We have a growing selections of Databases for both Free and Paid Members at Ancestors South Africa and over time these sections will increase.

Our free section are databases that have been donated for free individual and private usage and we welcome any genealogy related databases to add to the FREE Members section. If you have any databases that are your own copy-write and wish to host them with me, please feel free to contact me.

The Subscriber section is for PAID members only. These database have taken considerable time to digitize and to make them available in a searchable format and this also covers the costs of web development, website hosting and web upgrading costs. 

Click here to go to the main Database Home page. See lists below for the available content …….

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Namaqualand baptisms
These baptisms records have been transcribed from the original registers of various Anglican churches in the Springbok and O’Kiep areas. They cover the years 1856 – 1880.
St. Johns Clanwilliam
These baptisms have been transcribed from the original register of this Anglican Church and covers the years 1858 – 1933
St. Peters Mossel Bay
These baptisms have been transcribed from the original register of this Anglican Church and covers the years 1855 – 2007

Commercial Road Cemetery is a historical cemetery in the sense that there are so many famous people buried there yet many of them forgotten. This cemetery has been highlighted in the news several times for its vandalism and neglect but luckily the headstones have been photographed by various institutions such as the Natal Inland Family History society as well as being transcribed for posterity.

Death Notices & Indexes  
This database content is selected transcribed death notices.

The Deceased estates Index is an index of references to deceased estates in the Cape Town Archives covering the years 1834 – 1951.

The Eastern Cape Deceased estate index is a database on how to get actual documents online for deceased estates that were lodged in the Grahamstown Master of the High Court.
The years covered are 1962 – 1984.

The Transvaal Deceased Estate Index (MHG) is a database for references to Deceased estates housed in the Pretoria Archives (TAB)
The years covered are 1855 – 1976.

The Western Cape Deceased estate index is a database for references of deceased estates that were originally lodged in the Cape Town Master of the High Court but are now housed in the Cape Town Archives. Contact me if you would like a quotation for copies.
The years covered are 1951 – 1992.


These marriages records are transcriptions of Marriage certificates in South Africa by Ellen Stanton which have been carefully captured for your convenience. These marriages are copies of the original marriage certificates which were sent to Home Affairs and then later sent to be housed at the various Archives around the country. Many of these records have links to online images of marriage certificates. As new records are received, they will be added.

The Constabulary Database content contains over 10 000 South African Constabulary Records are now available using newly digitized and transcribed attestation records, we provide a detailed description of the composition of the South African Constabulary, a volunteer force of mostly English recruits during and after the Second South African War. These records contain personal particulars, such as age, country of origin, occupation and religion, for 10 399 service terms. We also match these attestation records to the delistment records for each recruit, providing evidence about cause of exit and length of service. The records not only provide a wealth of genealogical data, but also inform our understanding of comparative living standards in the colonies. With kind acknowledgements to Department of Economics at SUN
The Courts of Justice documents found the in Cape Town Archives fall under the section of Archives of the Secretary of the Council of Justice (CJ)
The Council of Justice was called into being in 1656 to take over the judicial obligations of the Council of Policy. All documents pertaining to the judicial affairs dealt with by the Council of Policy from 1652-1656 are also stored in the Archives of the Secretary of the Council of Justice.
As far as the genealogist is concerned, the most important documents in the Archives of the Secretary of the Council of Justice are the wills and codicils drawn up by the Council. There is a card index to this series in the reading room. Copies of many of these wills are in the Archives of the Master of the Supreme Court. The judicial rolls, court documents and sen-tences in connection with criminal and civil lawsuits handled by the Council of Justice provide valuable information about the people involved in them.
These miscellaneous records are made up of:
 Queenstown Title Deeds 1858-1860
Rotary Club Members 1952-1992
Author Lawrence Green Index
Cullinan Mine Staff Wages.
A list of names of teachers and pupils who attended SACS (South African College school) from 1814 – 1949 published in the book “The History of the South African College Volume 2” by Prof. W. Ritchie.
Slave Records  
These database records form part of Changing Hands and many of the primary documents for foreign, upcountry or dis-abled researchers of the Cape are inaccessible because of their location, or difficult palaeography. The series we present here is a selection of those documents which we have found most useful in our own work on the colonial Cape. The 180,000 documents included here comprise perhaps less than 1% of all documents in the Cape archives in this period so there is no pretence at completeness. The documents are loosely unified by a theme of ownership and/or change of ownership, hence the title, Changing Hands. 

