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1989 Voters Roll of South Africa Project

The 1989 South African Voters Roll digitisation project has taken a number of years to come to fruition and is now finally under way. After enquiring to all  the top dogs in government for old database copies, paper copies and even microfiche the answer was “sorry no – all gone”.

Start searching from our front page for your Voting Ancestors.

Luckily I discovered someone that had a microfiche copy but albeit not original fiche. The fiches were sent to a large company that does conversions and the outcome were actually better than envisaged. All though the images are not the right quality to be OCR‘d (Optical Character recognition – in other words converted to editable text) the images were perfect for transcribing.

We started capturing on 28th August 2012 and over 18000 people out of 5 million have already been done and are ready to search.

There are 2458 pages for the surnames starting with A. There are 21 entries on each page which calculates to 51 618 just for the letter A. At present we have 57 volunteers but would like more to get this project well on its way.

Information given is: Surname, Maiden Name, First Names, ID number (this will not be used) date of birth, occupation, address. This information will be part of the Ancestry24 Premium content and therefore not available to anyone. For privacy reasons ID numbers are not displayed. We have also added the age of the person for ease of those of you who don’t have the time to do the arithmetic, we have done it for you.

Please note that the Voters Roll of South Africa is a public document and can also be perused at the main National Libraries.

If you have and eye for detail, can type proficiently in excel, then you are welcome to join the team of volunteers. Please email either Heather or Andrea

Below is a list of all our other voters lists

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2 Responses to “1989 Voters Roll of South Africa Project”

  1. Colin Mohr September 9, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    What is the remuneration?

    • Heather MacAlister September 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Free subscription – but this does depend on how many records are transcribed, speed and accuracy. This is however voluntary so rumuneration in the form of free access is a bonus.

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