About 25 years ago I wrote an article for "Family Tree" magazine about using
South African deceased estate records to find information about people who
died outside South Africa, with particular reference to Re Beaglehole, the
case that established the South African law of missing persons (which differs
from English law in that in South Africa a person cannot be automatically
presumed dead if they have been missing for 7 years or more).
I doubt that anyone under 40 would have read the original artcle, so I've
posted an updated version on my blog at:
it also has some references to Namivia and Zimbabwe.
If anyone spots anything that needs further updating (possibly some of the
estate records have been moved to other archives since we now have nine
provinces) please let me know.