About the Databases

South African Genealogy has transcribed all these records verbatim from primary sources. These sources have been indicated in the records. 


There is no single official database available of passengers arriving or calling in South Africa. As a result, any lists that are available have been painstakingly harvested from newspapers and other publications over the years by avid genealogists like myself. All the lists that I have accumulated are now searchable in the Search The Database facility. Whatever you see in these lists is what was printed in the original publication. I have no further information to add.

If you would like to contribute a list, please email me.


Notices of deserters from the military (mostly British but some German Military Settlers too) were published in the local Government Gazette. I have started transcribing these entries and have made them freely available. The list is about 70% complete and I am adding to it whenever I get the chance to do so, so please visit often.


In the near future I will be adding some church records and more military records as well as a database of “Strays”. These are a collection of random discoveries of people who turn up in records where you might least expect to find them. e.g. A burial, birth or marriage of an individual at the Cape who was not a permanent resident of the colony. I am sure these records will provide the solution to many a ‘brick wall’ problem.