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South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004
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Eastern Cape, South Africa
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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
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading them see:

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, ransvaal 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[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence
  • Birthplace and nationality of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation and marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse and children and possible death date if deceased
  • Details of estate

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select Year
  2. Select File Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Try searching by surname only
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in South Africa.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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