South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004 .
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|Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Flag of South Africa|
|Location of Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Record Type:||Estate Files|
|Languages:||Afrikaans and English|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Oos-Kaap, Boedel Lêers|
|Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Grahamstown|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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.
|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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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.
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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.
- "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.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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