Civil Registration: - South Africa

Background

The Cape Province (or Cape) is, in terms of European settlement, the oldest. It was the Dutch colony of the Cape of Good Hope from 1652 to 1795. From then until 1910 it was the British Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1910 it became the Cape Province in the Union of South Africa with Cape Town as the legislative capital. 

Natal was first a Boer Republic in 1838 but became a British colony in 1843 until 1910 when it formed another province in the Union.

The Orange Free State (Free State, or OFS) was, for a few years from 1848, under British sovereignty as the Orange River Colony. In 1854 it became a Boer Republic. The OFS capital Bloemfontein, was now the Union's judicial capital.

The Transvaal, established by the early Voortrekkers, was a Boer Republic in 1852 and later called the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR). In 1910 its capital Pretoria became the Union's administrative capital.

Each province has its own depot of state archives, libraries and museums and historical societies. In 1910 four provinces were combined to form the Union of  South Africa which in 1961  became the Republic of South Africa  (RSA)

 

Compulsory civil registration began at different dates for the various parts of South Africa

Cape Province

Birth (1895 onwards)

Not Open to the Public

Marriage (1840 onwards)

Coverage

Name

Year

Name

Date of Death

Ref #

LDS Film #

1895-1908

Cape District

 

None

 

 

1,864,318

1897-1903

 

 

 

 

 

1,864,319

1912-1923

 

 

None

 

 

1,864,320

1923-1927
1929-1933

Cape Town Province

1922

Fred Ismay

24 Sep 1922

1359

1,864,321

1934-1940

 

 

 

 

 

1,864,322

1954-1961

 

 

None

 

 

1,864,318

Death (1895 onwards)

Cape Master Death Notice Index Project  

This index has been captured by the Genealogical Society of South Africa (Western Cape Branch) in co-operation with the Master's Office.

The following records which are at the Master's Office in Cape Town have been captured:

Number

Year

Surname

Name

Death

6642

1951

Ismay

Esther

 

1044

1959

Ismay

Cedric

Mar

4163

1953

Ismay

Hannah Maria

Jul

Natal

Birth (1868 onwards)

Not Open to the Public

Marriage (1845 onwards)

Death (1888 onwards)

Orange Free State

Birth (1903 onwards)

Not Open to the Public

Marriage (1848 onwards)

Death (1903 onwards)

Transvaal

Birth (1901 onwards)

Not Open to the Public

Marriage (1870 onwards)

Death (1901 onwards)