The Genealogical Society of South Africa
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Collage Landman 3eWe serve a community of dedicated amateur family researchers. Anyone who hasn’t ever dabbled in genealogical research can imagine the relief, joy and great exultation that the genealogist experiences on having made a breakthrough, or finds the final link to complete a family line. It truly is the experience of a lifetime.
Families have migrated far and wide within South Africa. Later descendants of families that arrived in South Africa as early as 1676 trekked North and East, some ending in the present day Namibia and or even further afield to Angola and Kenya. Tracing their footsteps, opens up new worlds, and gives one insight into cultural, political and the religious motivation for these great treks.
The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) that was established in 1964 has twelve branches of which eleven are land based and one which is an electronic branch catering for members worldwide, via the internet. Each branch arranges its own activities and meets all year round apart from December and January. More information can be gleaned by visiting the branch pages of Members of the various branches assist each other with research and give guidance to newcomers.



South African War Graves Project

SA Wargraves ProjectThe goal of the South Africa War Graves Project is to archive photographs of every single South African & Rhodesian war grave from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, Bambatha Rebellion, WW1, Rand Revolt, WW2, Korea, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War, Non World War and Police to present day. These photos will either be in the format of a picture of a headstone or a name on a memorial.     
Lynnwoodrif ATRIUM, 269 Lanciastraat, Lynnwoodrif. Kom stal uit  OF kuier saam met familie/vriende .
Sluit o.a. verskeie familiebonde, die Genealogiese Genootskap van SA, die Hugenote Vereniging van SA, talle ervare genealogiese navorsers, asook Protea Boekwinkel in.
Toegang gratis
Teetuin en kosstalletjies op terrein, asook boeke & CD's te koop.
Drie INLIGTINGSESSIES in Hoofruim langs Atrium 9h30, 10:30 & 11:30
NAVRAE:  besoek 
Doopregisters aan die Kaap.  
Die transkripsie van die Cape Town Baptisms 1743-1756 is nou voltooid. Dit behels die jare 1743-1756 vir kinders, slawekinders van die Kompagnie (VOC), en slawekinders van kompagnie dienaars en van vryburgers.
Besigtig dit by hierdie skakel Cape Town Baptisms 1743-1756.
Grondeienaars van Stellenbosch 1693 - 1890. Daar is nou 'n verbeterde  weergawe, "edited manuscript", van Johannes van der Bijl se navorsing beskikbaar by:


Konsentrasiekamp Seminaar

Die Noord-Westak van die GGSA het op 6 Augustus 'n suksesvolle seminaar oor Konsentrasie kampe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlg aangebied.
Sowat 100 mense van Pretoria, Vanderbijlpark, Johannesburg en selfs van Bloefontein het bygewoon



 Die sprekers het Trdie Venter, Backie de Swardt,Johan van Zyl en Bert Gaffen ingesluit. Dit is duidelik dat die sprekers deeglik navorsing gedoen het en die inligting wat aangebied is, het 'n deeglike beeld van die omstandighede weergegee. 

Die aanbiedings is ryklik voorsien van foto's en teen die mure kon verskeie foto's wat tydens en na die oorlog geneem is, gesien word.

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Die bekende Emily Hobhouse het soos almal weet 'n vername rol gespeel in die opheffing van die Boere vrouens na die oorlog en haar naam het telkens tydens die aanbiedings opgeduik. Sy het die vrouens leer hekel en hoe om die spinwiel te gebruik. Pas voor die eminaar is daar een van die oorspronklike spinwiele waaarop die boervrouens leer weef het aan die Potchefstroom Musuem oorhandigEmily Spinwiel

Join Now

boertjie drink teeThere are two options to choose from should you wish to become a member of the GSSA.
1)Decide on the branch that you would like to join by visiting the GSSA website Then on the page of the branch of your choice select  “contact us” and forward your completed form to the membership committee member. 2) You can join via the eGSSA branch. Visit this page: and follow the instructions. The membership fee of the eGSSA consists of three elements, viz. membership of the GSSA; membership of the eGSSA and optional member of a land based branch as well. Download the apllication, complete the form and submit the form to the branch of your choice as descibed above


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Many people pass idly by cemeteries and little graveyards next to the roadside. Very few people realise that on headstones a wealth of information lies to be exploited. Many genealogists will go out of their way to visit graveyards and cemeteries, Information such as birth and  date of death, full names of the deceased and in some cases the name of the spouse can be found. This may lead to a breakthrough in the family researcher's quest. Over the years the members of the GSSA photographed thousands of headstone. These have been uploaded to eGSSA website. 

DNA Research

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 There are basically three types of DNA tests: Y-DNA – Y-DNA is passed on from father to son along a direct paternal line and it is therefore possible to track the paternal surname from one generation to the next. For this reason, only men are eligible for this test. mtDNA – All children inherit mtDNA from their mothers and since mtDNA traces generation after generation of one's direct maternal ancestors, both sexes are equally able to determine the origin of their maternal line. Autosomal DNA – this ‘Family Finder’ test literally hundreds of thousands of possible SNPs for precise DNA correlations/matches with others across all of one's genetic lines. This test is therefore also available to both sexes