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South African estate files available on FamilySearch

To be used in conjunction with South Africa’s National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS) : https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/node/737

Matthew Bode has made a video on how to use the links below. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0PqeC9fPBw

  1. Cape Marriages (Indexed on NAAIRS and FamilySearch): https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=collection%2F1935348%2Fwaypoints Look under the town given in NAAIRS description, then the volume no and then the reference
  2. Cape Estate files (1974 onwards) (NOT indexed on NAAIRS - Some of it indexed in Maseti files and some here: http://www.e-family.co.za/cdni/cdni_index.htm) There are also indexes for these files at the bottom of the page of the link in point 4 https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2156332
  3. Cape (KAB) Estate files, SOURCE MOOC 1950s ( Indexed on NAAIRS):
  4. Cape (KAB) Estate files, SOURCE MOOC before 1950 (Indexed on NAAIRS) + indexes to files in 2: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/331262
    From finding it on NAAIRS, go straight to the link and scroll down to look for the DN number (reference on NAAIRS). It will be inside a range
    Click on the little camera and find the image. There is no reference to the image number anywhere, so you'll have to jump around a bit until you find the exact image
  5. Estate papers, 1834-1928, MOOC series 6/9/21-6/9/3455, annexure A of inventory 1/3 https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/238111
  6. Cape (KAB) Wills before 1800 (MOOC 7/1/1-MOOC 7/1/45, MOOC 122-MOOC 124).
    The Volume_no of the NAAIRS entry correlates with the DI number of the film https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/64687
  7. Index to will registers, Court of Justice, Cape Colony, 17th-18th centuries
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/192315
  8. Alphabetical list, Court of Justice of the Cape Colony, 1689-1790, wills
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/468239
  9. Eastern Cape Wills 1923 – 1948
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/502516
  10. Eastern Cape Wills indexes 1874 – 1912
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/221862
  11. Inventory to liquidation and distribution accounts, 1700-1916
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/67737
  12. Cape Inventories (I haven’t been able to find them on NAAIRS, but there is an index)
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/220512
  13. Kimberley Cape (KAB) Estate Files, SOURCE MOK, 1871-1937 (Indexed on NAAIRS): : https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/25414
    From finding it on NAAIRS, go straight to the link and scroll down to look for the DN number (reference on NAAIRS). It will be inside a range. Click on the little camera and find the image. There is no reference to the image number anywhere, so you'll have to jump around a bit until you find the exact image
  14. Pretoria/Transvaal (TAB) Estate Files before 1951 (Indexed on NAAIRS): https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/188051
    From finding it on NAAIRS, go straight to the link and scroll down to look for the DN number (reference on NAAIRS). It will be inside a range. Click on the little camera and find the image. There is no reference to the image number anywhere, so you'll have to jump around a bit until you find the exact image
  15. Transvaal/Pretoria (TAB) Estate Files (some of 1951 onwards) (Indexed on NAAIRS). If your file is not under one link, check the other links as well:
  16. Free State (VAB) Estate files: 1951 - 2006 (NOT indexed on NAAIRS, see 17 for indexes) You are given the option to search, but not everything is indexed yet, so you may want to browse through as well https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1407787
  1. Free State (VAB) Estate files: before 1951 (Indexed on NAAIRS) + indexes to 16: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/195564
    From finding it on NAAIRS, go straight to the link and scroll down to look for the DN number (reference on NAAIRS). It will be inside a range. Click on the little camera and find the image. There is no reference to the image number anywhere, so you'll have to jump around a bit until you find the exact image
  2. Natal (NAB) estate files 1846-1950 (Indexed on NAAIRS): https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/229462
  3. Natal (NAB) Wills: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/285402
  4. Eastern Cape Estate files NOT indexed on NAAIRS but partly indexed on http://africangenealogy.blogspot.co.za/ :

There are  also indexes in the file section of the South African Genealogy Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthAfricanGenealogy/
1962 – 1971: https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=https://www.familysearch.org/service/cds/recapi/sord/collection/2037006/waypoints
From Craig Sheldon:
1970: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2246727  
1971: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2279850
1972: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2329797   
1973: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742570
1974: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742571
1975: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742572
From Matthew Bode:
1976: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742573
1977: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742574
1978: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742575
1979: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742576 
1980: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2742577       

1981: (Thanks to Aaron Hawkins) https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2772480

1982: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2804392
1983: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2823673
1984: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2857459
1985: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2695332
1986: (Thanks to Aaron Hawkins)  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/3048124

  1. Zululand deceased estates (NOT indexed on NAAIRS): https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/263897 Please note, it starts at item 5 (image755). Only a few 
  2. Death notices, South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia, Swaziland https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/128171

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Dutch East India Company Name Books (Naamboek van de wel edele heeren der hoge Indiasche regering….)

