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SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS
Keith Sawyer
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I am from South Africa and can find nothing regarding my ancestors anywhere on MyHeritage, not even my childrens birth and marriage records. Can anyone offer any assistance?

 

Keith Sawyer
Great Britain
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RE: SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS
Baba
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Hi Keith,

In the Research section of Your family site You can find the following collections:

  • South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970
  • South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996
  • South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956
  • South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006

More aren't available this time here. On FamilySearchYou can find some more collections.

Depending on the Privacy Law/Privacy Protection Act of South Africa it is possibly difficult to get person data from the authority offices and archives.

For instance, in Switzerland the protection of living persons data is 100 years back, before this data could be free for the public.

Not all archives are electronically accessible. So a personally visit is the way.

You can find with a Search (Google,etc.) in the Web a lot of infos, good infos and bad infos. Take care about what You find. Always do a crosscheck.

Best regards

Remo

Baba
Ittigen, BE
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RE: SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS [2]
Keith Sawyer
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Thank you Baba. South Africa has a 100 year non public disclosure as well. The problem with local archives is that you must be in the country, province, city, or town to be able to visit and this is not always possible.  I used a very good researcher in South Africa to search family records for me but she could only do so much, the rest is up to me.
Keith Sawyer
Great Britain
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RE: SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS [3]
Baba
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Hi Keith,

Thank You for the feedback.

What You can do, is to concentrate to Smart Matches and Record Matches. With this two options You can find possibly other researchers with identical branches in their trees.

But, as I've written before, always crosscheck, what You find as good as possible.

Another option, if You are looking for specific persons infos, is to use the Community (https://www.myheritage.com/community). There You can place different questions about persons, photos identifications, translations, transcriptions, etc.

An absolutely 'lucky punch' could be, if You find in the web (otside of MyHeritage) a private website with questionable persons, and maybe a contact to a enthusiastic family researcher.

Best regards

Remo

Baba
Ittigen, BE
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