South Africa Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital Records   4: Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Maps and Gazetteers   7: Newspapers   8: Websites   9: Search Records   10: Get Help        SEARCH

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South Africa Provinces

Goal 1: Get started with research in South Africa.


A. Use effective research methods for your South African ancestors.

  1. Learn techniques of beginning South Africa research in this video.
    FS—Beginning South Africa Research—48:38
  2. Explore the Beginner's Guide to South African Research on the Mole's Genealogy Blog site.
  3. Get familiar with the South African Genealogy page by Conrod Mercer.
  4. Explore the site for research records.
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  6. Explore the Researching in South Africa site for South African genealogy tips.
  7. Explore the free ebooks for South African history and genealogy, on the GenDatabase site.

Goal 2: Learn about South Africa archives and libraries.


A. Learn about South Africa archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about South Africa archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Africa Archives and Libraries
  2. Learn about the South Africa National Archives.
    FS—South Africa Archives and Libraries—41:53

    FS Wiki—South Africa National Archives—2 pgs.
  3. Explore resources in the South Africa National Archives site.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.


Goal 3: Learn about South Africa vital records.


A. Learn about South Africa vital records.

  1. Learn about South Africa vital records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Africa Vital Records

B. Explore South Africa vital records.

Goal 5: Learn about South Africa emigration and immigration.


A. Visit South African emigration and immigration websites.

  1. Go to the South African Settlers site.
  2. Go to the 1820 Settlers site.
  3. Explore immigration date information on the IdentityNumber site.
  4. Explore passenger list information on the South African Genealogy site.

Goal 6: Learn about South Africa maps and gazetteers.


A. Learn about South Africa maps.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for South Africa maps.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of South Africa maps.
  3. Explore the Old Maps Online site for South Africa maps.

Goal 7: Explore South Africa newspapers.


A. Explore South Africa newspapers for research.

  1. Search South African newspapers in the site.
  2. Search South African newspapers in the site.
  3. Search South African newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.

Goal 8: Explore additional websites for research.


A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for South African research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
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Goal 9: Search records from South Africa.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for South Africa.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for South African online record collections.
  2. Learn more about South African record collections in FamilySearch.
    FS—South Africa FamilySearch Collections Online
  3. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for South African records.

  1. Explore the Africa page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.

Goal 10: Get help with your South Africa research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the South African Genealogy Group on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Asia, Africa, Pacific Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  3. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for South Africa.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for South Africa research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for South Africa research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the South Africa research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about South Africa research.

C. Learn about South Africa genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about South Africa genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Africa Societies
  2. Explore South Africa genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


FamilySearch   Indexed Historical   Catalog
Church of Province of S. Africa: 1801-2004
Dutch Reformed Church Regs.: 1660-1970
Natal Province, Civil Marriages: 1845-1955
Cape Province, Civil Deaths: 1895-1972

Birth & Baptism Records:  1700s-1900s
Immigration Index:  1858-1986
Estates Death Index:  1999-2014
Voter Indexes:  1719-1996

MyHeritage    All South Africa
Free State, Dutch Reformed Church Records:   1848-1956
Methodist Parish Registers:   1822-1996

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