South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death - FamilySearch Historical Records
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South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954
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|Transvaal, South Africa|
|Flag of South Africa|
|Location of Transvaal, South Africa|
|Record Type:||Civil Deaths|
|Title in the Language:||Suid-Afrika, Transvaal, Burgerregistrasie Sterftes, 1869-1954|
|National Archives of South Africa|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes death records that cover the years 1869-1954. Death certificates are arranged chronologically and alphabetically by place and include full name, parent's name if under the age of ten, mother's residence, age, sex, birthplace, marital status, occupation, whether pensioner or pensioner's dependent, place and date of death, residence, place of burial, cause and duration of death, and background of informant. For the years 1899-1902, records are arranged separately by internment camp and district where death occurred.
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General Information about Transvaal Province
The Union of South Africa was established in 1910 by combining four British colonies into four original provinces of the Union: Cape Province, Transvaal Province, Natal Province and Orange Free State Province. In 1994 all of these provinces were dissolved and the current nine new provinces were established. The Transvaal Province was broken up into four smaller provinces: the North West, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Parts of the Cape Province were also absorbed into the North West Province.
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