Baptism records are more easily available in South Africa than birth records and are considered as a primary resource. Through baptism registers you will be able to find dates of birth as well as parents names, mother's maiden if possible as well as parents address and occupation.
Copies of baptism records need to be applied for in writing from the original source or from the Archival repository mentioned in the document source.
If you are looking for a copy of your own birth certificate or someone who died within the last 100 years, you need to apply to the Department of Home directly. Birth certificates can be requested by filling in this form and paying a R15.00 for an unabridged certificates and R70.00 for a full certificate. Waiting time is 6 – 8 weeks. When ordering a birth certificate it is important to understand the difference between these: An abridged certificate generally answers to the purpose for which a marriage certificate is required in the Republic of South Africa. An unabridged certificate is mainly issued for overseas purposes. Certified copy of birth register (vault copy) – A vault copy is a certified copy of the original register. Computer printed abridged copy – this is a computerised shortened version of a certified copy. Handwritten abridged copy – this is a handwritten shortened version of a certified copy.