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Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1904-1984
Languages: English, Afrikaans
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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church-Namibia), Windhoek

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes baptisms, marriages, and membership records from the Dutch Reformed Church for the years 1904 to 1984.

Availability of records will vary depending on location. The Dutch Reformed Church has baptismal and membership records at their archive. Marriage records are kept at the National Archives of Namibia in Windhoek, which shares a building with the National Library of Namibia.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in English and Afrikaans.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of child
  • Child’s birth date
  • Date of baptism
  • Name of person performing baptism
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses to the baptism


  • Names bride and groom
  • Date of birth and age for both the bride and groom
  • Date and place the marriage took place
  • Race of both husband and wife
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiate at ceremony
  • Marriage license or banns


  • Name of member
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Confirmation date
  • Date and place of arrival into the church
  • Date of departure from the church
  • Name of the clergyman

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate date of the event (birth, marriage, etc.)

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Witnesses listed in the church records may be relatives
  • The birth place listed on the church records may provide a location to search additional records
  • Oftentimes the baptismal registers will include a birth date for the person being baptized
  • The parents' names of the children being baptized are often included on the baptismal record
  • Parents' names are often included on the marriage records

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life

Record Finder[edit | edit source]

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Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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