Durban & Coastal Branch

GSSA Helping_visitorsThe Durban and Coastal Branch presently has 37 members all enjoying doing research on their families. Some have made great progress and have even published the results of their research. Many are having fun doing voluntary work for the Society creating more and easily accessable research information.
They volunteer and help with -  the transcription of the RSA 1984 Voter's roll; - the photographing of gravestones; - the transcription of cemetery registers. Our Branch completed the Stellawood cemetery registers (114 000 entries) which is now available on CD.
Recently our members completed an index of all marriages registered in Natal from 1845 to 1955 (421 874 names) which will be available on the internet soon. We have monthly get togethers on the second Saturday of each month which are held at the Durban Family History Centre where we have access to the wealth of research information it houses.   We often invite speakers on related subjects to address us.  

Gravestones lead to Discoveries

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Viv Clarke writes
I have been researching my family tree for many years and have a branch that moved to South Africa from England in the 1920's.  I recently found your marvellous site with photographs of memorial stones, one of which was for a Benjamin George COYNE who died in 1984.  I feel that he could be a family link and his age, 66 years, fits with his birth here in 1917-18.
I was excited to find this and wonder if you have any other recorded information about this man please? For example, his full name, who recorded his death, where he  was born, etc. in fact, anything which may help to prove the link. Only yesterday I telephoned a Mr Coyne from the SA White Pages and he is related too!  He would be the nephew of Benjamin Coyne.  All of a sudden I am finding all sorts of information.  Thank you so much for your help, I am delighted to have some evidence and contact with my South African links.
I still wonder what Benjamin Coyne's link with the Hierons family would be - unless Robina Frances Coyne's maiden name was Hierons??  Maybe my contact with Benjamin's nephew will reveal more?

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