Orange Free State Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Orange Free State Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[South Africa, Potchefstroom Reformed Church Archives (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Potchefstroom Reformed Church Archives (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927115?region=South+Africa Historical Records]
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*Civil Registration
 
*Probate Records
 
  
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*Archives and Libraries
 
*Biography
 
*Cemeteries
 
*Church Directories
 
*Church History
 
*Court Records
 
*Directories
 
*Emigration and Immigration
 
*Gazetteers
 
*Genealogy
 
*Geography
 
*History
 
*Land and Property
 
*Language and Languages
 
*Maps
 
*Military Records
 
*Names Personal
 
*Naturalization and Citizenship
 
*Newspapers<br>
 
*Occupations
 
*Periodicals
 
*Schools
 
*Shipping and Shipwrecks
 
*Societies
 
*Taxation
 
 
 
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Guide to South Africa ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

South Africa Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
South Africa Background
Local Research Resources
Moderator

The FamilySearch moderator for the South Africa is Daniel Jones.

Country Information[edit | edit source]

South Africa is a country in Africa bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, eSwatini, and Lesotho. Portions of South Africa were formerly ruled by Portugal, The Netherlands, and Great Britain. There are 11 official languages.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with South Africa Research

Links to articles on getting started with South Africa research.

South Africa Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in South Africa research.

See More Research Tools
Ask the
Community

South Africa Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.


Eastern CapeFree StateGautengKwaZulu-NatalLimpopoMpumalangaNorthern CapeNorth WestWestern CapeProvinces of South Africa.png


Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

South Africa is divided into nine provinces.

From 1910 to 1994, South Africa had four provinces: the Transvaal and Orange Free State, Natal and the Cape.

More South Africa Research Tools[edit | edit source]

More websites

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "South Africa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa, accessed 21 April 2016.