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Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie, Wes-Kaapse Argiewe Akten

Record Description

This collection will include various records from 1901 to 1902.

This collection has various records from the Western Cape Archives in Cape Town, South Africa. It includes the following; Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Probate Estate Files, Slave Records and Immigration Records. The records are in English and French. This collection is being published as images become available.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Name and age of bride
  • Birthplace of each
  • Marital status of each
  • Residences of both bride and groom
  • Names of witnesses

Slave records may contain the following information:

  • Colony where transaction took place
  • Date of sale
  • Name of vendor
  • Name of purchaser
  • Amount paid
  • Number of slaves purchased
  • Sometimes, names and ages of slaves

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Number of males in household
  • Number of females in household

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year and place of birth

To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year and place of marriage

To begin your search in the slave records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Province and town

To begin your search in the census records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of head of household
  • Approximate year and place of residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in English and French. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Using the Information

The information that you have found is very reliable. When you have found your ancestor, you can do the following:

To find the year of birth for your ancestor, the age on the marriage record will help determine the year of birth

The following collections may give you more information about the baptism date for your ancestor and give you information about the parents:

Known Issues with This Collection

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792-1992

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

 

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