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South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954
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Free State, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Death Registration
Collection years: 1902-1954
Languages: Afrikaans, English
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South Africa Department of Home Affairs

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

This collection contains civil death records from Orange Free State in South Africa from 1902-1954. Death certificates are arranged chronologically and alphabetically by place.

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  • Name
  • Parent's name if under the age of ten
  • Mother's residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Birthplace
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Whether pensioner or pensioner is dependent
  • Place and date of death
  • Residence
  • Place of burial
  • Cause and duration of death
  • Background of informant

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