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Founded in 2004, eGGSA is the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, and provides a virtual home for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family FBhistorian.

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Our Management Team


Some of our Projects

bible transcriptions  1820 settlers  newspaper extracts gravestone 1 postcard 
Family Bibles 1820 Settlers Newspaper extracts SA Gravestones

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More VOC Ships' Pay Ledger Accounts (soldijboeken)

Johan Diedericks has extracted from the data at National Archief at the Hague, 123 more of these VOC employees who settle at the Cape of Good Hope, and made them available onthe eGGSA web site. They have now joined those previously extracted by Lizette Svoboda, on the Stamouers.com section of our web site. Our thanks go to Johan and Lizette for making their hard work available. 

VOC (Dutch East India Company) Accounts from Ships' Pay Ledgers, 1662-1805, contain information about many of its employees who settled at the Cape. Below are a number of excerpts from the online links to the Nationaal Archief (The Hague, Netherlands) web sites gahetNA and VOC - Opvarenden which seem likely to refer to those settlers. If you have any to add, please copy to a Word document and email them to the Stamouers editor.

The Nationaal Archief is making a huge effort to digitize the complete collection of the VOC and they hope to have it completed by 2017.

As of May 2016 almost all the Zeeland accounts have been digitized and put online, a large number of the Amsterdam ledgers are currently being scanned and should be available at the end of May or early June; the next batch is already planned.

For an introduction to these Ships' Accounts (soldijboeken) please see Corney Kellers' explanation on the Rekeningen uit de Scheepssoldijboeken 1662-1805 page.

800 000 Gravestone photos on the eGSSA website!!

Congratulations to Riana le Roux and her team of volunteers for this outstanding achievement. It is the product of many years of hard work, patience and dedication.

A big thank you to all of you going out to the cemeteries to take the photos, to those of you doing all the uploads onto the website, indexing the photos and cemeteries, maintaining our website. The project is extremely valuable to us and we appreciate your contributions.

The project is growing so fast that we are looking forward to the next milestone.



VC666bapsLizette Svoboda from Thailand has transcribed the Swartland NGK baptismal register 1745-1782 and this data is now searchable via the eGGSA Baptisms database, joining the other church registers in the BDM databases: Cape Military Chaplain, 1795-1803, 1806-1817, 1824-1839; Cape Town, the English Church (from 1847 St George's Cathedral) 1811-1839; Barkly West, St Mary (Anglican) 1878-1910; Colesberg (NGK) 1827-1843: Grahamstown, Christchurch (Anglican) 1877-1910; Grahamstown, St Bartholomew (Anglican) 1859-1912; Grahamstown, St George (Anglican) 1823-1908: Potchefstroom, St Mary (Anglican) 1891-1910; Sidbury, St Peter (Anglican) 1841-1910; Stellenbosch (NGK) 1688-1732; Tulbagh (NGK) 1743-1800.

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VC666bapsLizette Svoboda van Thailand het die Swartland NGK doopregister 1745-1782 getranskribeer en hierdie data is nou by die eGGSA DTB data soekbaar, saam met die ander kerkregisters daar; Kaapse Militêre Kapelaan, 1795-1803, 1806-1817, 1824 - 1839, Kaapstad, die Engelse Kerk (vanaf 1847 St George-katedraal) 1811-1839, Barkly-Wes, St Mary (Anglikaanse) 1878-1910; Colesberg (NGK) 1827-1843: Grahamstown, Christchurch (Anglikaanse) 1877-1910; Grahamstown, St Bartholomew (Anglikaanse) 1859-1912, Grahamstad, St George (Anglikaanse) 1823-1908: Potchefstroom, St Mary (Anglikaanse) 1891-1910; Sidbury, St Peter (Anglikaanse) 1841-1910, Stellenbosch (NGK) 1688-1732 ; Tulbagh (NGK) 1743-1800.

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Photographs of 64 Bibles from the Albany Museum which contain family information were photographed by Johan Hefer for eGGSA and 24 similar Bibles from the Potchefstroom Library collection, photographed by Dirk Bloem for the North West Branch, have been added to the Bible collection: Find them here

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Foto's van 64 Bybels wat familie inligting bevat, by die Albany Museum deur Johan Hefer vir eGGSA afgeneem, en 24 soortgelyke Bybels in die Potchefstroom-biblioteek versameling, deur Dirk Bloem vir die Noord-Wes-tak afgeneem, is nou tot die Bybel versameling bygevoeg: Vind hulle hier

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Grafte Graaff-ReinetThe total number of gravestone pictures in the online Gravestones in South Africa collection has now reached 500 000 thanks to all those who have generously donated their time to the project.

Donations of appropriate photographs can be sent to Alta Griffiths at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Grafte Graaff-ReinetThe Die totale aantal grafsteenfoto's in ons Grafsteen fotoversameling is nou meer as 500 000. Dankie aan almal wat vrywillig hulle tyd aan die projek bestee.

Verdere donasies kan gestuur word aan Alta Griffiths by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Museum Day in South Africa was intended to draw attention to the plight of museums in the country and I was asked to take part in the Humansdorp Museum's Exhibition where I was able to promote eGSSA's Outreach Program.

Trudie Marais and I, together with our husbands Tinus and Ludwic, set off before sunrise to arrive at Jeffrey's Bay's Fountain Mall by 8 am to set up for the Exhibition. Before we were even finished setting up the first few eager seekers arrived. From there it became a never ending stream of people, surnames too many to remember. Some people did, however, stand out:

WILLIAMS - a young couple now living in Mexico. SCHARNIK - a wonderful gentleman desperate to find out all he can about his family. OLIVIER - we could help him with the help of one of the Jeffrey's Bay group who researches the OLIVIERs who had popped in to say hello. DEYSEL – (German descent) we referred the seeker to a gentleman at the Exhibition who had the Deysel book, so we had another satisfied member of the public. FOWLDS – Yvonne, looking for her parents COCKCROFT/FOWLES marriage. ARENDT - researching his German family, he spoke to Trudie MARAIS, the leader of the German Group in Port Elizabeth.

Best of all, and I forget the surname, was a woman who knew absolutely nothing about her father's family as he had grown up in an orphanage. She could give me his name and date of birth. We were very fortunate to find this family. Her father was one of 20 children, an absolute shock to her.

eGGSA also obtained permission to photograph an old HUMAN family register in the safekeeping of the Museum, as well as a number of family bibles. I will try to do this as soon as possible.

If you don't mind us bragging a little, it certainly seemed to us that the eGGSA stall received by far the most attention at the Exhibition. As a result, we had a busy day helping many people and set many on the correct path.

I believe that we are reaching people who did not know that help was available - the Outreach Program is working.

Carol Beneke

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