These are the current projects being organised by the GSSA and its branches.
The digitization of the Index to the Cape Master's Office Estate files was a project undertaken by the GSSA a number of years ago, under the leadership of Albert Semmelink.
The searchable database will appear on this website soon.
Welcome to another joint project of GSSA in collaboration with SAGenealogie Gespreksgroep (SAGen). The Collection of Church Photographs, previously hosted on FOTKI, has been transferred to the new GSSA website and will be built up as a joint collection of both organisations.
With this project we not only strive to preserve part of our cultural heritage, but also part of our architectural heritage and it's development over time. The more information we can amass in relation to each church or place of worship, the more valuable a source of reference this webpage can become.
The photographs have all been indexed and arranged alphabetically within provinces according to city/suburb/town/village, congregation/parish and denomination. This makes it easier for the researcher to locate the data. Churches are fully searchable using the Search Engine.
CODE OF CONDUCT
If you submit a photograph or information about a church or place of worship, obtained from another source like a book or website, please make sure to supply the name of such source(s).
Welcome to the Collection of Funeral Programs!
In loving memory this collection / album is dedicated as a tribute to Family and Friends who made a difference to us.
Funeral Programs is a joint project of GGSA and SAGenealogie Gespreksgroep (SAGen) with GSSA acting as host for the Collection of Funeral Programs on the GSSA website.
The collection of Funeral Programs was originally started in 2005 by SAGen. The owners of SAGen, kindly gave us permission to transfer the Funeral Programs to GSSA.
CODE OF CONDUCT
When Funeral Programs are submitted to GSSA for publication, GSSA automatically assumes that the contributor has obtained the necessary permission / consent from the family concerned.
GSSA does not accept any responsibility to obtain permission / consent from families concerned before publishing Funeral Programs submitted by individual contributors.
An embargo is placed on publishing any Funeral Programs within one year of Date of Death. In the meantime, please submit Funeral Programs for which permission was granted / obtained to:
These will be processed but will only be available to the public after one year from Date of Death.
WHY FUNERAL PROGRAMS?
The obituary funeral program is vitally important as it contains real world data that can be used for genealogical and historical purposes.
The collection provides extensive genealogical information about the deceased, including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives, past residences, and place of burial. Alongside this genealogical information, the obituaries provide a rich source of local history.
The Funeral Programs have all been indexed and arranged alphabetically, which makes it easier for the researcher to locate the data. The data is also fully searchable on the Search Engine.
Should you have more Funeral Programs to contribute, or if you want to assist with the labelling process, please contact the project co-ordinator.
Wilma Jansen van Vuuren
When our volunteers were recording cemetery information they often noted the "GPS" coordinates of the cemetery, in the early days by using the 1:50000 map series and then, more recently, by hand held GPS. Thus the Cemetery Recording Project built up a database of cemetery location information. The development of free internet based mapping systems such as Google Earth™ provides a useful platform for visual display of coordinate information, and adds to the range of research services available for genealogists.
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We serve a community of dedicated amateur family researchers. No one that has not yet started with genealogical research can imagine the passion, the determination and the great exultation that the genealogist experience when achieving a breakthrough and a final link is made to complete a family line. It is an experience of a lifetime.
But for us it is more than just a family register. The family register can be augmented with the family- and cultural history of the time. Actual experiences of family groups especiually in remote areas could be an indication of political, religious and cultural values of that time. This may be completely lost to later generations if not recorded in the family register.
The advantages of joining the GSSA are numerous. One becomes part of a family of like minded researchers with vast experience and one can interact with them on a personal level. You know that you can call on the help of people that is supportive and accomodating. One gains acess to research and educational resources and remain up to date with developments in the world of genealogy. You get the opportunity to go on outings to sites of genealogical significance and listen to experts in the research field. Perks include discount on genealogy books, dvd's and cd's.
We would like to welcome you to our home.
The newly establishe Southern Cape Branch
The Eastern Cape Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa officially joined the fold during 1982. The first general meeting of the Branch at which minutes were taken was on 13 January 1982. The East Cape Branch of the GSSA is located in Port Elizabeth. The branch serves the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas.
Port Elizabeth has a history going back many years before the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers.
In 1799 a fort was built by the British and soldiers garrisoned there for the protection of Algoa Bay from attack from the sea. Even before that Frederick Korsten lived on his beautiful manorial estate which was a haven to all weary travellers. The committee for 2014 was elected during the March 2014 meeting and can be seen here.
Our meetings are open to the public and are conducted every third Monday of the month in the Lolly Shtein Hall at the Laubscher Park West Retirement Complex in Villiers Road, Greenshields Park. Meetings start at 19h30. A variety of speakers address the meetings on a wide range of the aspects of life surrounding our families and the era in which they lived and also on specific surnames.
