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. 

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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 and Cullinan Mine Staff Wages.
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. 
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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.
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.
Death Notice Records This database content is selected transcribed death notices.
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.


The Cape Town Guard, formed to defend the town, which had been denuded of troops who had been despatched 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 is a complete transcript of the publication from 1908 which cover over 3000 personalities. Information included besides first names and last names are date and place of birth, occupation, father’s names, spouse’s names, marriage date, spouse’s father’s names, source and other information: E.G. Came to Cape in 1880 and Johannesburg 1886. 7 children.
The compilation of this biographical dictionary was commenced in March 1931.
It is a personal reference book concerning the people of Natal – Leaders in Commerce, Industry, Farming, Politics and of those associated with the Arts, Professions, Public Servants, Social Leaders, prominent sportsmen and Colonists etc.
It is a social mirror of the time and readers will get a sound idea of what Natalians were doing and thinking up to 1933.