The Drakenstein Heemkring’s vision is to collect and preserve documents, books, visual and oral records, and to some extent artefacts that are specific to Paarl and the Drakenstein Valley’s. It is in other words a depository of primary research resources. Many of the records are donated and are taken up in individual collections, some were rescued from building sites, others are collected by the Heemkring’s volunteers.
The Heemkring volunteers have an ongoing task to collate and process the collections in order to make them more accessible to researches. Resources include the following:
Newspapers, magazines and books; the archive also has a large collection of old newspaper on microfilm. The list can be downloaded here: Microfilm.pdf (263 kb)
Drakenstein Huwelike 1694-1732
Drakenstein Dope 1694-1732
Baptism and Marriage records 19th century, most churches in the valley
Gribble Collection of an estimated 40,000 photographs - an invaluable resource for genealogists, cultural historians and architects. The collection includes photographs of buildings in Paarl’s Main Street, Markets Square and rural scenes, as well as photographs of Cape Town and towns in the Cape Colony. A large portion of the photographs are portrait studies of residents of Paarl and towns in the Cape Colony, Free State, southern Cape and the former Transvaal - Surnames available.
The Heemkring has also published two series on farm ownership in the Drakenstein Valley and Cape Colony, and various other documents in pdf format.Resources_files/Microfilm.pdf_Gribble.html_Surnames.html_Surnames.htmlPublications.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2shapeimage_4_link_3shapeimage_4_link_4
Drakenstein Kasboek 1704-1724
Email the Drakenstein Heemkring for more information on what resources are available, or if you would like the Heemkring to do some research on your behalf. Please note standard research fees will