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South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950
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Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Location of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Record Description
Record Type: Estate Files
Collection years: 1846-1950
Languages: Afrikaans, English
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records for the years 1846-1950 and are in both English and Afrikaans. South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files, received from the Master of the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg, contains items pertaining to the administration of an estate. Records include a variety of record types including death notices, distribution accounts, and succession duty accounts. Original records are located in the Natal Archives Depot in Pietermaritzburg.

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Death

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residential address
  • Marital status
  • Place of marriage
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Name of children

Wills

  • Name of the deceased
  • Names of family members
  • Distribution of property

Distribution Accounts

  • Names of people or companies paid from the estate
  • Names of relatives paid from the estate
  • An accounting of any expenditures

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