Located on the “West Rand”, the West Gauteng branch meetings are held at Jacaranda Retirement Village, 820 Hans Road, Honeydew and draws members from as far as the East Rand to the far West Rand but primarily from West Gaut Branch Logothe Roodepoort, Krugersdorp and Randburg areas – but all are welcome to join us. We meet every third Saturday of the month at 14h00 with the exception of the month of December when there is no meeting.
The branch has many experienced members who make themselves readily available to assist fellow members of all experience levels outside of meeting days. We are generally an e-mail or phone call away and draw on one another’s expertise to assist in resolving members unique research problems as they arise.
West Gauteng branch is the home of e-SAGI (formerly the Rinken-de Wet database) and you can be sure to get assistance from Lucas Rinken in exchange for some of your information! The database currently boasts in excess of 800 000 names, and is expanded daily. Other projects we are involved in are: the Family Bible Project (photographing family bibles with genealogical content), The Cemetery Recording Project (photographically recording headstones in cemeteries), the Funeral Leaflet Project (digitally recording information from funeral leaflets), to name but a few. Members are also involved in the transcription of the 1984 Census as well as Shipping Lists and numerous collaborations in tandem with their own research. We encourage members to be involved in all aspects of genealogical research, as participation has great spin-off for the Society and members alike.
The branch normally has a small but constantly growing library which is available to members on meeting days from 10am (and at other times by arrangement if necessary). With the recent move and the fact that a space for the library is not yet available, the collection of books is in storage until further notice. 
Members and visitors alike are encouraged to network over refreshments after the presentations at the meetings, to share experiences and learn more about this fascinating hobby/passion.Visit our Branch Blog at for more information about topics of previous meetings, branch activities. This blog is no longer updated as the branch decided not to duplicate information. All email messages should be addressed to a committee member in the contact us menu to the right from where they will be redirected to the responsible committee member for the necessary attention.

For those who prefer, our postal address is:
P.O. Box 584


Moeder – As ek My Seëninge Tel…. Deur Adri Johnson

tel ek ma sommer twee keer.
Haar nagedagtenis is soos ‘n kombuis waarin ek soms in stilte kan verdwaal en myself marineer met die geure. Dit is dan wanneer die vraagtekens van die lewe soos herfsblare verkleur en saggies loskom om vir vars lentebloeisel-idees plek te maak. Nogtans terwyl ek met ‘n knop in die keel my moeder se ou vergeelde, verweerde, handgeskrewe resepteboekie deurblaai, kry ek die geur van al die lekkernye wat sy met soveel liefde vir ons huisgesin voorberei het.

Ek heg vandag hierdie resep aan die “onthou jy” greep uit my lewe en hoop u probeer dit, dit is waarlik vingerlek lekker!
Moeder – As ek my seëninge tel, tel ek ma sommer twee keer.

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Sê In Die Ou Dae - Deur Kriek Fourie

My oupa se broer het in Krugersdorp gewoon en het n hele paar kinders gehad. Wanneer hulle kom kuier het wat die kar gepak van bagasie en familielede. Sy het altyd gesê: “Kom hulle hier aan met hul Parmakas volgelaai met hul Portmento`s.”
Sy het ook vertel dat die naam van Nieu-Bethesda onder die mense van Graaff-Reinet bekend gestaan het as Kapaais.
My ouma Lizzie Fourie (nee Basson) het die huise uitverhuur en teen die einde val elke maand het sy die huur gaan invorder en dan kwitansies uitgeskryf wat sy ʼn Voldaan genoem het.

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An Attempt to show Historically correct Place Names

When my database was donated to the West-Gauteng Branch of GSSA (The Genealogical Society of South Africa), it contained about 100,000 individuals and was known as the Rinken/de Wet Database. De Wet because it contained the de Wet file kindly sent to me by the late Tesselaar Bryan de Wet of Winnipeg, Canada. It now contains in excess of 900,000 individuals and has been put together from files submitted by many individuals. As the number of individuals contained grew and we started to sell same for Branch Funds, Dennis Pretorius suggested that the name be changed to e-SAGI (The South African Genealogical Index). Soon we were selling the CD all over the world and I knew that many users, particularly overseas, were not familiar with South African history and the changes this created in the Republics and Colonies which became Provinces of the Union, and later, Republic of South Africa.I then attempted to use place names pertaining to the historical timeframe involved. At first, this was just hit and miss as I thought was the case, but gradually I realised that more research was necessary in order to ensure that I was not misleading users.This is not easy as the sources consulted, do not always give specific dates and the history of the various areas are intertwined. The following is, thus what I have put together and I am, consequently, slowly converting the data accordingly.

An Attempt to show Historically correct Place Names

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Origen of The Family Name Jordan- By Jack Jordan

Life in general is full of surprises and genealogical research is no exception. As far as I was concerned, we have always been the Jordan’s of Irish ancestry. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is a Jordan Foundation and more so when I established that it was not always Jordan but originally Deardon.
The origin of the name Jordan as confirmed by THE JORDAN FAMILY FOUNDATION is as follows:
“Sir William Deardon, an English knight crusader in the 12th Century who, observed by King Richard the Lion-Hearted to best a Saracen in battle after being knocked off his horse, was dubbed by the king, “Sir Jordan”, after the Jordan River. Sir William subsequently requested it as a permanent name for himself, his descendants, and his home in England

For as far back as I have been able to trace and recall there is a proliferation of “Jack” as a nickname for the males baptised or christened “John”, myself included in the family. At one stage there was in the immediate family, Grandpa Jack, Big Jackie (me) and baby Jackie (nephew). I found this intriguing and asked my father (Grandpa Jack) the reason. He told me that that it was not only a family tradition but occurred worldwide, the reason being that the early Christian churches did not recognise “Jack” as a Christian name and would not baptise a child with that name. Consequently, certainly in our family, a child would be baptised with the good, solid Christian name, “John”. But upon leaving the church the child became Jack or Jackie and remained so for the rest of his life. Legally on paper John but known as and called Jack. You will often see references behind a name AKA (also known as) – In my case John Daniel Jordan, AKA Jack

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