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I'm trying to find the birth certificate of my wife's great grandmother who was probably born in Durban, South Africa in 1884. I'm currently unable to find any online resources for this.

Does such a thing exist online? If not, is there any other method of retrieving a copy or at least just the details?

  • At the moment I still can't find her but all three links (Ancestry24, FindMyPast and FamilyRelatives) have been very useful, thanks. – John Doyle Oct 18 '12 at 17:58
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There's a website called Ancestry24 that has records for South Africa.

According to the Birth Records page in their Learning Centre, birth registration was first introduced in South Africa in the late 1800s and wasn't mandatory in all regions until 1905. So whether you'll be able to find an 1884 birth record or not seems to be dependent on the location and when it began registering births. However, you may be able to find birth information in a baptism record, if that's applicable to your wife's family. A list of birth & baptism databases available at Ancestry24 can be found on the Birth Records page as well.

Further down the page, it also says that all birth records are indexed, and gives the archives which house the indexes.

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If she was a British Citizen born in South Africa, you could try searching the GRO Consular Birth Indices. http://www.Findmypast.co.uk has these, as does http://www.familyrelatives.com.

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