Western Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy

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Guide to Western Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Historical Overview



List of cities and towns in Western Cape.

Maps and gazetteers



Find A Grave records for Western Cape, South Africa


Church records

Dutch Reformed Church (NGK)

The following list contains the names of the parishes located in the Western Cape through 1900, and includes the names of the mother parish.

Parish Year Established Mother parish
Kaapstad (Cape Town)
1665 Original parish
Stellenbosch 1686 Cape Town
Paarl (Drakenstein) 1691 Stellenbosch
Tulbagh (Roodezand) 1743 Cape Town, Stellenbosch
Swartland Malmesbury) 1745 Cape Town, Stellenbosch
Swellendam 1798 Stellenbosch
Caledon 1811 Swellendam
George 1813 Swellendam
Beaufort-Wes 1819 Tulbagh, Graaff-Reinet
Somerset-Wes 1819 Stellenbosch
Worcester 1821 Tulbagh
Durbanville (Tijgerberg) 1826 Cape Town, Paarl, Swartland
Clanwilliam 1826 Tulbagh, Swartland
Winberg 1829 Cape Town
Piketberg 1833 Clanwilliam, Swartland, Tulbagh
Riversdal 1839 Swellendam
Bredasdorp 1839 Swellendam/Caledon
Wellington 1840 Paarl
Prince Albert 1842 Beaufort-Wes
Franschhoek 1845 Paarl
Mosselbaai 1845 George
Napier 1848 Bredasdorp, Caledon
Knysna 1851 George
Ladismith 1851 Swellendam, Riversdal
Hopefield 1852 Swartland
Robertson 1853 Swellendam
Oudtshoorn 1853 George, Mossel Bay
Darling 1853 Swartland
Montagu 1854 Swellendam
Ceres 1855 Tulbagh
Heidelberg ,KP 1855 Swellendam, Riversdal
Vishoek 1855 Wynberg
Murraysburg 1856 Graaff-Reinet
St Stephens (Kaapstad) 1857 Original parish - coloureds
Riebeek-Wes 1858 Swartland
Villiersdorp 1858 Caledon
Philadelphia, KP 1863 Durbanville
Riebeek-Kasteel 1863 Swartland
Uniondale 1866 George
Calitzdorp 1873 Oudtshoorn
Noorder-Paarl 1875 Paarl
Vanrhynsdorp 1877 Clanwilliam, Calvinia, Namaqualand
Porterville 1879 Piketberg
Goudini (Rawsonville) 1879 Worcester
Moorreesburg 1879 Swartland
Drieankerbaai 1879 Cape Town
Barrydale 1880 Montagu, Swellendam
Laingsburg 1883 Worcester, Sutherland, Prins Albert
Tamboerskloof 1891 Cape Town
Rondebosch 1891 Wynberg
De Rust 1899 Oudtshoorn
Dutch Reformed Church (NHK)
Reformed Church (GK)

Civil Registration

Births, marriages, and deaths began to be registered in 1895.[1]



Land records


Probate records

See here for a description of what death notices are and where they are located.

See here for a description of what probates are and where they are located.

School records

Tax records


Further Reading


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Southern Africa,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1998.