Seeking copy of 19th century South African birth certificate?

When were birth certificates first issued in South Africa?

South Africa

Legal framework for birth registration Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, amended by the Birth and Death Registration Amendment Act, 2010 (Act No. )
Is an official birth certificate issued as a result of birth registration? Yes, within one to two days

How do I find birth records in South Africa?

The Department of Home Affairs is the Official custodian of birth records in South Africa, and the National Archives holds the birth registers for anything more than 50 years ago and can include records as early as 30 years ago.

How can I find birth records for free?

National Vital Records Archives: State Department of Public Health where the event was recorded (you can check here where to write for vital records) Genealogy websites like or

How do I get a copy of my South African unabridged birth certificate?

Getting copies of birth certificates

  1. complete Form BI–154 and submit it to the nearest office of the Department of Home Affairs if you are in South Africa, or the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate if you are overseas.
  2. pay the required fee for the application.

How do I remove my biological father from my birth certificate in South Africa?

You can apply to remove the name of the father incorrectly named as the father. BDM will waive the application fee in this instance. You’ll need to attach evidence that the father named on the certificate isn’t the child’s biological father.

Who must be notified of the birth of every child who was born alive?

(1) In the case of any child born alive, any one of his or her parents, or if the parents are deceased, any of the prescribed persons, shall, within 30 days after the birth of such child, give notice thereof in the prescribed manner, and in compliance with the prescribed requirements, to any person contemplated in

How can I trace my family history in South Africa?

Where can I get assistance to trace my ancestry/family tree?

  1. National Archives of South Africa. Genealogical research forms a substantial part of the research conducted in archives. …
  2. Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) E-mail: [email protected]

How do I trace my family tree?

Historical and government records can help you trace your heritage. Use these free resources to research and build your family tree. The National Archives and Records Administration has a collection of resources for genealogists.
Research Ancestors (Genealogy)

  1. State censuses.
  2. Native American records.
  3. Pioneer certificates.

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