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

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What is in the Collection?

This collection will include 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.

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

These records are in both English and Afrikaans. For translation help, see Afrikaans Word List

Collection Content

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

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

Search the Collection

To search the collection by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Year"
⇒Select the appropriate "File Number" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image 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.

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Don't overlook FHL Place South Africa, Western Cape items or FHL Keyword South Africa, Western Cape 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.

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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, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966-2004."Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. 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.