South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792-1992
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|Cape Province, South Africa|
|Flag of South Africa|
|Location of Cape Province, South Africa|
|Record Type:||Archives Records|
|Languages:||Afrikaans, Dutch, Flemish, English|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie, Wes-Kaapse Argiewe Akten|
|Western Cape Archives|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes various records from 1792 to 1992.
It has various records from the Western Cape Archives in Cape Town, South Africa. It includes the following: Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Probate Estate Files, Slave Records and Immigration Records. This collection is being published as images become available.
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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.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
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What Do I Do Next?
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Citing This Collection
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- Collection Citation
- "South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Western Cape Archives, Cape Town.
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