Trace your ancestral roots

2016-10-20 06:00
Verulam History Society has printed more copies of the book Verulam, City of saints.  Photo: supplied

Verulam History Society has printed more copies of the book Verulam, City of saints. Photo: supplied

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THE Verulam Historic Society has responded to the community’s queries regarding the process of tracing roots.

They provided the following information:

Tracing your roots

The descendants of indentured Indians, who wish to trace their roots, need to have any document that contains the indenture numbers of their forefathers, who came to Natal from November 1860 to 1911.

The indenture number was actually an identity number that appeared on all personal documents issued to an indentured Indian.

Examples of the relevant documents would be the old unabridged birth certificate or a mother’s or father’s pass, a title deed, or any other document on which one may find the indenture number.

The required information about one’s roots may be obtained from a ship list at the Verulam Documentation Centre in the basement of the Verulam Municipal Library (Groom Street) on a Wednesday or Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

For further information, call Mohan on 032 533 1813 or Mano Murugan on 032 535 8658,
082 532 2734.

Passenger Indians­

Passenger Indians were those who came to Natal generally to trade.

Most of them were Muslims or Gujerathis from Western India or even some from Mauritius.

Information on passenger Indians, who came to Natal between 1878 to 1917 may be found at the National Archives at 230 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Interested descendants of passenger Indians would have to call personally at the archives with the relevant documents.

They may be issued with a “vault copy” of a document containing the required information about their ancestors.

For details, call the National Archives on 033 342 4712.

The Historic Society would also like to inform residents that they have printed more copies of the book Verulam, City of Saints, available at the centre.

- Supplied.

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