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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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''[http://www.genealogyworld.net/Tracing/tracing_2.html "A Research Guide for Beginners,"]'' by Rosemary Dixon-Smith
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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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[[South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical 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>
[[South Africa, Orange Free State Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
== History of South Africa  ==
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==Getting Started==
 
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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.
 
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_South_Africa History of South Africa]
 
 
 
== Jurisdictions in South Africa  ==
 
 
 
South Africa is divided into 9 provinces.
 
 
 
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<h3>Getting Started with South Africa Research</h3>
*[[Eastern Cape, South Africa|Eastern Cape]]
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Links to articles on getting started with South Africa research.
  
*Free State
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*[[South Africa How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
*Gauteng
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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]]
  
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<h3>South Africa Research Tools</h3>
*Limpopo
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Links to articles and websites that assist in South Africa research.
*Mpumalanga
 
  
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*[http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=291.0 South Africa RootsChat]
*Northern Cape
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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]
*North-West
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*[http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/ Tracing Your South Africa Roots]
*Western Cape
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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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== Research Tools  ==
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==South Africa Clickable Map==
 
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in South Africa.<br>
'''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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==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.
  
== Useful Websites  ==
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South Africa is divided into nine provinces.
  
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*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]  
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*[[Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Eastern Cape]]
*[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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*[[Free State Province, South Africa Genealogy|Free State]]
*[http://www.ancestry24.co.za Ancestry24]  
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*[[Gauteng Province, South Africa Genealogy|Gauteng]]
*[http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/index.html Colonial Office Transcripts]
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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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*[http://sa-passenger-list.za.net/index.php South African Passenger Lists]  
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*[[Mpumalanga Province, South Africa Genealogy|Mpumalanga]]
*[http://www.1820settlers.com/ 1820 Settlers]&nbsp;
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*[[Northern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Northern Cape]]
 
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*[[North West Province, South Africa Genealogy|North West]]
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*[[Western Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy|Western Cape]]
*[http://southafricansettlers.info/ South African Settlers]  
 
*[http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=43 Gravestones in South Africa]
 
 
 
[[South Africa Websites|More web sites]]  
 
 
 
 
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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, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reofrmed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==More South Africa Research Tools==
*[[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/help/helpcenter/lesson/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
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*[http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ British Concentration Camps]
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/boer-war-register-search-start.action Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 Records]
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*[http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/death-certificates Vital Records--Obtaining Death Certificates],&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/marriage-certificates Marriage Certificates], [http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/birth-certificates Birth Certificates]
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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]
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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]
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*[http://www.southafrica.info/services/genealogy.htm South Africa Family History Information on the Internet]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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*[http://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/family_bible_index.htm Family Bible Index (includes South African Bibles)]
  
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*Census
 
*Church Records
 
*Civil Registration
 
*Probate Records
 
  
Other Topics:
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
  
*Archives and Libraries
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
*Biography
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/learning-center Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*Cemeteries
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927115?region=South+Africa Historical Records]
*Church Directories
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=south%20africa Family History Center locator map]
*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
Flag of South Africa.svg.png
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.