The MOOC manuscripts are unique, in that no copies were sent to VOC headquarters, and they are detailed records of South African families and their fixed and moveable properties - including slaves. The documents are hand-written in Dutch (and ‘Cape Dutch’), which is difficult for most researchers to read or understand, and in a vulnerable condition from over-use.

A series of three guidebooks will guide you through how to begin your research and how to find related sources. They also tell you how many other people - community researchers, archivists, writers, historians, archaeologists and genealogists – have discovered stories about slaves, people and places at the Cape. Even if you are already an experienced researcher, we hope that the guides offer you something of interest.

Slaves at the Cape Household Inventories at the Cape Places at the Cape
'Slaves at the Cape' in pdf-format can be downloaded by clicking here. 'Household Inventories at the Cape' in pdf-format can be downloaded by clicking here. 'Places at the Cape' in pdf-format can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Orphan Chamber transcriptions are partially hosted on the TANAP website (www.tanap.net) and can be searched and downloaded from there. For local researchers, the following transcriptions, indexes and associated resources have been produced as the TEPC CD which is obtainable through the THT.

PRODUCTS OF THE TRACING HISTORY TRUST

The five VOC-CDs listed below are the products sold by the Trust.

Towards a new
                    age of partnership Transcription
                    of Estate Papers of the Cape of Good Hope Vrijboek-lyste
CD 1 TANAP CD 2 TEPC CD 3 "Vrijboek" Lists
TANAP: Resolutions of the Council of Policy of the Cape of Good Hope (1651-1795) – fully transcribed. A comprehensive introduction (English and Afrikaans) and a Glossary in Afrikaans. TEPC: Inventories of intestate wills (MOOC8, 75 volumes transcribed), Auction Rolls (MOOC10 – 5 volumes transcribed plus 40 indexed), Estate Accounts (MOOC14 – 85 volumes indexed), “Bandietenrollen” (15 volumes transcribed), VOC Muster Rolls (18 volumes transcribed). An introduction for each section in English. "Vrijboek" Lists: 15 volumes photographed in the Nationaal Archief, The Hague and locally transcribed plus "Lijst van het Corps Pennisten" transcribed. An introduction in English.



VOC-Daghregisters, Deel 1 VOC-Daghregisters, Deel 2
VOC-Daghregisters, Deel 3
CD 4 "VOC-Daghregisters", Part 1 CD 5 “VOC-Daghregisters”, Part 2
CD 6 “VOC-Daghregisters”, Part 3
"VOC-Daghregisters", Part 1: 1687 and 1692 (governance of Simon van der Stel). Photographed in the Nationaal Archief, The Hague and locally transcribed. An introduction in English. “VOC-Daghregisters”, Part 2: 1695, 1699, 1700 with Simon van der Stel retiring in 1699 and his son Wilhem Adriaen appointed as Governor. Photographed in the Nationaal Archief, The Hague and locally transcribed. An introduction in English. VOC Daghregisters, Part 3: 1704, 1706, 1709, dealing with Willem Adriaen van der Stel still in power and Louis van Assenburgh as newly appointed Governor of the Cape (1709). Read about civil unrest during WA’s governance and why the Vergelegen estate was such an issue. Photographed in the Nationaal Archief, Den Haag and locally transcribed. Introduction in English.



VOC-Daghregisters, Deel 4
CD 7 “VOC-Daghregisters”, Part 4
CD 7, co-sponsored by GSSA, is the latest addition to the VOC CDs and will be officially presented at a GSSA meeting in Pretoria on 8 July 2017. VOC Daghregisters, Part 4: 1713, 1714 and 1789, dealing with the devastating effect of smallpox in 1713 and 1714, the Treaty of Utrecht, the appointment of Governor Maurits Pasques de Chavonnes, the murder that shocked the community (Maria Mouton and accomplices who murdered Maria’s husband, Frans Jooste) and the fate of the Bennebroek and its crew. In 1789 we read about all the seafaring nations achoring at the Cape harbour, foreign legions and regiments in the Colony, and the effects of the French Revolution on local soil. Photographed in the Nationaal Archief, Den Haag and locally transcribed.



Buying the Guidebooks and CDs

The Guidebooks can be ordered through Dr Antonia Malan at antonia@tracinghistorytrust.co.za

The CDs (R100 each plus postage) can be ordered through Dr Helena Liebenberg at helena@tracinghistorytrust.co.za