South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archive Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at
Access the records: South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792-1992 .

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Title in the Language of the Record

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

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include various records from 1792 to 1992.

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. This collection is being published as images become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792-1992.

The records are in English, Afrikaans, and Dutch. For translation help, see the wiki articles Afrikaans Word List and Netherlands Language and Languages.

Collection 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 Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year and place of birth
  • Name of ancestor
  • Name of ancestor's spouse
  • Approximate year and place of marriage
  • Approximate year and place of residence

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒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.

When searching:
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.

What Do I Do Next?

  • The age on the marriage record will help determine the year of birth
  • The place of residence or marriage will give you a clue on where to search for other vital records.
  • The census records may give you insight to other family members you did not previously know about.
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Don't overlook FHL Place South Africa, Cape Province items or FHL Keyword South Africa, Cape Province items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see South Africa Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

South African Research Training

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Western Cape Archives, Cape Town.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992.