South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains 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.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Department of Justice & Constitutional Development. South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004. Grahamstown Masters Office, Grahamstown Magisterial District, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- Name of the deceased
- Birthplace and Nationality of the deceased
- Name of parents
- Age at death
- Place and date of death
- Marital status
- Name of spouse and death date
- Place of marriage
- Name of the child
- Name of parents
- Date and place of birth
- Occupation of father
- Names of bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of parents for bride and groom
- Names of witnesses
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Marital status
- Cause of death
How to Use the Record
Beginning Your Search
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of ancestor
- Approximate year of the event
- Names of parents
Searching the Index
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
Using the information
When you have found the ancestor that you are looking for, the following will help you further your research:
- 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.
- 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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