South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Western Cape, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Estate Files
Collection years: 1966-2004
Languages: Afrikaans, English
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Western Cape High Court


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1966-2004.

These records include images of copies of primary genealogical records such as death notices, marriage certificates, birth certificates, and wills, from the probate estate files located in the Master of the High Court Offices in Cape Town. This collection is being published as images become available.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Afrikaans and English. See the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966-2004.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Estate files may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Place of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of spouse
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Name of deceased's father
  • Name of deceased's mother
  • Parent's date of death
  • Full names of children
  • Children's date of death
  • Spouse's date of death

Collection Contents

Sample Images

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How Do I Search the Collection?

To search this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name
  • Approximate year of death
  • Place of death

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

1. Select the appropriate "Year"
2. Select the appropriate "File Number" to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

For Help Reading these Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the 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 an ancestor.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.

Citing this Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records and images within it:

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966-2004."Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, South Africa.

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, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966-2004.


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