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 www.genza.org.za. Members of the various branches assist each other with research and give guidance to newcomers.

Brokkies/Snippets

Argieftoere 2017
20-25 Augustus 2017
: Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (KAB, GISA & Drakenstein Heemkring) vir lede uit ander provinsies, waarby vlugte, busvervoer, verblyf, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde, gidse,  ens. Koste ± R7,500 per lid. Deposito’s geld as bespreking – besprekings begin 1 Januarie 2017.
In die mooiste mooiste maand Oktober: Gauteng se Argiewe (TAB, LDS en Erfenisstigting) (waarby lugvervoer uit ander provinsies, busvervoer in Gauteng en akkommodasie ingesluit kan word). Twee etes per dag en toegangsgelde word wel ingesluit. Koste hang af of vervoer en oornagting ingesluit moet word. Kontak my om van jou behoeftes te laat hoor.
 Kontak Ellen by eharmse@mweb.co.za of 072 594 9050; 011 972 0003

Die Pienaar Familieregister

Pienaar Boek

Die Pienaar Familieregister is bekend gestel by die jaarvergadering van die Hugenote Vereniging  op 29 Okt 2016 in Franschhoek, en  5 Nov 2016 in Pretoria. gehou word. Dit bestaan uit 3 volumes ('n totaal van 1800 bladsye). Die prys is nog nie bekend nie maar sal sodra dit bekend is, beskikbaar gestel word. Sien http://www.hugenoot.org.za/begin-a.htm vir besonderhede.

  Twee nuwe vrystellings vanaf GGSA om jouself te bederf die komende Kersseisoen. 

Beide CD’s se  verkoopsprys is vasgestel op R 240-00 (ELK) +posgeld en verpakking  R30-00 (R70-00 buite RSA grense). 
Lees hier verder oor die aanbod

Herdrukte Boeke

Heruitgawe BoekeGGSA het pas ‘n reeks boekies bekend gestel – boekies wat voortaan in elke takbiblioteek beskikbaar sal wees vir taklede om navorsing te doen by takbiblioteke.
Hierdie projek is deur Dennis Pretorius van stapel gestuur om te verseker dat familiegeskiedenis en stamregisters wat in klein volumes deur amateur genealoë vir hulle eie familie gedruk of getik is, nou herdruk gaan word in ‘n genommerde reeks onder die banier van GGSA. 
Dennis vertel dat baie geesdriftiges oor baie jare hulle eie registers en geskiedenisse opgestel het maar net beskikbaar gemaak is aan hulle eie familie of soms in baie klein oplae publiseer het. 
GGSA se plan is om hierdie dokumente, met toestemming, te herdruk in die oorspronklike formaat maar gebind in ‘n GGSA omslag en elk met ‘n unieke reeksnommer. Elke tak sal een kopie gratis ontvang.
Die volgende is die eerste 6 in die reeks – afskrifte kan by GGSA se boekwinkel aangekoop word – doen navraag deur e-pos te stuur aan Simon du Plooy by orders@genza.org.za
1 Die nageslag van Dirk Marx – FW Marx @ R 80
2 Byvoegsel tot Marx Nageslag – FW Marx @ R 120
3 Die voorsate en nasate van Andries Stephanus du Toit van Magatoshoek – IJ du Toit @ R 80
4 Die geskiedenis van die Wagners van Rondebosch – Adriana Barrett @ R 50
5 Ballot Familie in SA – FW Marx @ R 105
6 Goedgedach Heilbron se Du Plooy’s – PJ du Plooy @ R 65
Versendingskoste per “track-n-trace” fasiliteit beloop R 40 vir 1 of 2 boeke en R75 vir 3 tot 6 boeke – meer as 6 sal R 105 beloop.
Lede wat nog soortgelyk brondokumente en publikasies het kan gerus vir Dennis laat weet by krugersdorp@pixie.co.za – hy sal graag wil weet daarvan

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 http://www.genza.org.za. 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: http://www.eggsa.org/sales/eshop_e_dc_membership.htm 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 described above
Application/Aansoek (Scroll down on the page for the Afrikaans version)

Sources

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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