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Also see: the South African Roots sources page ...
Cape Town Baptisms 1653 to 1663
Cape Town Baptisms 1665-1695
Cape Town Baptisms 1695-1712
Cape Town Baptisms 1713-1742
Cape Town Baptisms 1743-1756
Cape Town Marriages 1656-1662
Cape Town Marriages 1665 to 1695
Cape Town Marriages 1696 to 1712
Cape Town Marriages 1713 to 1756
Drakenstein Baptism Register 1694-1713 (French Baptisms - see information below) [1]
  • Stellenbosch NGK baptisms 1688-1732 - Ockert Malan and Lorna Newcomb, with a team of transcribers, produced the transcript of the earliest register, 1688 to 1732. This excellent transcript can be bought as a CD with photographs of the register pages and added notes (from the eGGSA online shop), and is also available to search, along with a number of other registers. in the eGGSA BDM Project.
  • Stellenbosch NGK baptisms 1732-1788. The original is in the NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G2 4/2. This is an index of Father's surname, Child's name, Mothers surname, plus links to photographs of the register pages.
  • Stellenbosch NGK baptisms 1788 to 1815. The original is in the NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G2 4/3. This is an index of Father's surname, with register page number and the number of the image on which that register page can be found among the Latter Day Saints' collection of NGK register images.
  • Stellenbosch NGK baptisms 1765 to 1794. Begonnen door mij Johannes Jacobus Rijniersz van Scherpenzeel den 21 Januarij Ao 1765 op Stellenbosch. The original is in the NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G2 4/4. This is an index of Father's surname, with register page number and the number of the image on which that register page can be found among the Latter Day Saints' collection of NGK register images.
  • Stellenbosch NGK marriage register 1689 to 1788. The original registers are in the NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G2 4/1 and G2 7/1. This is an index of Groom surname and Bride surname, with links to photographs of the register pages. It was compiled and contributed by Ockert Malan. He is currently working on the subsequent marriage registers.
  • The Stellenbosch baptisms 1688-1732, and The Stellenbosch burials 1765-1946: All of the original registers are housed in and maintained by the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch. Identification of some other registers among the rather obscurely titled LDS images can be found on the following page: The Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) church registers on FamilySearch.org. The Stellenbosch baptisms 1688-1732, and The Stellenbosch burials 1765-1946 (transcribed by Ockert Malan), can be found transcribed and searchable on the eGGSA BDM Project pages. Besides containing several search interfaces for Birth, Marriage and Burial Registers, also has a link to South African Newspaper Extracts.
The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), an organ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), has published a collection of black and white photographs of a number of South African church registers here: Historical Record Collections - Africa. One of these collections is listed as South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970. In fact these appear to be church registers of the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) from that denomination's archive, The NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Family Name-websites (to be expanded in the near future):
  • Various other interesting sources of background information:
  • French Huguenot (under construction Jul 19, 2017):
  • ... to be supplemented. Page last changed on Oct 22, 2017.

Resources Netherlands / International

Fiches op de Waalse registers, 1500-1828 Card index of Huguenots in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and elsewhere. Known as the Leiden Collection.
  1. BS Geboorte; link =
  2. BS Huwelijk; link =
  3. BS Overlijden; link =
  4. BS Bevolkingsregister; link =
  5. Burgerboeken; link =
  6. DTB Begraven; link =
  7. DTB Dopen; link =
  8. DTB Lidmaten; link =
  9. DTB Trouwen; link =
  10. Emigranten; link =

Source Notes

  1. The earliest original records of the Drakenstein congregation for the period 1691 to 1717 had been lost by the 1720s. As the result of a letter from Mme Simond, widow of the first dominee, an investigation was set on foot in 1726 and found some loose notes that had been made between 1694 and 1701 for his own use by the first voorleser, Paul Roux, as well as some notes made by the second minister of Drakenstein, Henricus Beck, for the period 1702 to 1707 and 1710 to 1713. Together with a few isolated records from 1711 and 1714 these notes are all that exists today for this period - a very incomplete and, in some cases erroneous, record. I have transcribed these records and added my own translations since I have found a number of instances online where some of these records have been misinterpreted, particularly those starting Ilya ..., for instance those at 14 Dec 1695, 28 May 1696 and 21 Oct 1696. In the existing register, the first set of copied notes is headed: Fransch Doopboek, beginnende met 29 Augt. 1694, Eindigende met 5 Maart 1713: there are only 2 entries for 1694 and a large gap from 11 November 1701 to 21 September 1709, after which there are 8 entries for 1709, 2 for 1711 and 2 for 1713. The second set of copied notes is merely headed Gedoopte kinderen: it starts with 19th June 1702 and continues to 12th October 1707, after which there is a gap of a blank page and the baptisms continue from 31st May 1710 with a handful of entries only, up to 13th January 1714, after which we have a new heading Register der gedoopte kinderen van Drakensteijn starting 1714 and apparently fairly full from then onwards. For the year 1719 there are only 7 baptisms recorded for 1719, all in November and December of that year. For 1718 there are 34 baptisms recorded and for 1721 there are 28. This may indicate that some original pages for 1719 are now missing or, perhaps, that the congregation was without a minister during that period. There are no marriages recorded before 1717 and there are none surviving between 10th November 1720 and 22nd July 1725. The enquiry of 1726 also questioned Ds. Beck, by then the minister of the Cape Town congregation, who was unable to give them any more Drakenstein records, but returned the Stellenbosch registers which he had taken away with him! This information was kindly provided by Jean le Roux of Paarl from the Library maintained by the Drakenstein Heemkring, with some additional observations from me on the register as examined in a microfilmed version at the Norwich Family History Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in photographs of the copies kept in the Cape Archives as VC644 and VC654, which are photocopies of the originals which latter are now housed in NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch as G3 3/1 but not, I understand, available to the general public. An index to these registers, along with photographed copies of VC644 (1694-1732) as described above and an unidenitified later handwrittien transcription of the marriage register (1717-1749), has been published on CD by the Drakensteinse Heemkring. The index entries have been normalised and in some cases 'corrected' by the compilers (not always correctly!). Richard Ball April 2012


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