birth certificateBirth Records are undoubtedly the most important record in the last 130 years for tracing your family history. Without knowing who someone’s parents are you can easily end up tracing the wrong line. Using birth records as a starting point is always the first step in tracing your family, this is if there was no infidelity as only a DNA test would prove otherwise.

These birth entries have been transcribed from the original Home Affairs Registers held in the National Archives – they are the genuine thing.

Search HERE for birth records. These will be updated from various provinces in South Africa over time.  So please come and check often.

If anyone wants an actual copy of a birth certificate, they have to go to Home Affairs in person and apply for a copy. They will need to print out the image as per the link provided and take it to the nearest Home Affairs office with this following information:

  1. The full name of the child
  2. Date of birth
  3. Place of birth registration
  4. Entry number


Home Affairs will then provide them with a certified copy.

More information on birth records can be found here:

When did Civil Registration being for Birth Records in South Africa?

Index to Birth Records in the Cape Town Archives

Index to Birth Records in the Cape

Index to Eastern Cape Birth Registers in the Cape Town Archives

HAEC Aliwal North
HAEC Barkley East
HAEC Burgersdorp
HAEC Cathcart
HAEC Dordrecht
HAEC East London
HAEC Elliot
HAEC Graaff-Reinet
HAEC Hankey
HAEC Hofmeyr
HAEC Humansdorp
HAEC Indwe
HAEC Jamestown
HAEC King Williamstown
HAEC Komgha
HAEC Lady Grey
HAEC Maclear
HAEC Molteno
HAEC Port Elizabeth
HAEC Queenstown
HAEC Seymour
HAEC Sterkstroom
HAEC Steynsburg
HAEC Steytlerville
HAEC Stutterheim
HAEC Tarkastad
HAEC Willowmore
HAEC Joubertina
HAEC Unidentified Towns

Index to Births Registers for the Northern Cape in the Cape Town Archives

HANC Barkley West A
HANC Barkley West B /Klipdam
HANC Britstown
HANC Carnarvon
HANC Colesburg
HANC Douglas
HANC Garies
HANC Griquastad
HANC Groblershoop
HANC Hanover
HANC Hartswater
HANC Hopetown
HANC Kakamas
HANC Keimoes
HANC Kenhardt
HANC Kimberley
HANC Kuruman
HANC Mafeking
HANC Namaqualand
HANC Noupoort
HANC Olifantshoek
HANC Phillipstown
HANC Port Nolloth
HANC Postmasburg
HANC Prieska
HANC Richmond
HANC Springbok
HANC Upington / Gordonia
HANC Vryburg
HANC Warrenton
HANC Unidentified Towns

Index to Birth Registers in Natal