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Meeting 23 November 2015

Petro Coreejes-Brink regales GSSA at year-end breakfast.
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She discussed the role of the society in motivating members to do research on their family history as well as ways to pick up the missing links.
The year-end breakfast of the Genealogy Society of South Africa (GSSA) Southern Cape branch, with national president Petro Coreesies-Brink as guest speaker was a wonderful and successful family affair on Monday moming at Kwagga Cuisine. Petro discussed the role of the GSSA in the family history of South Africa and showed in her excellent presentation, various ways to find and trace your family's history.

Petro discussed the role of the

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GSSA in the family history of South Africa and showed in her excellent presentation, various ways to find and trace your family's history asy as well as ways to pick up the missing links. She also highlighted various projects and products of the GSSA, and demonstrated various ways in which the 13 branches of the society over South Africa assist members to do research. The Southern Cape branch of the GSSA will have its 2016 annual general meeting on 20 January 2016 at Pine Lodge in George at 12:30, with a lunch. Members will be informed and can e-mail the secretary, Mandy Jansen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information, or to join the society.
Article by courtesy of the George Herald 26 November 2015. http://www.georgeherald.com/

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Suid-Kaap vier Genealogie 50

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Abrie de Swardt.
Klik op die foto om te vergroot-Foto geplaas met erkenning aan die Eden Express van George. Die 50ste verjaarsdag van die Genealogiese Genootskap van Suid-Afrika (GGSA) is op Woensdag 18 Junie 2014 behoorlik gevier deur die Suid-Kaapse tak in ‘n feestelike middagete en viering by die Coffee and More Koffiehuis opGeorge.
Tydens die feestelike vrolikheid tussen 1200 en 1400 is ‘n terugblik gelewer oor die eerste dekades van die werk van die Genealogiese Genootskap, deur een van sy eerste nasionale sekretarisse, Alex Smith, wat hom in die afgelope paar maande op George kom vestig het. Smith het as gasspreker opgetree, en het vertel van die vroeë dae en die betrokkenheid van die bekende dr Cor Pama, skrywer van die “Groot Afrikaanse Familienaamboek” en ander stigterslede van die GGSA. Hy het ook uitgebrei oor die interessante eerste dae van ‘Familia”, en hoe die tydskrif bekend gestel en versprei is. Verder het Alex oor sy eie familiegeskiedenis vertel, en van sy Sweedse oupa wat vir hom na die Eerste Wêreldoorlog in Suid-Afrika ‘n tweede vrou kom vat het. Na drie dekades van navorsing oor sy Sweedse familie het hy vyftien jaar gelede op sy oupa se spoor en foto, wat hy aan almal gewys het, afgekom. Alex Smith het reeds verskeie skenkings aan die Suid-Kaapse tak vir ons eie biblioteek gelewer, wat baie uitgawes van Familia en ander tydskrifte oor genealogie insluit.
Met die hulp van Wilkie Barkhuizen (onder-voorsitter Suid-Kaap GGSA), en Chris Hattingh, entoesiastiese koster van die historiese meer as 200jarige NG Moederkerk op George, is daar vanaf 1200-1215 ‘n klokkespel uit die toring van die kerkgebou gewees om die vyftig jaar van genealogie luisterryk te vier. Terwyl die kerkklokke oor George gebeier het, het 32 aansittende entoesiastiese Suid-Kaapse taklede en vriende op voorstel van Abrie de Swardt, voorsitter Suid-Kaap se tak, GGSA, ’n glasie sjampanje gedrink en geskink op die vyftig jaar van familiegeskiedenis binne die GGSA. Daar was baie vrolikheid en saampraat, met pragtige gedekte tafels onder leiding van die Suid-Kaapse tak se voorslag sekretaresse, Mandy Jansen.
Met heerlike kos opgedis deur Coffee and More, kon lede vir twee ure met baie opwinding saamgesels, en is verskeie moontlikhede bespreek hoe die Suid-Kaapse tak sy wortels verder oor verskeie dorpe van die Suid-Kaap kan uitbrei. Op 20 Augustus word ‘n gesellige vergadering in die Dias Museum op Mosselbaai beplan van 1400-1600, wat ten doel sal hê om ledewerwing met aktiwiteite van Mosselbaai tot Stilbaai te doen. Die bestuur beplan om in noue samewerking met die museums, en ander naby belangstellende organisasies, soos die Outeniqua Historiese Vereniging verdere bouwerk aan familiegeskiedenis onder Suid-Kapenaars te verrig.

Bestuur 2014

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Die Suid-Kaap Tak het tydens sy April Bestuursvergadering by die George Museum‘n baie groot bronne skenking ontvang. Die materiaal sluit in boeke oor families, Famileas en internasionalebronne oor familiegeskiedenis, wat baie vir navorsingsdoeleindes gebruik kan word. Die skenkings is gedoen deur Alex Smith, voormalige nasionale sekretaris van die GGSA, wat hom pas op George kom vestig het en ook ons nuutste lid is, en Lynn Thompson, bekende argivaris en lid van die Outeniqua Historiese Vereniging. Op die foto  is die Suid-Kaap Tak se bestuur saam met die skenkers. Voor vlnr is: Patric Cuthbert (tes.), Mandy Jansen (sekr.), Abrie de Swardt (voors.). Agter vlnr is: Estelle Melville (Bibliotekaris), Alex Smith (skenker), Lynn Thompson (skenker) en Wilkie Barkhuysen (o/voors).
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The Hartlam Fest

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The eGSSA and the Southern Cape Branch participated in the Hartlam festivities at Hartenbos. The Western Cape Branch was present in spirit but not in body by lending us their genealogical banner.
This was a wonderful experience for the Southern Cape Branch since it was our first experience with an exhibition. All this can be attributed to Alta and her fellow members of the eGSSA from Port Elizabeth, Stilbaai and Cape Town who have shown us how to pep up the occasion by displaying enthusiasm and exhibiting some genealogical sources.
The exhibition created a great deal of interest resulting in the Southern Cape Branch membership increased by new and enthiusiastic members.
 "We are raring to go for next year's Hartlam Festivities."

Branch on the Move

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Petrobesoek

Petro Coreejes-Brink, the president of the GSSA visited the Southern Cape Branch in George on 10 Sep 2012.  She was received by the committee at the local museum that will serve as the branch's headquarters. The George museum made the committee room of the library available that will serve as the meeting venue for the branch. Me Linda Yoso is the manager of the George Museum and has a soft spot for the branch and its members and will assist where possible.

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Petro gave a brief talk about the GSSA, its goals and objectives. She presented the branch with some of the GSSA's products to enable the branch to start their own library.
The establishment of the Southern Cape branch of the GSSA received wide coverage in the local media. Two articles appeared in the Eden Express, one factual about the GSSA by Denise Lloyd and the other in the form of a letter from the editor, Mandi Botha relating her experience when visiting an old family farm. The establishment of the branch created a lot of interest amongst the local community and thus it came about that an article appeared in the George Herald  "The Grosvenor is still remembered"
The Southern Cape Branch appreciates all the publicity they received and is raring to go.

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