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Naturalizations and immigration records

2018-10-23T12:01:17+00:00

Naturalizations and immigration records are an extremely valuable part of any application for Ancestry Passports or VISA’s. I provide a service for anyone looking to Immigrate to get Citizenship in a foreign Country from South Africa. If you are you looking for proof of ancestry to find out or not whether you are illegible for Immigration to the United Kingdom, Germany or Russia or any EU country. If you can provide me with the name of your ancestor at the time of their arrival in South Africa and the year of the event, I can provide you with a [...]

Naturalizations and immigration records2018-10-23T12:01:17+00:00

Government Gazettes

2017-11-28T18:20:41+00:00

Thanks to Lisette Forsyth for permission to use the above artwork The first South African newspaper, The Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser, appeared on 16 August 1800, during the first British occupation. This paper, which was published in English and Dutch, later became the Cape Government Gazette, which has continued in modified form to the present day. The first unofficial newspaper, the South African Commercial Advertiser, was founded in 1824 by Thomas Pringle and John Fairbairn, settlers of Scottish descent. George Greig, the printer, was also a British settler. The establishment of this newspaper led to a [...]

Government Gazettes2017-11-28T18:20:41+00:00

Your Family Bible

2017-12-03T15:11:43+00:00

Some families are lucky enough to have a Family Bible in which ancestors have recorded the dates of births, baptisms, marriages or deaths of family members. This information should always be checked against other records. In particular, you should check the date of publication of the Bible so that you know what information was written from memory and what information was likely to have been written in the Bible contemporaneously (since that is more reliable). A Family Bible could have been handed down to your cousins, rather than to your immediate family, so it is worthwhile to broaden your [...]

Your Family Bible2017-12-03T15:11:43+00:00

National Archives Source Codes

2018-10-16T12:34:22+00:00

National Archives Sources Codes below is a compiled list of links to pages which contain References to Source Codes from the National Archives of South Africa for documents listed on the National Archives of South Africa's website under the section called NAAIRS (National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System). To contact the Archives personally you can do so here but be advised that they are understaffed and will not always answer your emails. I am here however on a professional basis to help you retrieve and photograph any of these documents. Contact me. Bloemfontein Archives Source Codes Cape Town Archives Source [...]

National Archives Source Codes2018-10-16T12:34:22+00:00

Source Codes for the Port Elizabeth Archives

2018-10-16T12:34:24+00:00

Reference to Archives Source Codes for the Port Elizabeth Archives GSEE Department of Justice, Supreme Court Port Elizabeth (1974 - 1975) GSEE Department of Justice (Illiquid Cases) (1982 -) PWDP Department of Public Works (1948 - 1983) 3/PEZ Municipalty, Port Elizabeth. Department of the City Engineer (1950 - 1976) 3/PEZ Municipality, Port Elizabeth. Department of the Town Clerk (1944 - 1970) 3/PEZ Municipality, Port Elizabeth. Electrical Department (1948 - 1979) 3/UIT Municipality, Uitenhage (1950 - 1967) 4/PEZ Divisional Council Port Elizabeth (1858 - 1964) Should you need copies of any of the documents which full references can be found on [...]

Source Codes for the Port Elizabeth Archives2018-10-16T12:34:24+00:00

Durban Archives Source Codes

2018-10-16T07:26:45+00:00

Durban Archives Source Codes are listed below from the National Archives of South Africa for documents listed on the National Archives of South Africa's website under the section called NAAIRS (National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System). To contact the Archives personally you can do so here but be advised that they are understaffed and will not always answer your emails. I am here however on a professional basis to help you retrieve and photograph any of these documents. Contact me. ABD Port Natal Administration Board (1949 - 1987) RSC Registrar of the Supreme Court, Durban and Coast Local Division, Criminal [...]

Durban Archives Source Codes2018-10-16T07:26:45+00:00

Source Codes for the Cape Town Record Centre

2017-04-05T13:29:52+00:00

Reference to Archives Source Codes for the Cape Town Record Centre which need to be ordered from the Cape Town Archives ACD Native Administration Board, Diamond Fields, Kimberley (1973 - 1979) ACN Northern Cape Administration Board, Vryburg (1971 - 1979) AEK Administration: House of Assembly: Department of Education and Culture: Heuwelkruin Girls' School (1937 - 1985) AFC Department of Agricultural Economics and Marketing, Fruit Inspection Service, Cape Town (1945 - 1965) AKR Coloured Advisory Council (1943 - 1955) AWC Development Board Western Cape: Langa Area (1926 - 1978) AWC Development Board Western Cape: Former South-Western Cape Administration Board (1956 - [...]

