Looking for a baptism for https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bezuidenhout-565

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Hi everyone,

Some really awesome researchers have helped me find a baptism reference for [https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bezuidenhout-565] at St Mary's (Anglican), Port Elizabeth in Aug 1833, but none of us have yet been able to locate more than a reference. The reference has been attached to the profile as a pdf.

Unfortunately I'm not a member of ancestry, and I've tried looking through the Wits website..but I wasn't able to locate St Mary's, Port Elizabeth...and I'm pretty certain that we exhausted all searches on familysearch.

In the reference the name is FrancisPetrus Bezuydenhout, 10 May 1833, Port Elizabeth Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (in ancestry.com)

Is there anybody who can help me find this baptism?

Kindest regards

WikiTree profile: Peter Frank Bezuidenhout
in Genealogy Help by Pam Cormac Smith G2G6 Mach 6 (62.2k points)

2 Answers

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I’m not sure what more you want, this is a transcription of the baptism, and a perfectly acceptable source.

Name: FrancisPetrus Bezuydenhout
Gender: Male
Baptism Age: 0
Relation to Parents: Son
Event Type: Baptism 
Birth Date: 10 May 1833
Baptism Date: 25 Aug 1833
Baptism Place: Port Elizabeth Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Father: Johannes Fredrik
Mother: Martha Maria Fritz
Church: St. Mary's Port Elizabeth
Collection: St. Mary's Port Elizabeth Baptisms

Source Citation

St Marys Anglican Church, Port Elizabeth; Volume: 1; Page: 51; Entry: 275

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Aahh thanks Marion, I really hadn't considered that it was an acceptable source, so this is fantastic news. I'll have a chat with the project leaders of the Cape Dutch Project because there are discrepancies to discuss, often in South African research it's the witnesses to a baptism, or a note about residency that can be found in the images that can really help to build a profile and strengthen or weaken an argument as to weather two people are the same or not.

Thank you so much for your answer, I really appreciate it.

Have a lovely day

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Ancestry has no more info. They do say that images will be added at a future date.If the registers aren't in an archive, it is possible that the Cathedral has retained its registers and they have been filmed by ancestry.

I found that there is a  pubished transcript of this register but the only libraries that appear to hold it are in Australia. https://www.worldcat.org/title/baptismal-marriage-and-burial-registers-of-the-collegiate-church-of-abbey-of-st-mary-the-virgin-port-elizabeth-south-africa-1825-1860/oclc/221554982&referer=brief_results

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (397k points)
Oh wow, really? That's definitely something to look forward to in the future.

Thank you so much Helen!, and thank you for that link - I've probably only been on that site once or twice before so it's great to be trying it out again.

Have a lovely day


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