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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Indian Birth Returns
Collection years: 1894-1954
Languages: Dutch, Afrikaans, English
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KwaZulu Natal Archives


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes birth returns of Indian South Africans from the papers of the Protector of Indian Immigration at the KwaZulu-Natal Archives from 1894-1954. Indian South Africans are people of Indian descent living in South Africa, particularly in and around the city of Durban.

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  • Place and date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Name of parents
  • Father's Occupation
  • Parent's Residence
  • Date of registration

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