Source Codes for the Cape Town Record Centre2017-04-05T13:29:52+00:00

Source Codes for the Bloemfontein Archives

2017-04-05T13:30:09+00:00

Reference to Archives Source Codes for the Bloemfontein Archives AB Administrator of Relief, Bethulie (1902 - 1907) (Other Archives) ABE Administrator of Relief, Bethlehem (1902 - 1907) (Files) ABE Administrator of Relief, Bethlehem (1902 - 1907) (Other Archives) ABK Chief, Free State Archives Repository, Bloemfontein (1910 - 1988) ABL Administrator of Relief, Bloemfontein (1902 - 1904) (Files) ABL Administrator of Relief, Bloemfontein (1902 - 1904) (Other Archives) ABO Administrator of Relief, Boshof (1902 - 1907) (Other Archives) AED Administrator of Relief, Edenburg (1902 - 1904) (Other Archives) AFA Administrator of Relief, Fauresmith (1902 - 1907) (Other Archives) AFI Administrator of [...]

Source Codes for the Bloemfontein Archives2017-04-05T13:30:09+00:00

Source Codes for the Pietermaritzburg Archives

2017-04-05T13:30:22+00:00

Reference to Archives Source Codes for the Pietermaritzburg Archives AG Auditor General's Office (1899 - 1910) AGO Attorney General's Office (1845 - 1928) CNC Chief Native Commissioner (1893 - 1952) CSO Colonial Secretary's Office (1842 - 1919) DDA Department of Development Aid (1899 - 1988) DPH Department of Public Health (1901 - 1911) EI European Immigration (1878 - 1911) II Indian Immigration Department (1858 - 1924) IRD Immigration Restriction Department (1897 - 1912) MJPW Minister of Justice and Public Works (1861 - 1910) MSC Master of the Supreme Court. Insolvent Estates (1840 - 1897) MSCE Master of the Supreme Court. [...]

Source Codes for the Pietermaritzburg Archives2017-04-05T13:30:22+00:00

Source Codes for the Transvaal Archives

2017-05-06T16:35:08+00:00

Source Codes for Cape Town Archives AGT Auditor General, Transvaal (1900 - 1910) CI Chief Immigration Officer (1907 - 1912) CJC Central Judicial Commission (1902 - 1906) CS Colonial Secretary (1900 - 1910) CT Colonial Treasurer (1900 - 1910) C2 Commission for the Custody of British Prisoners of War (1899 - 1900) C3 Provisioning Commission, South African Republic (1899 - 1900) C20 Transvaal Civil Service Inquiry Commission (1904 - 1905) C30 Transvaal Public Service Inquiry Commission (1906 -) DCU Director of Customs (1900 - 1916) EC Clerk of the Executive Council (1901 - 1907) FLD Foreign Labour Department (1904 - [...]

Source Codes for the Transvaal Archives2017-05-06T16:35:08+00:00

Source Codes for the Cape Town Archives

2017-05-06T16:35:08+00:00

Source Codes for Cape Town Archives ACE Director, Elsenburg Agricultural College (1933 - 1959) ACLT Department of Agriculture Credit and Land Tenure (1910 -) AFC Principal, Fort Cox Agricultural College (1929 - 1936) AG Attorney General (1899 - 1923) AG Attorney General, Series Walvis Bay Arbitration (1893 - 1912) AG Attorney General, Anglo-Boer War and High Treason (1899 - 1919) AGR Secretary for Agriculture (1876 - 1913) APC Plant Inspector, Cape Town (1911 - 1954) ARE Regional Assizer, East London (1933 - 1946) BCS Chairman, Publications Control Board (1951 - 1973) BEK Regional Director of Bantu Education, King William's Town [...]

Source Codes for the Cape Town Archives2017-05-06T16:35:08+00:00

The Cape Census of 1865

2018-10-16T12:34:22+00:00

There has always been much speculation among genealogist and historians alike as to whether South Africa has ever had a Population Census Register like the British and the consensus has been a big NO. The real fact is that YES there have been several, but the Cape Town Archives no longer have the original records, sadly only the statistics exist. A Census of population was taken in March, 1865. No census of the Colony, in the proper acceptation of the word, has been taken previous to that. Up to the year 1865, statistical returns for the annual Blue Book [...]

