Tombstone inscriptions and burial registers are helpful for tracing people without markers and children without death notices.
- Genealogical Society of South Africa’s ongoing Cemetery Recording Project index http://www.eggsa.org
Churches’ documentation of baptism, marriage and burial are a major source for vital records before civil registration. Some still kept on parish level
- Anglican archive at Witts University http://www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za
- Other church archives at the Cory Library http://www.ru.ac.za/corylibrary
- Many searchable at Ancestry24 http://www.ancestry24.com
Registration of births, marriages and deaths began 1868-1900 (varied by province and record type); some death and marriage records appear much earlier. Originals and certified copies from Department of Home Affairs
- Many older records at national archives http://www.national.archives.gov.za; request through consulate
- Burial records in municipal offices
- Many civil registration records on microfilm at the Family History Library http://www.familysearch.org
- Many searchable at Ancestry24
Civil service lists
Detailed books on members of the civil service were published for many years in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- National libraries, national archives.
- Some on Ancestry24
These exist for people with significant financial assets, and contain a death notice, will, and the liquidation and distribution account.
- Master’s provincial offices for mid-1900s on
- Provincial offices of national archives for earlier records
No central index exists, and records after early influx of immigrants are spotty.
- South African Genealogy http://www.sagenealogy.co.za
- Genealogy World http://www.genealogyworld.net
- South African Passenger Lists http://sa-passenger-list.za.net
Property ownership records
Find deeds to property including land and slaves (until 1838 in Cape Town).
- Deedsweb http://www.deeds.gov.za (look at ownership history under current properties)
- Slave transfers indexed in Robert Shell’s Changing Hands e-book at Ancestry24 http://www.ancestry24.com/products-page
Municipal rolls of eligible voters exist for various years from 1884 to 1907, and a few post-1910.
- National archives
From the March 2011 Family Tree Magazine