South Africa, Transvaal, Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Transvaal, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Estate Files
Collection years: 1950-1993
Languages: Afrikaans and English
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1950-1993. The records include images of copies of death notices from probate estate files from the historic province of Transvaal. Transvaal now exists as the Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West provinces of South Africa. These files are located in the National Archives of South Africa in Pretoria. This collection is being published as images become available.

Reading These Records

These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Transvaal, Estate Files, 1950-1993.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Names of family members
  • Age at death

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of death

View the Images

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  2. Select File Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age at date of death to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"South Africa, Transvaal, Estate Files, 1950-1993." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: 14 June 2016. Citing National Archives of South Africa, Pretoria.
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