East Cape Branch publishes a quarterly journal called "Chronicles." Should one wish to contact the Branch per snail mail, the postal address of the branch is P.O.Box 1183, Port Elizabeth 6000.
The Natal Midlands Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa is based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwa Zulu Natal and the location of the Pietermaritzburg Archives.
The branch is currently under the curatorship of the KwaZulu-Natal Family History Society (KZNFHS).
KZNFHS/GSSA meets on third Wednesday of every month (except third Wednesday of December and the first Wednesday of January) at 5:30pm for 6:00pm, at the Church of the Nazarene, 383 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. Extensive research sources are available to researchers at all meetings and monthly speaker evenings are held where topics range from pure genealogy to local history on the third Wednesday of the month.
Members have a wide range of genealogical interest of settlers to Natal including those from St Helena and from India.
We are fortunate to have members who are specialists in their respective fields, such as Shelagh Spencer on early British settlers, Dr. Krish Moodley on Indian settlers, Dr Mike O’Connor on Irish ancestry, to name a few.
The Chairman is willing to open the library at other times on request.
A Trubute to Val Ward
Died on Thursday 10th March 2016. She’d been suffering from cancer which was diagnosed late in August last year. Val became a member of The Natal Inland branch of The Family History Society in 2005 and this year was made an honorary member.
Val was born in Durban and schooled there, lived in Hong Kong and England and as an archaeologist, in and out of the field, was extremely well travelled. She returned to South AFRICA in 1980 when she was offered a position at the Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg. She was involved with an extraordinary amount of research and the management of collections during those years and even after her retirement in 1998.
Even now she has an article in production, which her co-author Justine Wintjes will take through to publication this year. Val’s other published work starts with a 1979 book titled ‘Stone Adzes of Hong Kong’ (She lived there for 5 years in the 1970’s) . Through the next 30 years she wrote articles covering Rock-Art, Stone Age and historical material related to Kwa Zulu Natal.
Val was a life member of the South African Archaeological Society and served many years on the Natal branch committee. In 1999 the Society awarded Val its President’s award, given for exceptional service to archaeology. In her retirement she was contracted to capture the Museums entire site-record database of some 6000 sites in KwaZulu-Natal, in electronic format. The data base is now available on the national SAHRIS heritage system and is just one example of Val’s remarkable contribution to our knowledge of the South African past.
After she retired in 1998 she began an intensive sixteen years of genealogical research, making eight trips to England to do further research. In 2014 she completed MY ROOTS in six volumes, detailing her ancestors.
We have been given a copy of her comprehensive ‘Autobiography’ which was recently printed and some members will know about the enormous amount of Genealogical research she had completed, not only about her own family, but for many other people.
Over the years Val was regularly asked to give talks to our Society on some aspect of her genealogical research and the ones based on her trips overseas and visits to the Kew Archive in London were really special. I remember the fascinating talk she gave about Stone-Age sites around our City. She was always very willing to help other researchers and was a regular at our Archive events.
Val kindly donated a large number of books and her personal research material to The Family History Society which will be of enormous benefit to our members.
She will be sadly missed.
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The branch is located in Bloemfontein, the City of Roses in an environment that is conducive to genealogical research. Numerous historical buildings create an atmosphere where the family historian can drown himself in historical documents of inter alia, the Anglo Boer War Museum. In 2010 an Agreement of Cooperation, whereby the GSSA represented by the Free State and the Museum would render support to each other, with various projects, was signed. This led to records such as the Cape and Natal Prisoners of War name lists, the call up lists of burgers for commando service, the names of all the Free State burgers being taken prisoner and sent to numerous off shore POW camps, etc. became available.
The branch meets every second Monday of each month at the Anglo Boer War Museum where topics of genalogical relevance are presented.
The branch is proud of the publications of members and former members of the branch. Some examples include: The Malan’s of South Africa by Hecules Malan
1998/9; The Jordaan’s in South Africa by M. J.S Jordaan; The Van den(r) Berg from the Cape to Witkraal, Petrusburg, by J.J. Pottas 2005 and more.
The branch members are ready to support newcomers and provide guidance to members that may struggle with particular research problems. Interested members of the public are welcome to join GSSA and can get in touch with the branch secretary. Details can be found in the team members section on this page.
The Vaal Triangle Branch meets at the Sylviavale Heritage Museum, 14 Vaal Drive, Sylviavale Agricultural Holdings, Vanderbijlpark. We serve the Meyerton, Sasolburg, Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging areas, but members from as far away as Heilbron and Alberton also attend. Anyone who would like to attend our meetings is most welcome. Each December we have our year end function and in January we start the new year with our AGM.
