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| FS_URL_03 = [[Africa Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Genealogy]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[South Africa Church Records]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://genealogyintime.com/records/Africa-genealogy-records.html Genealogy In Time Magazine]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.e-family.co.za/cdni/cdni_index.htm Cape Master Death Notice Index Project]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.cyndislist.com/south-africa/bmd/ Cyndis List]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/Africa/South-Africa/Default.aspx?category=34 ancestry.com$]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://eggsa.org/links_e.htm The Genealogical Society of South Africa]
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
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This collection contains records for the years 1962-2004.
  
Suid-Afrika, Oos-Kaap, Boedel Lêers
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The 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 Grahamstown. This collection is being published as images become available.
  
== Record Description ==
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These records are written in Afrikaans and English. See the section [[South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading these Records|For Help Reading these Records]] for translation helps.
  
This collection contains records for the years 1962-2004.  
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'''General Information about Cape Province'''
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The Union of South Africa was established in 1910 by combining four British colonies into four original provinces of the Union: Cape Province, Transvaal Province, Natal Province and Orange Free State Province. In 1994 all of these provinces were dissolved and the current nine new provinces were established.  The Cape Province was broken up into three smaller provinces: the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. Parts of it were also absorbed into the North West.  
  
The 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 Grahamstown. This collection is being published as images become available.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
For a list of records by dates and file number currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2037006/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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== Record Content ==
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==Collection Content==
  
<gallery caption="South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files image examples">
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===Sample Images===
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Image:South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files DGS 7148151 4 Will Record.jpg|Will Record Example 1
 
Image:South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files DGS 7148151 4 Will Record.jpg|Will Record Example 1
 
Image:South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files DGS 7148151 5 Will Record Example 2.jpg|Will Record Example 2
 
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'''The estate file records in this collection may contain the following information:'''
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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'''The estate file records''' in this collection may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
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*Name of spouse and death date if deceased
 
*Name of spouse and death date if deceased
  
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
== How to Use the Record ==
 
  
 
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
 
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
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*Approximate year of death
 
*Approximate year of death
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2037006/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Year"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "File Number" which takes you to the images. <br>
  
To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page: <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "File Number" which will take you to the images<br>
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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.
  
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. Keep in mind:
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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.  
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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===For Help Reading these Records===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
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These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
  
These records are in Dutch, Afrikaans, and English. For help with reading the records, see the following wiki article:
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*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
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*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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*[[South Africa Language and Languages]]
  
*[[Dutch Genealogical Word List]]
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2037006 South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
 
  
==== Using the information  ====
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
When you have found the ancestor that you are looking for, the following will help you further your research:
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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.
  
*Use the ages on the marriage or death records to calculate a birth year for the bride and groom. This will make it easier for you to find the names of the parents for your ancestor.  
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===   
*The marriage place may be the birth place for the bride or groom. To find this, calculate the ages to get both of their birth years (bride and groom), and search for the bride and groom’s birthplaces with the birth year that you have found.
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*Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records. 
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*Use estate records to identify heirs and relatives.
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*You may be able to use the estate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
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*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
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*You may be able to use the estate record to learn about land transactions.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.  
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*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*Use the recording date to approximate the death date. (For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country.     
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*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.
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. 
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===   
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful.                                  
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*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 and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times. 
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*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.                         
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.                       
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*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|local genealogical societies]].
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800's.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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*Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.<br><br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|South Africa, Estate Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[South Africa Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[South Africa Genealogy|South Africa]].}}
  
*[http://www.e-family.co.za/cdni/cdni_index.htm Cape Master Death Notice Index Project]
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==Citing this Collection==
*[http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/index.htm South African Genealogy]
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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.  
*[http://www.recordsandresources.com/index.php/estate-files-eastern-cape-1962-surnames-a-g 1962 Eastern Cape Estate Files Index]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Grahamstown, South Africa.}}
  
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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.
 
 
 
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Record Description
Record Type: Estate Files
Collection years: 1962-2004
Languages: Afrikaans and English
Title in the Language: Suid-Afrika, Oos-Kaap, Boedel Lêers
FamilySearch Resources
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Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Grahamstown


What is in the Collection?

This collection contains records for the years 1962-2004.

The 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 Grahamstown. This collection is being published as images become available.

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

General Information about Cape Province

The Union of South Africa was established in 1910 by combining four British colonies into four original provinces of the Union: Cape Province, Transvaal Province, Natal Province and Orange Free State Province. In 1994 all of these provinces were dissolved and the current nine new provinces were established. The Cape Province was broken up into three smaller provinces: the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. Parts of it were also absorbed into the North West.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The estate file records in this collection may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Birthplace and nationality of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation and marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse and death date if deceased

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of death

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
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 "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.

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?

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.

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.
  • Use estate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • You may be able to use the estate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
  • You may be able to use the estate record to learn about land transactions.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the recording date to approximate the death date. (For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • 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's.
  • 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 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, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Grahamstown, 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, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004.


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