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1st December 2011 - GSSA Voters Roll Project - Letter S complete

When the eGGSA branch first started on Project S (the transcription of the whole of the letter S in the 1984 South African Voters' Roll, 296 668 names and addresses) we were simply just going to type forever!!  You must know when the S's first arrived at my desk, I sommer put the computer off for 2 weeks, not knowing where to start. eGGSA's initial plans for handling the transcriptions were also put toOorspr Media bed and we had to come up with a new approach.  The simplest for us was to contact anybody with even the remotest interest in the S-surnames, family and friends were also not safe. 

The image shown here is what the transcribers have to contend with in completing the transcriptions.

The first of the S's were typed with the start of the Soccer World Cup in 2010.  In the first quarter of this year we set ourselves a deadline for completing Project S by the end of December 2011.  We typed right through the Rugby World Cup and today we won the S-CUP!!!  The transcription of the letter S is now complete - 31 days BEFORE the deadline!!

Thank you so much to everyone who put so many hours into the project.  We really appreciate your time, dedication, patience and friendship! I really enjoyed working with you guys!  A big thank you to the S-pensioners who have offered to continue transcribing other surnames. 

The Roll of Honour ( transcriber and number of names transcribed ):

Alet Swanepoel, 4200  
Alta Griffiths, 26504 
Amanda Stander, 4033 
Annette Goussard, 3801 
Carmen van de Riet, 3570 
Carol Beneke, 10542 
Celeste Rachman, 20055 
Dalina van Zyl, 4242 
Dan Strydom, 5271 
Deirdre Eygelaar, 7519 
Erna Buber-de Villiers, 715 
Fay Lea, 588 
Frans Rudolph, 28603

Gert Schepers, 106 
Glynis Millet-Clay, 1053 
Hannetjie Riekert, 76550 
Heleen Nel, 11602 
Hobbie Stoffberg, 4819 
Jacobus Swanepoel, 7119
Jacqui Foster, 273 
Judi Meyer, 5271 
Karn Kruger, 1764 
Kobus Snyman, 3507 
Lee Marais, 273 
Levien Smuts, 13399
Melanie Smit, 5271 

Minnie Pretorius, 2814 
Paul Bosman, 819 
Paxie Kelsey, 3261 
Richard Atkinson, 5271 
Richard Wolfaardt, 26355 
Straffen Short, 462 
Swannie Swanevelder, 1197 
Talita Lofty-Eaton, 1764 
Tanite Smart, 1029 
Tobie de Villiers, 421 
Wolfaardt familie, 2625 (Richard Wolfaardt,
Dalina van Zyl and Henry Wolfaard


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Berlin Cemetery Register discovered.

For some months now I have been nagging them at the Cambridge Cemetery Office for the Burial Register of the Berlin (Eastern Cape) Cemetery.

The lady at the Berlin Office. whom I know personally and who has lived in Berlin all her life, tells me that some years ago someone from the Town Office (Buffalo City) sent a courier out to collect the register, which now appeared to be lost?

Quite by chance, about three weeks ago, I mentioned this to a staff member who happened to be at the Cambridge Office. He told me he was sure he had seen the Register at the Mdantsane Office, just outside East London, and gave me the cellphone number of one of the supervisors whom he knew out there, I contacted the man and made arrangements for the register to be brought to the Cambridge Office.

Berlin is about 40 kilometres from East London. on the road to King William’s Town. It became part of East London in 1973, until which time it had its own Village Management Board. It was well populated with descendents of early German Settlers (hence the name).

There are very few descendants of the original German settlers now living permanently in Berlin but I am told that some of those who once lived there, when they pass on, are having their ashes, together with a Memorial Stone, placed on the grave of their parents.

I have now photographed and transcribed the register. The transcript can be searched on the eGGSA Burials page.

Brian Barrett

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10 October 2010 - South African Commercial Advertiser extracts complete to 1856

Sue Mackay's most recent transcripts from the South African Commercial Advertiser have joined the large collection of her transcribed extracts from a early Cape newspapers from the originals located in the British National Archives at Kew.

The extracts are mainly of items to do with individuals, such as births, marriage and death announcements, as well as other interesting snippets such as the reports of the Veldcornets in 1837 of the families leaving the Eastern Cape for the interior.

These transcripts are available in the eGGSA Library - Newspaper section where a search facility is available to search through all these newspaper extracts.

Our grateful thanks to Sue for the enormous amount of time and effort she has devoted and is still devoting to this very valuable project and for making it available to all.

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