Muster Rolls introduction

The Muster Rolls (monsterrollen), preserved in the form of transcripts in the Cape Archives as VC 39-55 and 103, were apparently yearly lists of the inhabitants at the Cape, drawn up by Dutch East India Company (VOC) officials, and sent to the authorities in the Netherlands where they were preserved.

These are copies done by hand at the end of the 19th Century. to judge from the handwriting, presumably from the records preserved in the VOC archives at The Hague, Netherlands. So far I have been able to find no information on the transcriber or the circumstances.

In VC 39 part 3 of these transcripts there are lists for the years 1660 to 1666/7 for each year, 1670 to 1675 for each year, 1677, 1679, 1682, 1685, 1686, 1688, 1690, 1691, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1696, 1698 and 1700.

These records in the VOC archives are likewise copies, which were preserved in the archives of the Amsterdam Chamber of VOC. The originals must have been compiled at the Cape each year. Several copies were then made and forwarded to Batavia in Indonesia, headquarters of the VOC abroad, and the authority in charge of the Cape branch of the VOC. Other copies were presumably forwarded to the several Chambers of the VOC in the Netherlands. The originals, if they were kept at the Cape, did not survive.

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Cape Town Marriages 1713-1756

This is the third series of registers of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in Cape Town following the second register which covered the baptisms, marriages and memberships for the period 1695-1712.

This register contains marriages over the period 1713 to 1756. This cluster (VC 621) also contains a second register containing membership for the period 1713 to 1733 and section 1680 to 1757.

The pages of both the marriages and members are rubber stamped with ascending numerals starting with no. 1. The marriage register starts on page 1 and end on page 95. The members register is numbered from page 1 through 17 for the period 1713-1733 and page 18 through 71 for the period 1680-1757.

The readability of the register is fair to good considering these are photographs of photocopies of the original. The handwriting of D'Aillij over the years 1713 to 1725 contribute to the readability. Text that was already faded and smudged in the original has become even more difficult to read. Also when the photocopies were made, the imaging technology was not what it is today. The initial pages of the register have some overexposed areas, probably caused by this process. Any problems of missing information of this kind, as also doubtful interpretation or legibility, are indicated with square brackets.

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Vc604 P.57 1708 Ngk Bapt 1695 1712 P. 98 Fol. 56v 1703 Ngk Bapt 1696 1712 P.15 1700 Inv379 Invnr206 P72ext Villiers Ngk Ct Bap 1713 1741 P11 1717 Vc603 P.82 1679 Inventarisnummer206 P70 71 Vc603 P.90 1693 Ngk Bapt 1695 1712 P. 104 Fol. 60 1707 1 Nl Saa 5001 P76 1700 Inv379 Invnr206 P1ext Vc604 P. 97 Fol. 56 1702 Vc604 P.56 1707 Inventarisnummer206 P06 07 Inventarisnummer206 P61 61