Indexes to the inventories of birth, marriage and death certificates held in the Cape Town Archives can be found on this page. These records form part of Civil registration in South Africa that begun in the Cape in 1895 but birth registration was not official until 1905. The records in the Archives are purely custodians for the Department of Home Affairs and any document from the  Archives will  need to be certified for official purposes.

These inventories form the basis of the indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates which are  filed in three sections at the Cape Town Archives such as Home Affairs Western Cape, Home Affairs Eastern Cape and Home Affairs Northern Cape.  Each province is broken down into several files and within each file are alphabetically listed towns which  provide the references to the main birth, marriage and death indexes and registers for the Cape in the Archives. 

Once you know the area you are looking for the birth, marriage or  death  certificate you will then need to use the actual indexes for each area that cover specific years. Please note that NO BIRTH CERTIFICATES are held in the archives and they are only birth entries. Birth certificates can only be obtained in person at Home Affairs.

To find out more about birth registers for the Cape you can look here and for the index to the birth registers for Home Affairs Western Cape you can look here.

wdt_ID Area Home Affairs District File Number Volumes
1 Aliwal North Home Affairs Eastern Cape 7 59
2 Barkly East Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 1
3 Burgersdorp Home Affairs Eastern Cape 7 68
4 Cathcart Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 2
5 Dordrecht Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 1
6 East London Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 1
7 Elliot Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 1
8 Graaff-Reinet Home Affairs Eastern Cape 2 2
9 Hankey Home Affairs Eastern Cape 2 3
10 Hofmeyr Home Affairs Eastern Cape 1 2