Explore this rich collection of church membership lists from South Africa. Understand when your ancestor joined the church and add more rich details to your family tree. The collection includes membership lists from Cape and Free State.
Every record will include a transcript with some of the details from the original record. Most of the transcripts will include:
The amount of detail in the transcripts is limited. We always recommend that you view the original record which will provide you with even more vital information about your ancestor.
This collection of records was created by Family Search. The church membership lists records come from Cape and Free State. The original records are written in Dutch or Afrikaans depending on the time that the record was created. Although some might have English alongside Dutch. Afrikaans replaced Dutch as the official language in 1961.
South Africa's narrative is woven with the threads of indigenous civilizations, European colonization, and the tumultuous era of apartheid. The Khoisan and Bantu peoples established vibrant societies before Dutch settlers and later British colonization shaped the nation. The 20th century witnessed the oppressive regime of apartheid, a system of racial segregation that endured until the early 1990s. Global pressure and the release of Nelson Mandela heralded the dismantling of apartheid, paving the way for a democratic South Africa. Post-apartheid, the country faced challenges of reconciliation, economic inequality, and social transformation.