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- 1 National Archives and Record Service
- 2 University of Cape Town Archival and Special Collections
- 3 University of Pretoria Archives
- 4 Western Cape Archives and Records Service
- 5 Independent Archives
- 6 Libraries
National Archives and Record Service[edit | edit source]
The National Archives and Records Service (NARS) provides for the management and care of the government records and for the preservation and use of a national archival heritage.
This online resource provides a National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System which contains records of genealogical value.
How to Use the National Archives Website[edit | edit source]
To learn how to use National Archives, try out the "How to" Guide! First, read through the Instruction. Then test your knowledge with the short Assignment - the Answer Key is provided to check your answers!
University of Cape Town Archival and Special Collections[edit | edit source]
The UCT Archives preserves paper records in two sets of collections: Administrative Archives and the University Libraries’ Special Collections.
University of Pretoria Archives[edit | edit source]
The Archives of the University of Pretoria serves as the memory bank of the institution. It preserves and maintains access to records from all sectors of the University, as well as associated institutions and communities. It strives to reflect the spirit of the University and to support the University’s teaching, research and community service mission.
Western Cape Archives and Records Service[edit | edit source]
The Western Cape Archives and Records Service provides public access to government records and private collections that are 20 or more years old. The archive is used for academic, government and private research. Genealogical research is the most popular use of the archives.
Independent Archives[edit | edit source]
Historical Papers is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa. Over 3300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompassing the mid 17th Century to the Present
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Cape Town Central Public Library[edit | edit source]
21 Parade St, Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town 8000
Old Drill Hall, Darling Street
Cape Town 8001
Telephone: 27 21 444 0209/0983/0985
Website: Central Library, Cape Town
Website #2: Central Library in Cape Town
Website #3: Cape Town Central Library
Website #4: Central Public Library (CITY OF CAPE TOWN MUNICIPALITY)
Website #5: Cape Town Central Public Library
Cory Library[edit | edit source]
The Cory Library is located on Rhodes University campus in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The library has a large collection of genealogical materials, including the following:
- Complete set of the Graham's Town Journal from 1831 to 1920, all in hardcopy with the exception of 1853-1857 which is available on microfilm. After 1920 the Grahamstown Journal was incorporated in the variously titled Grocott's Penny/Daily Mail.
- The newspaper Grocott's Mail is still published in Grahamstown twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Cody Library holds the archival hardcopy set of the Grocott's Mail from its inception in 1872 to date as well as sets of other Grahamstown and district newspapers.
- Archives (including church registers) of, inter alia, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the Diocese of Grahamstown (Church of the Province of Southern Africa) and the Eastern Cape Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa.
- Registers for some Congregational, Roman Catholic and Baptist Churches as well as marriage registers for the Grahamstown Hebrew Congregation.
Libraries - City of Johannesburg[edit | edit source]
For a list of Region C Libraries in the City of Johannesburg, go to Libraries in the City of Johannesburg.
National Library of South Africa[edit | edit source]
228 Johannes Ramokhoase St
Telephone: 27 012 401 9700
Cape Town Campus
5 Queen Victoria Street
Cape Town 8000
Telephone: 27 021 424 6320
Website: National Library of South Africa
University College London[edit | edit source]
The University College London contains the following database: Legacies of British Slave-ownership. It is a database of those paid after being forced to free slaves in 1833. Although the site refers to "British Slave Ownership", searching the database shows all claims by residents of the South Africa cape colony.
University of South Africa (UNISA) Library[edit | edit source]
15 Jean Simonis Street
Telephone: 27 021 936 4125/4126
230 Stalwart Simelane Street
Telephone: 27 031 335 1722/23/24
East London Branch
Phyllis Ntantala (Collaborative Library)
50 Church Street
East London, CBD
East London 5200
Telephone: 27 043 709 0431/2
Cnr R51 Road and Brazil Street
Telephone: 27 011 845 9338/9
GJ Gerwel Building [Former C Block]
Cnr Christiaan De Wet and Pioneer Avenue
Telephone: 27 011 471 3068/2933/2837
1st floor, Standard Bank Building
31 Brown Street
Telephone: 27 013 755 2476
1 Langalibalele Street
Telephone: 27 033 355 1713/14
Provincial Centre - Limpopo Province
PO Box 2805
Telephone: 27 015 2903401/15/31/33/36/56
Port Elizabeth Branch
Cnr Cape Road and Greyville Street
Port Elizabeth 6001
Telephone: 27 041 392 0115
Pretoria, Main campus (Muckleneuk)
Anton Lembede (AL) Building
PO Box 392
Telephone: 27 012 429 3133
Cnr OR Tambo and Steen Street
Telephone: 27 014 594 8873/43/26/42
Telephone: 27 012 441 5781/5782/5763
Website: Library Branch locator