These books literally cover anyone involved in the service of the VOC at all of their posts including the Cape. Those listed include officials, the military, burghers, surgeons, church leaders and court officials. In some places there is more detail on officials than others. The books also include the names of people that died and those who had returned or were being sent out to posts. Of particular interest is that ranks (and the date they were achieved) were listed so that one can follow a person’s career even if some books are missing. Searching the books also allows one to follow the career of a person if they were stationed at various places.

The spelling of the books varied and included Naamboek, Naamboekje and Naam-boekje.

The earliest I have found online is from 1729 and the latest 1801. Each contained a very detailed front page of their contents!

The title page in the 1729 book contained the following information:

NAAMBOEKJE
Van de Weled. Heeren der
HOOGE INDISCHE REGEERING,
Gequalificeerde Persoon, ens. Op
BATAVIA
Mitsgaders
De Respective Gouverneurs, Directeurs, Commandeurs en Opperhoofden of de Buyten-Comtoiren van Nederlands India; gelykze in wezen zyn gewest to primo Maart 1729
Als mede alle Gouverneurs Generaal, t’sedert den Jaare 1610
A later one in 1766 was even more explicit about its contents:

NAAMBOEK
Van de Wel-Edele Heeren der
HOOGE INDIASCHE
REGERING,
Zoo tot, als buiten,
BATAVIA
Mitsgaders van de Politique Bedienden, die van de Justitie, de Kerk, Burgery, Zeevaart, Militie, Arthillery, Chirugie, &c., zoo als dezelve onder medio September 1766. Alhier in weezen zyn bevonden;
ITEM
Der Gouverneurs, Directeurs en Commandeurs, mitsgaders verdure Opperhoofden en mindere Bedienden, op de respective Comptoiren van Indie
NEVENS
Een Lyst van de Personen, die repatrieeren zullen, een van die naar de Buiten-comptoiren vertrokke zyn; en een van de overledenen.
A 1798 book explicitly includes the Cape of Good Hope :

NAAMBOEK
VAN DEN
HOOG EDELE GESTRENGEN HEEREN
COMMISSARISSEN GENERAAL
Over geheel Nederlandsch Indie en Kabo de Goede Hoop
ITEM
Van de Wel-Edele Heeren der
HOOGE INDIASCHE
REGERING,
Zoo tot, als buiten,
BATAVIA
Mitsgaders van de Politique Bedienden, die van de Justitie, de Kerk, Burgery, Zeevaart, Militie, Arthillery, Chirugie, &c., zoo als dezelve, onder ultimo December 1798, alhier in weezen zyn bevonden;
VOORTS DIE
Der Gouverneurs, Directeurs en Commandeurs, mitsgaders verdure Opperhoofden en mindere Bediendens, op de respective Comptoiren van Indie.
NEVENS
Een Lyst van de Persoonen, die naar de Buiten-comptoiren vertrokke zyn, en een van de overledenen.
All the name books listed below are online and are downloadable as a pdf. The pdfs are in black and white and sometimes it is easier to read some type on the jpeg versions on the sites.

