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National Archives and Record ServiceEdit

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 WebsiteEdit

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 CollectionsEdit

The UCT Archives preserves paper records in two sets of collections: Administrative Archives and the University Libraries’ Special Collections.

University of Pretoria ArchivesEdit

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 ServiceEdit

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 ArchivesEdit

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


Cape Town Central Public LibraryEdit

21 Parade St, Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town 8000
South Africa
Old Drill Hall, Darling Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa
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 LibraryEdit

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.

National Library of South AfricaEdit

Pretoria Campus
228 Johannes Ramokhoase St
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telephone: 27 012 401 9700

Cape Town Campus
5 Queen Victoria Street
Cape Town 8000
South Africa
Telephone: 27 021 424 6320

Website: National Library of South Africa

University College LondonEdit

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) LibraryEdit

Capetown Branch
15 Jean Simonis Street
Parow 7500
Telephone: 27 021 936 4125/4126

Durban Branch
230 Stalwart Simelane Street
Durban 4001
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

Ekurhuleni Branch
Cnr R51 Road and Brazil Street
Daveyton, Benoni
Telephone: 27 011 845 9338/9

Florida Branch
GJ Gerwel Building [Former C Block]
Cnr Christiaan De Wet and Pioneer Avenue
Telephone: 27 011 471 3068/2933/2837

Nelspruit Branch
1st floor, Standard Bank Building
31 Brown Street
Nelspruit 1201
Telephone: 27 013 755 2476

Pietermaritzburg Branch
1 Langalibalele Street
Telephone: 27 033 355 1713/14

Polokwane Branch
Provincial Centre - Limpopo Province
PO Box 2805
Polokwane 0700
Telephone: 27 015 2903401/15/31/33/36/56

Port Elizabeth Branch
Greyville House
Cnr Cape Road and Greyville Street
Port Elizabeth 6001
Telephone: 27 041 392 0115

Pretoria, Main campus (Muckleneuk)
Anton Lembede (AL) Building
Preller Street
Muckleneuk Ridge
Unisa Library
PO Box 392
Unisa 0003
Telephone: 27 012 429 3133

Rustenburg Branch
Cnr OR Tambo and Steen Street
Rustenburg 0300
Telephone: 27 014 594 8873/43/26/42

Sunnyside Branch
Building 15
Walker Street
Sunnyside Campus
Telephone: 27 012 441 5781/5782/5763

Website: Library Branch locator