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From: Semmelink <>
Subject: RE: Cemeteries Cape
Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 07:36:20 +0200
Ideas we have. We need volunteers.
The Cemetery Board are very keen for us to capture the information in the
registers (which will cover the index cards as well). They are willing to
set up two computers for us in an office close to the main hall.
Unfortunately, the registers can NOT be removed from the building as we are
doing with the Death Notice Indices at the Masters Office because they have
to be available at all times. The area is quite safe (unlike around the
Master's Office) but parking close to the Cemetery Board is very scarce.
We will need people who can go in to the Cemetery Board on a roster basis
regularly enough to warrant them allocating an office and putting up the
computers. It could take as little as a month to get the whole thing set up
and going from the Cemetery Board side. The Master's Office took us over a
year to get set up.
There is once again some urgency in the whole thing. The registers are kept
in an office. They are NOT in fireproof vaults. If anything happens to the
building everything could be lost. The different Cape Town municipalities
are being merged and rationalised and the Cemeteries Board are subject to
whatever happens there. We could suddenly find a very different set up with
much more bureaucracy and staff who are less willing to co-operate with such
They have only partially been microfilmed. We are trying to find out where
those microfilms are. If we find them we will look at having the rest
microfilmed. That could allow us to get help from people with access to
microfilm readers. The registers can not be scanned on a flat bed scanner
which would damage them. If anyone knows of an overhead scanner which one
could use we could look at that. I understand there are some in the
country. We have played around with hand held scanners but that did not
seem to be the answer. Perhaps someone has more experience with them.
Any suggestions would be very welcome. I currently have one person who has
offered to be on the team.
Heather's South African Genealogy Help List
Cape Death Notice Index Project
From:Heather MacAlister [mailto:]
Sent:Sunday, 03 March 2002 06:13
Subject:Re: Cemeteries Cape
Cape Metropolitan Council in Wale Street, Cape Town, have indexes to every
person buried from these cemeteries as well as more cemeteries and also
those cremated from Maitland.
The cees (together with Maitland Crematorium) currently operated by the CMC
are reflected in the following table. Figures from November 1999.
They have a huge filing system with thousands of plot cards in wall sized
Once you have searched through each book and found the names you are looking
for and the plot in which they are buried the book will then tell you whom
the plot belongs to. You will then ask the lady to get the card for you
(don't try and help yourself like me as you might just be thrown out !! - I
was told once that they do not like researcher type people there !!)
These card are fascinating as they will tell you exactly who all is buried
in the grave and how deep each person is buried. I found a tombstone with
only three people inscribed on it and once I found the plot card there were
another 8 (children - who were all still born or who died within day's if
This would be a fantastic project, yet a mammoth one, to get onto a data
Has anyone got any bright ideas on this one ??
Heather's South African Genealogy Help List - www.genealogy.co.za
----- Original Message -----
From: "lucilleleroux" <>
Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2002 2:12 PM
Subject: Cemeteries Cape
I need to find graves of relatives in Maitland/Woltemade/Mowbray &
Plumstead.I know their names but not exact dates of death of all. Who would
I contact to ascertain where they are without spending days of traipsing up
and down rows?
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