The following sites have links to the books but not all are to be found on the same sites. Many except for Google Books contain links to the National Library of the Netherlands and most have search engines. They are also a good resource for finding other books, documents, maps and pictures of the VOC, the Cape and South Africa

If you are searching the sites make sure you use the various names for the Naamboek as some are only found by using the variants.

http://www.earlydutchbooksonline.nl/nl/edbo

https://www.europeana.eu/portal

https://www.delpher.nl

http://www.omnia.ie/index.php

https://books.google.com.au

https://books.google.com

The books:

1729 March

1732 March

1736 April

1737 April

1748 October

1750 February

1751 January

1751 September

1753 January

1754 January

1755 September

1758/59 (no date on frontispiece but printed in 1759)

1759

1761 March

1763

1764 April

1765 January

1766

1766 September

1767 May

1771 December

1778 January

1778 January

1778 December

1779

1780 December

1782 December

1783 December

1785

1785 December

1786

1786 December

1787 February

1787 December
version one
version two

1788 December
version one
version two

1789 March

1789 December
version one
version two

1790 December
version one
version two

1791 January
version one
version two

1791 December
version one
version two

1792 December
version one
version two

1793 December

1794 December

1795 December

1796 December

1797 December

1798 December

1799 December

1800 December

1801 December

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Matthew Bode's introductory YouTube videos

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South African Civil registrations on FamilySearch (not on NAAIRS)

Please also look at the collections catalogued here: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&region=AFRICA

Matthew Bode has a YouTube channel for South African research: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCryl0vgdTEYX0zb1QxEOxiQ

All provinces

  • Civil registration (marriages - whites, coloureds and Indians), South Africa and South West Africa, 1956-1960 https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1022616
  • Civil registration (deaths - whites, blacks, and coloureds), South Africa (various locales), 1895-1984

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1048929

 

  1. Transvaal

 

  1. Cape

 

  1. Natal

(Lee McGovern)

 

 

  1. Free State

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/543629

  • Free State Lijst van stemgerechtigde burgers: 1884-1902

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/543638

  1. Namibia

 

  1. Transkei

 

  1. Angola

 

  1. Zimbabwe/Rhodesia

 

  1. Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church)

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bkeywords%3ANederduitse%20%2Bkeywords%3AGereformeerde%20%2Bkeywords%3AKerk

  1. Catholic church records

 

  1. Other church records

 

 

  1. Boer war
  2. Burger lists https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/188331

 

  1. Opgaafrollen (tax census lists), 1787-1847:
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/221850
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/17063
  2. Register of slaves 1762-1838: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/543577
    Register of slaves 1833 – 1845: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2030765
  3. Cape inventories: 1692-1713.
  4. MOOC Cape Death Registers - These registers contain one line entries for deaths before certified death certificates were introduced in 1894.

Cornel: https://southafrica.mypeoplepuzzle.net/DeathRegisters1758_1833.html

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/25423

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Passports and permits to remain/ immigration:
  2. Military records 1904-1911: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/986085

 

  1. Court of Justice of the Cape Colony, 1652-1827, criminal sentences
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/468242

 

  1. Pupillen registers, 1825-1833 (Register of wards of the state (mostly orphans) including birthyear or date, parentage, and sometimes marriage partner MOOC 16/1-16/22)
    https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/85248

 

  1. Archives inventories: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/102425

 

  1. Inventories: Cornel - https://southafrica.mypeoplepuzzle.net/InventoriesAuctionRolls.html

 

  1. 1820 Settlers' centenary genealogical records, 1820-1920: https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/305287

 

  1. Cemeteries

 

 

  1. Collections about the archives and government departments https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/102425

There is an interesting one on genealogical research in this collection:  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C919-Q38T-R?i=4&cat=102425

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Stambome / Family Trees

Vanne soektogte / Surname navigator

South African Stamouers

Adkins

Adkins of Fort Jackson, East London, research by Richard Ball

Anderson

Griquatown Andersons, by Ralph Blyth Anderson

Ball

The Ball family of Fish Hoek, by Richard Ball

Barkhuizen

Johann Nicolaus Wilhelm (Barckhausen) Barkhuizen (1746 - 1812) , author not stated

Basson

The first generations from the marriage of Arnoldus Willemsz Basson and Angela van Bengale, by Richard Ball

Bastroo / Bastro (often incorrectly: Backstro)

The Bastroo Family of Mauritius and the Cape, by Richard Ball

Benadie

Descendants of Johann Matthias Benade, died 1774, by Jaq Benadie

Blignault

Blignaut, Blignault, Blignaudt Stamboom en Verwante Genealogieë, research Philip Blignaut

(cannot be accessed without registering)

Blom

Blom Familie, deur Thys Blom

Boardman

Descendants and Ancestors of the Rev William Charles Boardman, 1768-1825, by D.W.Boardman

