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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Location of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Estate Files
Collection years: 1846-1950
Languages: Afrikaans, English
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Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records for the years 1846-1950 and are in both English and Afrikaans. For translation use the following helps:

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files, received from the Master of the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg, contains items pertaining to the administration of an estate. Records include a variety of record types including death notices, distribution accounts, and succession duty accounts. Original records are located in the Natal Archives Depot in Pietermaritzburg.

Sample Images

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Death Notices may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residential address
  • Marital status
  • Place of marriage
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Name of children

Will records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Names of family members
  • Distribution of property

Distribution accounts may contain the following information:

  • Names of people or companies paid from the estate
  • Names of relatives paid from the estate
  • An accounting of any expenditures

How Do I Search the Collection?

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname" which will take you to the images.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen 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 Who 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.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • 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

A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.

Collection citation:

"South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository, National Archives and Records Service of South Africa.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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