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month and start at 14h00, ending around 17h00 with refreshments and informal discussions during which members catch up and share their knowledge.
Our annual programme is divided into quarters. During each quarter we present a training session, invite a guest speaker and arrange an educational outing. The line-up can be found on our events page. Do join the fun and learn from members who have years of experience, which they are eager to share. Our aim is to inspire and support each other and to keep up to date with all the latest technology available to genealogists.
We have a very useful collection of research material in our library cupboard and members may borrow any of the books or CDs.
For further information, contact the Chairperson - See ‘Contact us’ on the right hand side of this page for details.
The Johannesburg Branch of the GSSA serves genealogists in the immediate Johannesburg area. The Branch holds meetings on the 3rd Saturday of every month except December.
Place: Currently our venue is being negotiated so please contact one of our committee (see below Information) to confirm where the next meeting will be held.
Time and Format: Monthly meetings generally start at 12.00 noon with a research period followed by the main meeting at 14:30.
Research facilities include
Welcome to eGGSA - the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. 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 historian.
Welcome to the Western Cape Branch of the Genealogicial Society of South Africa
On June 4, 1986, the Western Cape established their own branch of the Society .Dave Mitchell was the first chairman. The branch serves the Peninsula, West Coast, Boland and Overberg. Membership however is not limited to these areas.
The Western Cape branch is a genealogically active group and meet every second Saturday of the month at SASNEV (Suid-Afrikaanse Sentrum vir Nederland en Vlaandere), 4 Central Square, Pinelands, Cape Town. Meetings usually involves a speaker on a topic of interest and then socializing afterwards. Sometimes trips to historic sites are also undertaken. The branch also has a branch library that may be consulted by the members that is also accomodated at SASNEV.
The branch publish the quarterly, Capensis, distribute a quarterly newsletter, has a Facebook page and several interesting activities are undertaken, eg the Cemetery project, workshops and exhibitions by exhibition team. These activities have won some of the branch members numerous awards.
Good cooperation also exists among others with, The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA); Huguenot Association of South Africa (HASA); the Drakenstein Heemkring; the Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Tygerberg Museum, the Cape Town Family History Society and Cape Town Family Research Forum.
Postal address: P.O. Box 4674, Tyger Valley, 7536
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 the 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 http://westgssa.blogspot.co.za/ 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
This section for Branch pages in addition to the main Branch blog page.
Noordwes se maandbyeenkomste vir 2013
Die reeks artikels wat in die Potchefstroom Herald gepubliseer word om familienavorsing wyer bekend te stel. Dit is 'n projek van GGSA Noord-Wes
Foto's van Die Bybels in Museum Afrika soos afgeneem deur Neels Coertze
Onder hierdie afdeling verskyn 'n aantal stories wat taklede oor hulself en oor hul navorsing geskryf het.
Die stories word gepubliseer in die taal soos aangebied en ons vertrou dat u dit interessant sal vind.
This section contains a number of stories written by branch members about themselves and their research.
The stories are published in the language as presented and we trust you will find them interesting.
Reports on activities of the branch
The story of the Eastern Cape Branch's cemetery project
Interesting stories for the East Cape
Th history of the Johannesburg Branch
Genealogy Stories from the Northwest Branch
Extra items for particular Project pages - each will have a category.
Name the category whatever you want but start with the project idendifier, eg:
Artikels wat in die Latest News module op die welkom bladsy gaan verskyn
Noord-Transvaal Tak se Jeugaksie saam met die Rietvlei Voortrekkerkommando
Tydens die Mei byeenkoms van die GGSA N-Tvl Tak is daar tyd ingeruim om lede van die Rietvlei Voortrekkerkommando onder leiding van Nico Louw, touwys te maak met familienavorsing. ŉ Wye reeks onderwerpe is kortliks bespreek en daarna is hulle na die biblioteek by die Erfenisstigting geneem.
Hier het hulle kennis gemaak met die bronne wat gebruik word vir genealogiese navorsing en hoe die rekenaar as hulpmiddel ingespan kan word. Die gebruik van die SAG en SAF Volumes is gedemonstreer asook verskeie ander familieregisters is aan die jongelinge beskikbaar gestel
By die Tak se byeenkoms op 4 Augustus het twee van die Voortrekkers kom vertel hoe hulle weggeval het met familienavorsing. Christo Louw en Nel Nieuwoudt het hul ervarings tydens hul navorsing met die lede van die van die Tak gedeel.
Luister na die klanksnitte van Christo en Nel deur op die skakels hieronder te klik.