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Welcome to eGGSA - the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. Founded in 2004, eGGSA is the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, and provides a virtual home for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

Completed - Cape Frontier Times 1840 to 1853 extracts

Sue Mackay has now completed her transcripts of extracts from the copies of the above newspaper preserved in the British National Archives at Kew - another mammoth transcription exercise completed by Sue!

Unfortuantely copies do not exist for years 1845 and 1846 in that repository but the rest 1840 to 1844 and 1847 to 1853 can be found in the Newspaper Collection along with the many other extracts from South African newspapers old and new done by many different volunteers and collected here by Sue.

New Freeburger lists added to web site

In the Netherlands National Archives (Nationaal Archief, Den Haag) is a class of records know as the Ingekomen Stukken from the Cape of Good Hope. Each year the administration at the Cape sent a bundle of letters and reports to the Central Administration in the Netherlands, presumably with the return fleet. Each of these bundles of documents was accompanied by an inventory of the documents included.

Corney Keller has copied and read through, in microfilm format, all the Inventories from 1655 to 1683. Many, if not most of these state that their bundles contain 'Lijste van alle de vrijeluijden ... ' but only two have been found to still contain their lists, that of 1672-73 and 1678-79. These two confirm that these are certainly what were transcribed as the VC Muster Rolls - since there are transcripts for many more years the originals seem to have disappeared from the Hague Archives in the meantime - at all events they are not to be found in the microfilmed versions.

In addition the 1681-82 bundle of documents contains a Vrijboek, list of Freeburgers and their financial transactions with the VOC, also now available on the web site - Den Haag Lists of Freeburgers.

New Bibles added

BiblePhotographs of 53 Bibles containing family information from the collection of the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg have been added to the Bible collection: Find them here. These were photographed and contributed by John Deare of the Natal Midland Branch of the GSSA.

All have been carefully captioned and indexed by Hobbie Stoffberg

Tulbagh deaths 1744 to 1775 transcribed

Tulbagh deathsMarcia Bezuidenhout from Australia is in the process of transcribing the list of Tulbagh district deaths included in the Tulbagh NGK church registers. These include deaths from 1744 to 1793 and then from 1816 to 1848. So far she has completed 1744 to 1775 and these have been added to the searchable database on the eGGSA web site: Burial, Cremation and Death Registers

Swartland (Malmesbury) baptisms 1745-1782 transcribed

VC666bapsLizette Svoboda from Thailand has transcribed the Swartland NGK baptismal register 1745-1782 and this data is now searchable via the eGGSA Baptisms database, joining the other church registers in the BDM databases: Cape Military Chaplain, 1795-1803, 1806-1817, 1824-1839; Cape Town, the English Church (from 1847 St George's Cathedral) 1811-1839; Barkly West, St Mary (Anglican) 1878-1910; Colesberg (NGK) 1827-1843: Grahamstown, Christchurch (Anglican) 1877-1910; Grahamstown, St Bartholomew (Anglican) 1859-1912; Grahamstown, St George (Anglican) 1823-1908: Potchefstroom, St Mary (Anglican) 1891-1910; Sidbury, St Peter (Anglican) 1841-1910; Stellenbosch (NGK) 1688-1732; Tulbagh (NGK) 1743-1800.

New Bibles added

Photographs of 64 Bibles from the Albany Museum which contain family information were photographed by Johan Hefer for eGGSA and 24 similar Bibles from the Potchefstroom Library collection, photographed by Dirk Bloem for the North West Branch, have been added to the Bible collection: Find them here

Half a million Gravestones on the web site!

Grafte Graaff-ReinetThe total number of gravestone pictures in the online Gravestones in South Africa collection has now reached 500 000 thanks to all those who have generously donated their time to the project.

Donations of appropriate photographs can be sent to Alta Griffiths at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.