The Hartlam Fest

{module Hartlam}

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."

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Branch on the Move

{module Petro Besoek SK}

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.

{module Lina Yozo}

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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The Southern Cape Branch gets Going

{module SuidkaapStigterslede}

On Friday 24 August another milestone in the history of the GenealogicalSociety of South Africa was reached. 10 Enthusiastic volunteers met in George and after a briefing by Simon du Plooy, chairman of the North West Branch on what  it implies for the management to establish a branch the attendees unanimously decided to force ahead. The seeds for the establishment of the branch were sown by Alta Griffiths of the eGSSA at the Genealogical Workshop that took place at George during March 2012.
The Southern Cape Branch will serve George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and even as far afield as Stilbaai. The conducting of meetings and other logistical matters will still be decided upon.
At the newly established branch family research is already an ongoing activity. Research on surnames such as Stewart, de Swart, Evans, the Vissers of the Sandveld, Estherhuyze and Barkhuizen is in an advanced stage. The founders of the branch is active researchers and Wilkie Barkhuizen is a member of the Barkhuizen Family League.
The chairman of the branch is Wilkie Barkhuizen, the vice chairman is Abrie de Swart, the secretary Merene Lategan and the treasurer Daan Visser.

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