The Cape Census of 18652018-10-16T12:34:22+00:00

Telephone Directories

2018-10-16T12:34:20+00:00

Thousands of people and business were listed annually in Telephone Directories and sadly these books are diminishing with the invention of the mobile phone. However, Telephone directories are becoming a very valuable source of information to any genealogist or family historian in trying to locate the different areas where your ancestors lived. It is likely that initially owning a telephone illustrates what social level they were at. The names of houses are a fascinating way of tracing your ancestors as long as they are the people that actually named the house. Many people name their houses after the towns or [...]

Telephone Directories2018-10-16T12:34:20+00:00

Cornish Immigrants to South Africa

2018-10-16T12:50:16+00:00

Cornish Immigrants The Cornish Immigrants to South Africa has legacy that has numerous facets. It embraces a mining and commercial heritage, derived from such eminent early Cornishmen as Francis Oats, Samson Rickard Stuttaford and Charles Chudleigh; a spirit of concern for the under-privileged given by Bishop Colenso and Emily Hobhouse, and the international links provided by the English language which cement family and friendly associations in all English-speaking countries. The legacy is also to be found in the place names, streets and buildings of South Africa and in the speech of South Africans today. What they eat also [...]

Cornish Immigrants to South Africa2018-10-16T12:50:16+00:00

Western Cape Farm Maps

2018-10-16T12:34:19+00:00

These Municipal Maps have been scanned in and divided into 4 pages where possible as they are huge maps. They cover areas such as Cape Peninsular and as far as Stellenbosch, Malmesbury and Hopefield. In many instances farms and original farm owners and dates are given. You will need to open up each map for each section unfortunately. These Western Cape Farm Maps are all in PDF format. Please acknowledge this website you would like to use a map for your personal use. They are not to be used on any website. If there are any errors or images that [...]

Western Cape Farm Maps2018-10-16T12:34:19+00:00

The Battle and Seige of Congella

2018-10-16T12:30:12+00:00

In May 1842 British forces under Capt. T. C. Smith occupied Port Natal for the purpose of making an end to the republic of Natalia. The protests of the Volksraad and Commandant-General Andries Pretorius he rejected. His camp was situated under the Berea on the Point side of the Umgeni River, where he had dug himself in well. He had about 240 men, with Capt. Lonsdale and 4 lieutenants, under his command.

The Battle and Seige of Congella2018-10-16T12:30:12+00:00

The Battle of Blaauwberg

2018-10-16T12:30:10+00:00

In August 1805, while the French army with which Napoleon intended to invade England was still in waiting at Boulogne, a formidable British fleet sailed southwards on a secret mission, The Battle of Blaauwberg was going to happen. It was proposed to take the Cape - the key to India - from the Batavian Republic (which was an ally of France) by means of a surprise attack. Naval and cargo vessels, 61 in all, under the command of Commodore Sir Home Popham had 6,654 soldiers and officers under Major-General Sir David Baird on board. Baird, who had spent ten months at the Cape during the first British occupation, knew the fortifications well. Reports of a mighty fleet sailing south reached Lt.-Gen. J. W. Janssen’s, the Governor at the Cape, and he made all possible preparations, but it was the harvesting season and he could not mobilise the burghers without sufficient information of an intended attack.

The Battle of Blaauwberg2018-10-16T12:30:10+00:00

Clues in your family house name

2018-10-16T12:50:15+00:00

The names of houses are a fascinating way of tracing your ancestors as they may have been the people that actually named the house. Many people name their houses after the towns or places they originated from or places that are strongly associated with the family. These place names could be vital clues when looking for that missing link. House names also contain names of people, eg Alison & Donald become “Aldon” - they could be named after children, spouses or something special in their lives.

Clues in your family house name2018-10-16T12:50:15+00:00

Epidemics in South Africa

2018-10-16T12:30:10+00:00

The term epidemic is used to indicate an unusual prevalence of a disease. The disease which most harried early navigators, occurring in epidemic form on long voyages, was scurvy. It was known that the condition was caused by absence of fresh food in the sailor's diet. Only in the present century, however, was it discovered that the factor absent from such stored or preserved foods was a vitamin. Vitamin C, the anti-scorbutic factor, is the most vulnerable of all the vitamins, readily destroyed by heating, drying and other methods of food preservation.

Epidemics in South Africa2018-10-16T12:30:10+00:00

How to write a biography

2018-10-16T12:30:09+00:00

A biography is the story of a person's life. Some biographies are just a few sentences long, others are a book. Short biographies give the basic facts of a person's life. Longer biographies include the facts with more details. Most biographies are about famous, or infamous, people. Some are about historical people, and others are about people still living. Everyone can have a biography.

How to write a biography2018-10-16T12:30:09+00:00