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    Hello, does anyone know if records exist for baptisms / births / marriages and if so if they are on Ancestry or FMP or another site maybe in SA?

    Someone I'm searching for for a married in Aunt of mine believes her great grandmother was born in Durban so her family know nothing about this part of her family (no idea if they are from SA or were out there for work). I'm guessing I could get the marriage cert. (she married here) to get her father's name but I still wouldn't be able to find out much from that I don't think?

    Does anyone have any ideas please?

    Thanks

    #2
    Try Family Search. I've found a few on there and they are actual images of certificates and wills. Not sure how widespread they are.
    Anne

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      #3
      As anne said, familysearch has some records. Also try local archives to see what they hold.

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        #4
        If gt.grandmother’s parents were living out there for work and remained British citizens, her birth should be in the consular returns. If they were armed forces people, there should also be a record of birth returned to UK.

        This is a post I wrote in answer to a query in Scottish Indexes Group on FB. Although the subject’s family there was Scottish and event was early 1960’s, the same principles apply. There are returns for births and marriages. Hope it helps. I’ve got worldwide FMP if you want to post gt.grandmother’s details.

        “Assuming your relative kept his UK citizenship or had dual UK/SA citizenship -
        In most cases, any death of a British civilian abroad usually resulted in a notification being sent to the relevant British Consul or the UK High Commission, which will allow you to find their details within the General Register Office (GRO) consular indices. With this in mind the likely record sets at TNA would be;

        DABR - GRO Death Abroad Indices (1966 to 1994)

        DABR - GRO Death Abroad Indices (1966 to 1994)

        DCON - GRO Consular Death Indices (1849 to 1965)

        HCD2 - GRO High Commission Death Indices (1956 to 1965)

        If you can get access to FindmyPast, the you can search by name in all these sets which have been lumped together with many others at this link.

        UPDATE. Sorry that link is not working. Have removed it. Will try to find another.

        Hopefully this one works. It’s for the births and baptisms section.

        https://search.findmypast.co.uk/sear...s-and-baptisms

        Last edited by GallowayLass; 07-04-21, 11:17.

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          #5
          Originally posted by GallowayLass View Post
          If gt.grandmother’s parents were living out there for work and remained British citizens, her birth should be in the consular returns. If they were armed forces people, there should also be a record of birth returned to UK.

          This is a post I wrote in answer to a query in Scottish Indexes Group on FB. Although the subject’s family there was Scottish and event was early 1960’s, the same principles apply. There are returns for births and marriages. Hope it helps. I’ve got worldwide FMP if you want to post gt.grandmother’s details.

          “Assuming your relative kept his UK citizenship or had dual UK/SA citizenship -
          In most cases, any death of a British civilian abroad usually resulted in a notification being sent to the relevant British Consul or the UK High Commission, which will allow you to find their details within the General Register Office (GRO) consular indices. With this in mind the likely record sets at TNA would be;

          DABR - GRO Death Abroad Indices (1966 to 1994)

          DABR - GRO Death Abroad Indices (1966 to 1994)

          DCON - GRO Consular Death Indices (1849 to 1965)

          HCD2 - GRO High Commission Death Indices (1956 to 1965)

          If you can get access to FindmyPast, the you can search by name in all these sets which have been lumped together with many others at this link.

          UPDATE. Sorry that link is not working. Have removed it. Will try to find another.

          Hopefully this one works. It’s for the births and baptisms section.

          https://search.findmypast.co.uk/sear...s-and-baptisms
          I have looked on FS and couldn't see anything!
          The lady and family I'm looking for is Florence McGinn - born 1901 in Durban. She married William McGahan in 1928 in Chester le Street, Durham. That's the only info I have. Thanks for the links etc - will have a look a bit later
          Tessie

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            #6
            It might be worth having a look at these links: FTF Reference Library > World Index > South Africa. I had some success with them. The NAARS site is well worth trying or the eGGSA. (Some of the other links are not working today, but those which are have various bits and pieces).
            Caroline
            Caroline's Family History Pages
            Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. Socrates

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