Booysen

Booysen Family Genealogy, maintained by Chris Booysen

Botha

Botha In Suidelike Afrika, by Joe Botha

Breedt

Breed(t) Familie Webblad / Family Webpage

Burger

Barend Burger, died 1705, the first two generations, by Richard Ball

Burger(s) Genealogie, by S.J.Burger

Cloete

The South African Family Cloete, by Dan Strydom

Conradie

Die Conradie familie se WebBlad, by Piet Conradie

Davel

Descendants of Johann Christiaan Davel, died 1768, by Ralph Blyth Anderson

De Vries

The family of Hendrik Abrahamsz de Vries and Maijke Zaaijman, by Richard Ball

Diederiks

Jacob Diederichs (*1686), afstammelinge en anverwante familielede, deur Otto Diedericks

Du Toit

The Ancestors of François Jacobus du Toit, born 1808, by Francois du Toit

Erasmus

Erasmus Genealogie in Suid Afrika, by Paul Maré

Erasmus Family, by Robin Peleteret (part of his Kotzé web site)

Faber

Fabers van Suid-Afika - Faber family in South Africa, deur/by Elmien Ballot

Flemmer

The Story of the South African Flemmers, by Steve Herbert and Fay Lea

Florez

Descendants of Felix Florez 1844-1884, by Mark Adams

Goosen

Genealogy Goosen, bits and pieces of Goosen genealogy from around the world, web manager Patrick Goosen

Gous

André Gauch, died at the Cape 1698, his children and grandchildren, by Richard Ball

Greeff

www.Greeff.info - Genealogy for all relatives of the family Greeff, host Francois Greef

Ancestors of Francois Greeff, by Francois Greef
(housed on Ron Smit's web site e-family.co.za)

Grewar

Genealogie van die Grewars van Suid-Afrika, deur Peter Murray

Greyling

Greyling Familie Webtuiste, by Arnold Greyling

(the Greyling Stamboom, arrived at the Cape 1725)

Hancorn Smith

Descendants of John Smith and Rebeca Hancorn, members of the Wilson Party of 1820 settlers

(part of The Hancorns, the web site of Ros Dunnico and Seana Coulter)

Haycox

Ancestors of John Edward Haycox, by John Edward Haycox

Jansen

Zirke Jansen, 1731-, en sy afstammelinge, deur Ferdie en Elise Jansen

Jansen van Vuren

Jansen van Vuren Family, by Riaan and Lynette van Vuren

Kempen

Kempen Family, by Willem Kempen

Koopman / Coopman

The Descendants of Bartholomeus Jansz Coopman at the Cape, by Richard Ball

Kotzé

The Family Kotzee (Kotzé) of Winburg, by Robin Pelteret

Kruger

Die Kruger Familie : The Kruger Family, by Barry Kruger
eGGSA has been told that there is a Kruger Family Register available on request by email, address to be found on the 'Contact' page.

Leibbrandt

The South African Leibbrandt Family Tree, compiled by Dr. DP Leibbrandt

Levin

Descendants of Morris Levin (b.1889) and Anne Sassen (1904-1973), by Alan Samuel Levin

Lochner

Lochner Geslagregister, by Johann Georg Lochner

Lombard

The first generation of Lombards at the Cape, by Richard Ball

Descendants of Hendrik (1889-1967) and Dolly (1892-1981) Lombard, by Dirk Lombard

Louw

Louw, the first 3 generations, research Richard Ball

Maapesa

Maapesa Pedigree, by Adelbert Semmelink

Marais

Marais Family Tree, by Etienne Marais

Marais Family, by Robin Peleteret (part of his Kotzé web site)

Marais - the first three generations, by Richard Ball

Maré

South African Descendants of Paul Mare, researcher unknown

Muller

The Muller Family in South Africa, by James Hansmeyer.