Link to Database Content Description
Collection of Biographies from the Jewish Year Book of 1929.
Click here to view the Introduction.
The Precis of the Archives or otherwise known as Requesten (Memorials) 1715 – 1806 is a transcript of of the original record and contains volume One which forms a section of the Annexures to the Minutes of the Council of Policy.
Click here to view the Introduction.
This wonderful collection of Biographies has been salvaged from a very old book. Unfortunately a few of the pages of biographies namely pages 90, 351 and 422 as well as the introduction to his book are missing.
If you have a copy of this book and can supply us with the missing pages we will be very grateful. Please contact us
This database content contains transcripts of headstones from Maitland Cemetery as well as St. Peters Cemetery in Observatory.

Tombstone transcripts and images of several cemetries in South Africa.
(Augusberg Cemetery Clanwilliam; Belvedere Cemetery; Citrusdal Cemetery; Clanwilliam Anglican Cemetery; Keimoes Cemetery; Lamberts Bay Cemetery; Loxton Cemetery; Nieiwoudtville Cemetery; Piketberg Historical Cemetery; St Johns Wynberg Cemetery; Vleiplaas Cemetery; Wupperthal Cemetery)

Death Notices  
Clanwilliam Civil Deaths This database content contains Clanwilliam Civil Death records that have been transcribed from 1895 onwards. These records provide full names of deceased, age, gender, race, residence, place of death, date of death, intended place of burial as well as cause of death.
Deceased Estates References (Government Gazettes of South Africa)  
This database contents are full extracts of the legal advertisements from the Government Gazettes for Notices to Creditors in Deceased Estates and Liquidation and Distribution Accounts in Deceased Estates Lying for Inspection.

The information is given in the following order: Estate Reference number, surname and christian names, date of birth, identity number, last address, date of death; surviving spouse’s names, surname, date of birth and identity number; name and address of executor or authorised agent, period allowed for lodgement of claims if other than 30 days.

This database gives a brief account of the arrival and settlement of the French Refugees at the Cape in the seventeenth century. Their coming was of some importance to the Colony, especially with regard to farming operations. They brought with them a knowledge of viticulture which in no small measure helped to promote and advance the prosperity of the Cape of Good Hope. Further, they were an aid to the general colonization of the place. The Refugees came when there was a want of men with a knowledge of the manufacture of wine and brandy and of the cultivation of olives. The Dutch East India Company had no definite scheme of colonizing its various possessions, but an exception was made as regards the Cape. Emigrants were sent out from time to time during the seventeenth century, and Netherlanders came here at the same time as the French.
Personalia of the Germans at the Cape 1652-1806 by Dr J Hoge’s was published in the Archives Yearbook for South African History in the 1946.
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Naturalizations and immigration records are an extremely valuable part of any application for Ancestry Passports or VISA’s. Naturalizations were published in the Government Gazette after their arrival in South Africa.
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Please note that these records are for personal use and not for multiple lookups as this is against the terms and conditions of this website.

The Rhodesian Rebellion database is an extract of names of policeman who died or were wounded during the Native Disturbances od 1896 – 1897 of the British South African Company. In the B.S.A.C publication “The 1896 Rebellions : The British South Africa Company Reports on the Native Disturbances in Rhodesia, 1896-97”.

Earl Grey, the Administrator of Rhodesia cites two principle causes of the rebellion in Matabeleland: First, the incompleteness of the conquest of the Matabele Nation in 1893 and second, the incapacity of a warlike and aristocratic race to give up their old habits and to accept their natural place in the peaceful and industrial organization of a settled civilized community.

The Cape Town Guard, formed to defend the town, which had been denuded of troops who had been dispatched to the front, mustered nearly 10,000 men.

Originally formed as a Town Guard of Cape Town during the Second Anglo-Boer War, this regiment was listed as a volunteer unit in 1903 and became the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment, Cape Peninsula Rifles. The unit was incorporated in the Active Citizen Force in 1913 and disbanded in 1926. The name Cape Peninsula Rifles was adopted in 1941 by the 2nd Battalion, Reserve Brigade, which was dissolved at the end of the Second World War.

This database contains a list of the various companies with their officers and men. As well as groups of photographs.

This database content includes full images of the book and transcript of the publication from 1908 which cover over 3000 personalities. Information included besides first names and last names can include: date and place of birth, occupation, father’s names, spouse’s names, marriage date, spouse’s father’s names, source and other information such as – Came to Cape in 1880 and Johannesburg 1886. 7 children.