Baptism place in South Africa -Dutch Reformed Church registers
My question is directed to those who are very familiar with the variables of NGK baptismal records.
Typically, the handwritten records will have the gemeente, or congregation location (e.g. Cradock, Port Elizabeth-noord) noted at the top of the page, but because many of the record books are hundreds of pages, the location is not indicated on each page.
In the image that I posted below please note the following:
- There is no gemeente or church location indicated at the top of the page.
- Highlighted in red -the village or locale noted on two different individual records from the same page
From my experience in doing many of the these records I had assumed this is the town/village that the family resided, and not the specific location of the church where the baptism was performed. Lately, in reviewing batch records, I have seen others list this as the baptism place, and now I am not so sure my assumption was correct…
So, my question to the community is if this location should be recorded as the baptism place, when there is no other gemeente location noted, or ignored as the family’s place of residence..?
Thanks in advance for your feedback!