Murray

The Andrew Murray Website, by Mr. Charl Cillié

(no family tree but there are contact details)

Die Familie John Murray van Suid-Afrika, deur Peter Murray

Nysschen

Olivier

Descendants of Hendik Cornelisz Olivier, the first three generations, by Richard Ball

Descendants of Okker Cornelisz Olivier, the first three generations, by Richard Ball

Pieterse

Descendants of Frederick Pietersen, son of Barthold (Bartel) Pietersen and Anna Christina Minnie, born Swellendam c 1774, by Gerda Pieterse
(housed on Ron Smit's web site e-family.co.za)

Pretorius

Die Pretorius Familie, deur Colin Pretorius

Rantlabole

Descendants of Pitse Rantlabole b 1860 in Lesotho, by Adelbert Semmelink

Ravenscroft

The Ravenscroft Family in Southern Africa, by Rollo Ravenscroft

Redelinghuys

Redelinghuys, the earliest generations, by Richard Ball

Rheeder

Descendants of Jacob Salomon Röder (1748-1828), who arrived at the Cape in 1767, from Arnstadt, Germany, & Maria Elisabeth Benade (1759); and of JSR & Maria Margaretha Heyts, by Dan Strydom

Rousseau

Rossouw Family Tree, by Andrew Houliston

Roux

RouxWiki - South African since 1688, by Nick Roux

Rudolph

The Rudolph Family Tree Website, by Ariel Rudolph

Schietekat

Die nasate van Abraham Schietekat wat in 1744 in die Kaap aangekom het, deel van die Greyling Familie Webtuiste, deur Arnold Greyling

Schutte

Die Schutte webblad, by Jan Schutte

(information on several Schutte stamvaders, but no family tree)

Semmelink

Descendants of Jan Semmelink and Hendersken married 1724 in Zelhem, Gelderland, Netherlands, by Adelbert Semmelink

Simpson

William Simpson, surgeon, of Tulbagh and his descendants, by Richard Ball

Slabbert

The family of Floris Slabbert 1656-1730, by Richard Ball

Smit

Ancestors and Descendents of Jan Smit and Adriana Tol, by Ron Smit and others.

Descendants of Erasmus Smit (Schmidt) from Holstein, by Ron Smit.

(the two genealogies above are housed on Ron Smit's web site Welcome to e-Family)

Jan Smit and Adriana Tol - the first three generations, research by Richard Ball

Smith

Smith Stamboom, John Samuel Smith 1810-1873, by Louis Engelbrecht

Hancorn Smith

Descendants of John Smith and Rebeca Hancorn, members of the Wilson Party of 1820 settlers

(part of The Hancorns, the website of Ros Dunnico and Seana Coulter)

Serrurier

Serrurier Family, by Robin Peleteret (part of his Kotzé web site)

Snyman

Snyman Genealogy, by Kobus Snyman (in the form of an Adobe Acrobat pdf file)

Spalding

The descendants of Alexander Spalding of King Williams Town, by Richard Ball

Strydom

Descendants of Joost Strijdom, who arrived at the Cape in 1678, & Maryna Ras, born at the Cape in 1669, by Dan Strydom

Swart

Descendants of Johannes Jan-seun SWART, the first five generations, researcher unknown

Ten Kroode

Genealogie van die Familie Ten Kroode en Ten Krooden, deur J A M (Joop) Ten Kroode en Derick Ten Krooden

Turner

Descendants of James Turner(1822-1911) and Maria Elizabeth Frier(1829-1875), by Terry and Sharon Turner

Van Biljon

Die Van Biljon Famlie, deur Jan van Biljon

Van den Berg

The Descendants of Jacobus van den Berge, by Samuel van den Berg

Van der Merwe

Willem Schalksz van der Merwe and Elsje Jacobsz Cloeten, by Richard Ball

(their children and grandchildren)

Van Rooy

Die familie van Rooy in Suid-Afrika, deur Jan van Rooy

Van Rooyen

Cornelis Van Rooyen 1695-1755, twee voorgeslagte en sy kinders, deur Hein van Rooyen

