South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archive Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992 .

Title in the Language of the Record

Suid-Afrika, Kaap Provinsie, Wes-Kaapse Argiewe Akten

Record Description

This collection will include various records from 1901 to 1902.

This collection 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.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Name and age of bride
  • Birthplace of each
  • Marital status of each
  • Residences of both bride and groom
  • Names of witnesses

These slave records may contain the following information:

  • Colony where transaction took place
  • Date of sale
  • Name of vendor
  • Name of purchaser
  • Amount paid
  • Number of slaves purchased
  • Sometimes, names and ages of slaves

These census records may contain the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Number of males in household
  • Number of females in household

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year and place of birth

To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year and place of marriage

To begin your search in the slave records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Province and town

To begin your search in the census records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of head of household
  • Approximate year and place of residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Using the Information

The information that you have found is very reliable. When you have found your ancestor, you can do the following:

  • To find the year of birth for your ancestor, the age on the marriage record will help determine the year of birth

The following collections may give you more information about the baptism date for your ancestor and give you information about the parents:

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"South Africa, Cape Province, Cape Town Archive Records," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 July 2012), Western Cape > Cape Town > Marriage Records vol 1/3/9/1/158 > image 115 of 301; Victor Ronald Lewis and Daphne Valerie Henderson, married 25 June 1955; citing Western Cape Archives and Record Service. South Africa, Western Cape Records. Various Records throughout the Western Cape Province. Cape Town City Archives, Cape Town, South Africa.