The Genealogical Society of South Africa

Genealogy Beginner's Course: 25 May 2013

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The Genealogy Beginner's Course sponsored by the Northwest Branch on Saturday, 25 May 2013 at the Potchefstroom Museum, was well-attended and once more proved that the interest in family history and research is steadily growing.
The renowned Isabel Groesbeek of Isabel Groesbeek Genealogiese Dienste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) introduced 19 course attendants to the many facets of genealogical research. In two theoretical and one practical sessions of 2 hours each she focussed on the essence of genealogy; the reasons why this kind of research is done; the different kinds of research undertaken; the methodology behind it; sources of information as well as how the documentation of information is done. In her presentation, Isabel often referred to the service provided by the Genealogical Society. She encouraged everyone to join.
The Beginner's Course was mainly advertised through local and area-newspapers. This explains why a lot of those who were present came from Rustenburg, Schweizer-Reineke, Wolmaransstad, Klerksdorp, Stilfontein and Carletonville in order to attend the course in Potchefstroom. Suzette du Plessis, from Potchefstroom, sent the following SMS after completing the course:" Dankie vir die naweek se uitmuntende kursus. Ek het so baie geleer en alles was uit die boonste rakke. Van die dekor, verrassingspakket tot die heerlike ete en verversings." Everbody agreed that the course was really worth it’s while and that those who attended had more knowledge and confidence afterwards to proceed on their own with researching their ancestors.