Van Staden

Van Staden, the first three generations, by Richard Ball

Van Vuuren / Van Vuren

Jansen van Vuren Family, by Riaan and Lynette van Vuren

Van Wyk

Stamvader Willem van Wyk, the first 3 generations, by Richard Ball

Stamvader Arie van Wyk, the first 3 generations, by Richard Ball

Venter

Venters van SA, deur Piet Venter

Visser

The Visser Family of South Africa, the first three generations by Richard Ball

Vorster

Vorster in Suid Afrika

Wahl

Descendants of Johan Coenraad Wahl (1744-1814), by Gert K. Wahl

Walters

Descendants of Samuel Walters, died 1725, researchr Nico Walters

Walters, the earliest generations, research Richard Ball

Yamey

The Yamey Family, by Adam Yamey

Zeeman

Descendants of Pieter Zeeman, by Henk Zeeman

(housed on Ron Smit's web site e-family.co.za)

Zietsman

Descendants of Paul Ludwig Sieszmann, who arrived at the Cape in 1771, from Stolpe, Germany, & Susanna Cordier, born at the Cape in 1761, by Dan Strydom

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Introduction to South African Genealogy

Frequently Asked Questions Page, by Steve Hayes, Maureen Brady, Dafanie Goldsmith and Heather MacAlister

A Research Guide for Beginners, by Rosemary Dixon-Smith

Genealogiese Handleiding, by Daniel Jacobs. A downloadable guide to genealogical research in South Africa (in Afrikaans only)

Researching in South Africa - a very useful introduction by Dafanie Goldsmith

South African Genealogy how to start, by Anne Lehmkuhl

South African Genealogy, Beginner's Page, by Conrod Mercer

South African Genealogy Primer, by Janet Melville and Delia Robertson - in pdf format

Locating Death Records on LDS Films, by Ellen Stanton

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Apps - Calculations and Formatters

Add or subtract years, months and days to or from a date, This calculator enables you to add or subtract days, months and years to a date to calculate a past or future date. copyright Time and Date.

Buckner's Birthdate Calculator, calculates birthdate from death date and age of death in day/month/year format. Use Gegorian Calemdar for European dates after about 1580 and English dates after September 1752, Julian Calendar for English dated prior to October 1752.

Weekday Calculator, author unknown. Find the day of the week for any date. Use New Style for European dates after about 1580 and English dates after September 1752.

The NAAIRS Parser, by Keith Meintjes, who writes: My idea is to aid my research, by adding a field for notes. Now, I have a permanent record of the documents I have looked at. The spreadsheet can easily be searched and sorted.

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General Family History Books online

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Britain

The Marriage Act 1836 - a brief summary

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Netherlands

General:

WieWasWie, WhoWasWho presents millions of records about persons in the past, aggregated from a large number of Dutch archive organizations participating in WhoWasWho. You'll find civil registration records, population registers, church registers and more! In addition, WhoWasWho offers so called user generated content: family trees and biographies created by other users.

archieven.nl Your home page for archival research, where hundreds of kilometers of archive material is searchable.
 - 86 participating archives,
 - more than 52,750 archives and collections with more than 142 million descriptions of archival records,
 - of almost 68 million persons,
 - and nearly 1.020.000 newspaper pages,
 - and more than 3000 addresses of historical institutions

DBNL digitale bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse letteren, DBNL (Digital Library of Dutch Literature) is a digital collection of texts belonging to the Dutch literature, linguistics and cultural history from the earliest times to the present. The collection represents the entire Dutch language and is created by a collaboration between the Taalunie (Language Union), the Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheek (Flemish Heritage Library) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) in The Hague. The website is consulted annually about four million times. The library includes a collection of South African literature

Regional:

Utrecht BDMs, 1811-onwards

Dutch East India Company (VOC):

Daghregister gehouden by der oppercoompan Jan Anthonisz van Riebeeck, eds. D.B. Bosman en H.B. Thom, A.A. Balkema, Kaapstad 1957, - digitale bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse letteren

Deel 1 - 1651-1655

Deel 2 - 1656-1658

Deel 3 - 1659-1662

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Photographs and their dating

Secure the Shadow: The Story of Cape Photography from its beginnings to the end of 1870, by Marjorie Bull and Joseph Denfield, Terence McNally, 1970

Types of Photographs and their history, by Gary Clark.

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War Graves and Military Personnel

A Willow in the Wind, by Duncan Price. Firstly it provides a virtual tour of the march route of the SA Brigade on the Somme via interactive maps , as well as Delville Wood with over 80 high resolution photographs. Secondly, it contains a complete listing of all 227 members of B Company , 2 SA Regiment, for those who may have had relatives in that unit. 

