PROJECT Cemetery Records - The Cemetery Index

The Cemetery Index is used to manage the recording effort and correlate data between the Gravestone Index and the Gravestone Photos. It contains three main areas:
  1. Cemetery names - including CemID, where we use the farm name / number as found on the 1:50 000 maps of South Africa. There can be more than one cemetery location on a farm (see 3.)
  2. Documents - including DocID, which track recorder and submitter names, dates entered, etc. There can be many documents for a single cemetery, due to revisions, updates, etc.
  3. Cemetery locations - including GPSID, which contain the GPS coordinates, links to eGSSA photo albums, etc., and provide data for the Google Earth Cemetery Initiative. There can be multiple cemetery locations on a farm.
The Index is run in an MSAccess database and extracts of useful data are published as Excel spreadsheets on this Genza page on a monthly basis. File last updated on 31 August 2023 with 8560 cemetery locations of which 6878 have GPS co-ordinates cemetery locations and 5997 links to eGSSA Albums.


  • Download the relevant file of the Cemetery Index by clicking on the spreadsheet name in the table below.
1.0 Cemetery Index list & eGSSA album reference  31 Aug 23
 A reference list of all cemetery locations to the eGSSA Gravestone Album, with links  IND01 - Cemetery Index (List & album reference) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Lys & album verwysing)
2.0 Cemetery Index data status  31 Aug 23 A listing of all cemetery locations, publication status, GPS coordinates etc in the Cemetery Index  IND02 - Cemetery Index (Data status) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Data-status)
3.0 Cemetery Index Recorders  31 Aug 23  A list of all Recorders who have contributed cemetery information  IND03 - Cemetery Index (Recorders) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Opnemers)
4.0 Cemetery Index monthly number of names added  31 Aug 23  Number of names added to the Gravestone Index  for the last month  IND04 - Cemetery Index (Names added) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Name bygevoeg)
5.0 Cemetery Index monthly documents added  31 Aug 23  Number of documents added to the Cemetery  Index in the last month  IND05 - Cemetery Index (Documents added) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Dokumente bygevoeg)
6.0 Cemetery Index data processing update
 31 Aug 23  Statistical information re progress and numbers for the various categories of documentation

 IND06 - Cemetery Index (Progress statistics) - Begraafplaas-indeks (Vorderingstatistiek)