Here are the addresses for the most important South African record repositories

Please ensure that you add R.S.A or Republic of South Africa to the end of all postal addresses


Archives Repositories.
Family History Centers.
Department of Home Affairs.
Genealogical Institute of South Africa, (G.I.S.A.)
Genealogical Society of South Africa, {G.S.S.A.}.
Jewish Genealogical Society.
Master of the Supreme Court.


Chief of the Cape Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, 8000 - E-Mail Address:
Chief of the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository, Private Bag X9012,Pietermaritzburg, 3200 - E-Mail Address:
Chief of the Free State Archives Repository, Private Bag X20504, Bloemfontein, 9300 - E-Mail Address:
Chief of the National Archives Depot, Private Bag X236, Pretoria, 0001 - E-Mail Address:
Durban Archives Repository, Private Bag X22, Greyville 4023 or Nashua House, 14 De Mazenod Road, Greyville, Durban Telephone: 031 309-5681/4 Fax: 031 309-5685 - E-Mail Address:
Port Elizabeth Archives Repository, Private Bag X3932, North End 6056 or 1 De Villiers Street, North End, Port Elizabeth Telephone: 041 54-6451 Fax: 041 54-6451 - E-Mail Address:

Note: If contacting the Archives by e-mail, please supply a valid postal address.

The National Archives Website can be visited here.

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Anglican Church (Church of the province of SA):

Diocesan Secretary, P.O. Box 1131, JOHANNESBURG 2000
Cullen Library ,Wits University, Johannesburg

Catholic Church:

Diocesan Historian, P.O. Box 139, ALBERTON, 1450

Church of England in SA:

P.O. Box 17673, Hillbrow, 2038

Lutheran Church

Strand Street, CAPE TOWN, 8000

The Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NG)

Cape: The Archivist, Ned Geref Kerkargief, P. O. Box 3171, Cape Town, 8000.
Natal: Pietermaritzburg (only from 1865. They do not do research)
O.F.S: Sinodale Sentrum, P.O. Box 398, BLOEMFONTEIN, 9300
Transvaal: P.O. Box 433, PRETORIA, 0001

Nederduits Hervormde Kerk (NH) Church:

224 Jacob Mare Street, PRETORIA, 0002
Fax Number (012) 322 7909

Gereformeerde Kerk

The Library, Gereformeerde Kerk, Potchefstroom North, Church Street, Potchefstroom.

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The Director, Johannesburg Family History Centre, P.O. Box 33642, Jeppestown, 2043
The Director, Durban Family History Centre, P.O. Box 50063, Berea, Musgrave Road, 4062
The Director, Pretoria Family History Centre, 480 Leyds Street, Sunnyside, 0002
The Director, Cape Town Family History Centre, 18 Kiaat Crescent, Loeventein 7530 or P O Box 337, Brackenfell 7561.
The Director, East London Family History Centre, Belgravia Crescent, East London, 5247
The Director, Port Elizabeth Family History Centre, 40 Prospect Road, Walmer, 6065
The Librarian, Bloemfontein Family History Centre, 194 Voortrekker Road, Bloemfontein 9301

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Private Bag X114, Pretoria, 0001

The Department of Home Affairs also has a website detailing the workings of the Department.

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The Genealogical Society of South Africa

Postal Address : Suite 143, Postnet X2600, 2041, HOUGHTON
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All South African Jewish Genealogical queries welcome.
Postal Address : PO Box 1388 Parklands 2121. RSA
EMail Address :
Chair and Convener : Colin Plen

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Postal Address : PO Box 3033, Matieland. 7602. RSA
EMail Address :
Telephone : (021) 887 5070; Fax : (021) 887 5031
Home Page : GISA
The Director : Leon Endemann;

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The Master of the Supreme Court, Private Bag X20584, Bloemfontein, 9300
The Master of the Supreme Court, Private Bag X9018, Cape Town, 8000
The Master of the Supreme Court, Private Bag X1010, Grahamstown, 6140
The Master of the Supreme Court, Private Bag X9010, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
The Master of the Supreme Court, Private Bag X60, Pretoria, 0001

There is a website detailing the workings of the Master's Office but unfortunately not yet providing a searchable database of Estate Files.

