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Archives[edit | edit source]

National Archives and Records Service (NARS)
National Archives Building
24 Hamilton Street
Arcadia, South Africa

"How to" Guide: First, read through the Instruction. Then test your knowledge with the short Assignment - the Answer Key is provided to check your answers.

This online resource provides a National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System which contains records of genealogical value.


Director of the Genealogical Institute of South Africa
115 Banghoek Rd
Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
P.O. Box 3033
Matieland 7602
Tel.: +27 21 887 5070
Fax: 27 21 887 5031
E-mail: info@gisa.org.za


The Secretary
Genealogical Society of South Africa
PO Box 36052
Menlopark, 0102
Tel: (012) 3611435
Email: gssa@mweb.co.za


Some marriage documents can be found in the Magistrates Archives of the South African Republic. There are marriage documents for: Boksburg; Bloemhof; Heidelberg; Barberton; Klerksdorp; Lichtenburg; Lydenburg; Marico; Middelburg; Potchefstroom; Pretoria; Standerton; Waterberg; Wakkerstroom and Johannesburg.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

National Library of South Africa
Pretoria Campus
228 Johannes Ramokhoase St
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telephone: 27 012 401 9700
Email: infodesk@nlsa.ac.za

Cape Town Campus
5 Queen Victoria Street
Cape Town 8000
South Africa
Telephone: 27 021 424 6320
Email: info@nlsa.ac.za

Website: National Library of South Africa

Africana Research Library
63-65 Dutoitspan Road
34 Sidney St
Kimberley 8300
Northern Cape
South Africa
Telephone: 27 53 830 6247
Email: info@africanalibrary.co.za
Website: Africana Library, Kimberley
Website #2: Africana Library
Website #3: Africana Library, Kimberley

University College London

The University College London contains the following database: Legacies of British Slave-ownership. It is a database of those paid after being forced to free slaves in 1833. Although the site refers to "British Slave Ownership", searching the database shows all claims by residents of the South Africa cape colony.

University of South Africa (UNISA) Library

Capetown Branch
15 Jean Simonis Street
Parow 7500
Telephone: 27 021 936 4125/4126
Email: ctnlib@unisa.ac.za

Record Offices[edit | edit source]

Department of Home Affairs

  • The Registrar, Births, Marriages and Deaths
    Department of Home Affairs
    Sentrakor Building, 173
    Pretorius Street
    Pretoria 0001, South Africa
    Postal Address: Private Bag X114
    Pretoria 0001
    Tel.: 012-3148109
    E-mail hacc@dha.gov.za

What is very important to remember with regard to genealogical research is that as a rule none of the records created by the Department of Home Affairs would ever be transferred to the National Archives Repository. In terms of their legislation they would keep such records with them and they even have an archives for those records that they do not need on a day to day basis anymore. The National Archives Repository has no access to or control over this archives. The kind of records that they would keep would include Birth-, Marriage- and Death Registers, Identity documents, passports, information about persons home addresses, etc.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Genealogical Research', National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/node/24, accessed 11 July 2022.