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Graves and Cemeteries in South Africa

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record - Cemeteries & Graveyards. This is a private initiative of Hugh Bland to record our heritage that is rapidly being degraded due to neglect, willful destruction and thoughtless developments, particuarly in areas not under the watchful eye of Heritage agencies.

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Birth, Marriage and Death Records

South African Estate files on the Latter Day Saints FamilySearch web site:
(with thanks to Linda Farreel and Matthew Bode)

Cape Estate Files 1839 to 1950, on the Latter Day Saints FamilySearch web site.
Find the Estate file reference number on NAAIRS and check down the list of films in the link above to find it - usually under the year indiicated on NAAIRS, but may be later.

Transvaal Estate Files (1873 to 1950)
Find the Estate file reference number on NAAIRS and check down the list of films in the link above to find it - usually under the year indiicated on NAAIRS, but may be later.

Natal Estate Files
Find the Estate file reference number on NAAIRS and check down the list of films in the link above to find it - usually under the year indiicated on NAAIRS, but may be later.

Orange Free State Estate Files
Find the Estate file reference number on NAAIRS and check down the list of films in the link above to find it - usually under the year indiicated on NAAIRS, but may be later.

7. Cape (KAB) Estate files, SOURCE MOOC (before 1950) (Indexed on NAAIRS): https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/331262?availability=Family%20History%20Library From finding it on NAAIRS, go straight to the link and scroll down to look for the DN number (reference on NAAIRS). It will be inside a range Click on the little camera and find the image. There is no reference to the image number anywhere, so you'll have to jump around a bit until you find the exact image

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011, Latter Day Saints Web Site, photogrephs of a great many registers from the The NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
There is also an index in the process of being compiled, also called: South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970. Items found in that index link to the images of the registers pages, but there is no information as to whether these are all completely indexed or not.

Cape Town Baptisms, part of Daniel Jacobs' Gendata web site.  An index of baptisms of various denominations at the Cape (mostly of English speaking people and mostly situated in the Cape Peninsula) as well as some baptisms at the Cape Town Lutheran Congregation. It covers the period 1808 to 1854, but not for every congregation.   To access this database go to GenData and then select the menu item 'Gratis Data' and from the drop down list, 'Engelse Doopseels'. It does not work linked direct from this page.

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Historical and other information

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Mailing lists and other groups

Ancestry.com hosts the erstwhile Rootsweb mailing lists. There are a number which relate to South Africa to be found here: Mailing Lists: South Africa

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Passenger Lists

The Hamburg Passenger Departure Lists 1850-1934, deur Joe Beine

Indian Passenger and Ships List 1860-1911, by K. Chetty - ship listings and downloadable excel files of names of indentured labourers imported from India.

Natal Passenger listings - a variety of listings and other information on immigrant passengers from Mole's Genealogy Blog, by Rosemary Dixon-Smith.

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Searchable data

Cape Dutch Reformed Church (NGK) Records. Understanding and accessing those  that have been published by FamilySearch web site, by Cornel Viljoen.

Cape Marriages and Indexes available on the Familysearch.org website. This guide, with links, was created by Cornel Viljoen.

Cape NGK Baptism Indexes, Baptism index 1855-1875 over all congregations, photographs of the typed 'Ring' index. Latter Day Saints Web site.

Useful with the above is the NAAIRS Parser, by Keith Meintjes

Transvaal Marriages and Index 1869 -1954. The registers cover all denominations and also any civil marriages that took place at a magistrate’s court. By Cornel Viljoen.

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Genealogical and Historical Societies

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Institutions and Museums

South Africa's Museums, a comprehensive listing

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Published genealogies

The main ones are these two, available in most of the larger South African libraries. The second is the more up to date. Always be aware that these are not infallible - they have only been put together by human beings and inevitably contain mistakes and errors. Use them as a guide, not a source.

Deel 1: A-J: Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien

Deel 2: A-O: Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien

South African Genealogies, compiled by J.A. Heese, edited by R.T.J. Lombard, GISA, 1986 - 2008.

A good number of other books have been published over the years which may (or may not!) be found in South African libraries. You can find a list of some here ... but we are unable to provide locations for these. You will have to find them for yourself!

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