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Curator, Africana Museum, c/o Public Library, Market Square, Johannesburg, 2001
Cur, Arend Dieperink Museum, Box 34, Potgietersrus, 0600
Cur, Basotho Cultural Village, PO Box 403, Kestell, 9860 - Tel (058) 721 0300 
Cur, Barberton Museum, Box 33, Barberton, 1300
Cur, C.P. Nel Museum, Box 453, Oudtshoorn, 6620 Richard Gorst, phone and fax 0443-2727306
Cur, Drostdy Museum, Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, 6740
Cur, First National Bank Museum, Box 1153, Johannesburg, 2000
Cur, Fort Beaufort Historical Museum - Curator : Moose van Rensburg, PO Box 94, Fort Beaufort, 5720 tel and fax 046-6451555
Cur, George Museum, Box 564, George, 6530
Cur, Graaff-Reinet Museum, Box 104, Graaff-Reinet, 6280
Cur, Greytown Museum, 68 Scott Street, Greytown, 3500
Cur, Hottentots-Holland Museum, Box 19, Somerset West, 7130
Cur, Howick Museum, Box 5, Howick, 3290
Cur, Huguenot Memorial Museum, Box 37, Franschhoek, 7690
Cur, Jewish Museum, 84 Hatfield Street, Cape Town, 8001
Cur, Klerksdorp Museum, Box 99, Klerksdorp, 2570
Cur, Ladysmith Museum, Box 380, Ladysmith, 3370
Cur, Old Court House Museum, Old Court House, Aliwal Street, Durban, 4001
Cur, Lydenburg Museum, c/o Town Clerk, Lydenburg, 1120
Cur, Mafeking Museum, Box 42, Mafeking, 8670
Cur, Nieuwe Republiek Museum, 119 Landdrost Street, Vryheid, 3100
Cur, Old Parsonage Museum, Main Street, Paarl, 7646
Cur, Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, Church Street, Tulbagh, 6820
Cur, Pilgrim's Rest Museum, Private Bag X519, Pilgrim's Rest, 1290
Cur, Potchefstroom Museum, Box 113, Potchefstroom, 2520
Cur, Queenstown and Frontier Museum, Box 296, Queenstown, 5320
Cur, R.E. Stevenson Museum, Box 22, Colenso, 3360
Cur, Roodepoort Museum, Private Bag X30, Roodepoort, 1725.
Cur, Simon's Town Museum, PO Box 56, Simon's Town, 7995- E-Mail address:
Cur, Somerset East Museum, Box 151, Somerset East, 5850 tel and fax 042-2432079
Cur, Stellenbosch Museum, Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch, 7600
Cur, Transvaal Museum, Box 413, Pretoria, 0001
Cur, Uitenhage Historical Musems, P O Box 225, Uitenhage 6230. Telephone 041- 9922063 Fax 041 - 9922083 Office Physical Address: 50 Caledon Street, Uitenhage, 6229 Mrs Mathilda Kleinhans, E-Mail:
Cur, Vereeniging Museum, Box 136, Vereeniging, 1930
Cur, Voortrekker Museum, Box 998, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Cur, Weenen Museum, Box 13, Weenen, 3325
Cur, Worcester Museum, 21 Baring Street, Worcester, 6850
Cur, Zululand Historical Museum, Box 37, Eshowe, 3815
Director, Albany Museum, Somerset Street, GRAHAMSTOWN, 6139 - E-Mail address: or
Dir, Amatola Museum, PO Box 1434, King William's Town, 5600 {This used to be the Kaffrarian Museum} - address all genealogical queries to Stephanie Pienaar at
Dir, Durban Museum and Art Gallery, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban, 4001
Dir, East London Museum, 319 Oxford Street, East London, 5201 - email address  - mark for the attention of Gill Vernon.
Dir, Library & Museum Services, Transvaal Provincial Library & Museum, Private Bag X288, Pretoria, 0001
Dir, Maritime Museum, The Castle, Box 1, Cape Town, 8000
Dir, Martelo Tower Naval Museum, Box 1, Cape Town, 8000
Dir, McGreggor Museum, Box 316, Kimberley, 8300
Dir, Missionary Museum of the NG Church, DR Seminary, University of Stellenbosch, Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, 7600
Dir, Natal Museum, 237 Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Dir, National Museum, Box 266, Bloemfontein, 9300
Dir, National Cultural History & Open Air Museum, Box 3300, Pretoria, 0001
Dir, Port Elizabeth Museum, Box 13147, Humewood, 6013
Dir, SA Cultural History Museum, Box 645, Cape Town, 8000
Dir, SA Missionary Museum, 27 Berkeley Street, King William's Town, 5600
Dir, SA National Museum of Military History, Box 52090, Saxonwold, 2132
Dir, 1820 Settlers Memorial Museum, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 6140
Dir, South African Museum, Box 61, Cape Town, 8000
Dir, State Museum, Box 1203, Windhoek, Namibia.
Dir, Voortrekker Monument, Box 3300, Pretoria, 0001
Dir, The War Museum of the Boer War Republics (Anglo Boer War Museum), PO Box 704, Bloemfontein, 9300. - Website - email address.
Church Archivist, SP Engelbrecht Museum, Box 2368, Pretoria, 0001
Hon. Secretary, McRorie House Museum, Box 42, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
Officer in Charge, SAPS Museum, Private Bag X94, Pretoria, 0001 - email address
Senior Librarian, New Germany Museum, c/o Public Library, Shepstone Road, New Germany, 3600

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Dir, Bureau for South African Family Research, Box 6009, Stellenbosch, 7600
Secretary, Huguenot Society of South Africa, PO Box 293, Franschoek, 7690 Home Page.
Dir, National Monuments Council,  111 Harrington Street, Cape Town, 8001. PO Box 4637 Cape Town 8000.  Librarian Jane Ayres.  (Tel) 021 4624502,  (Fax) 021 4624509. Email -
Dir, SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, Box 538, Pretoria, 0001
Dir, SA Museum Association, Box 61, Cape Town, 8000
Dir, SA War Graves Board, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown, 2193
Dir, Simon van der Stel Foundation, Box 1743, Pretoria, 0001
Dir, SWA Scientific Society, Box 76, Windhoek, Namibia.
The Bureau for Heraldry, Private Bag X236, Pretoria, 0001
The Jewish Genealogical Society of South Africa, Ivan Elion, Chairman, PO Box 1388, Parklands, 2121
Central Statistical Bureau, Private Bag x44, Pretoria, 0001
SA Defence Force Archives, Private Bag X615, Pretoria 0001
The Chief of the Defence Force, Private Bag x289, Pretoria 0001
Registrar of Adoptions, Private Bag X 901, Pretoria 001, RSA.
De Beers Mines Archives - email Celeste at 
Information Services Librarian, Cory Library for Historical Research. Rhodes University
P O Box 184, Grahamstown, 6140, SOUTH AFRICA. Tel: 27 46 603 8392/ Fax: 27 46 603 8493 Email: Sally Schramm URL -
Reading Room Librarian, Campbell Collections, 220 Gladys Mazibuko Road (formerly Marriott Road), Berea, Durban, 4001 - - Website can be visited at

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