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PROJECT South African Family (SAF) Registers

Project leader Hendrik Louwproject SAF
The Project is an initiative of the Genealogical Society of South Africa
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) initiated the development of the South African Genealogies (SAG). In 1997 the Genealogy division was closed and the body's family research function was taken over by the Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) that came into being and continued at Volume 3 and thus the A-Z surname index consists of 17 volumes.
GISA then decided to systematically update the volumes, starting with A, so it was decided that the newly updated SAG collection would henceforth be known as SAF, in order to distinguish the two. GISA completed A-L before it was closed down and bequeathed the bundle as a gift with copyright to the GSSA.
Although several registers M-Z have also been updated, the entire collection is now known as SAF and currently consists of about 14,000 Family registers, ± 1,100,000 names in register format, surnames alphabetically divided into 49 PDF sections, easy to look up.
This collection forms the basis of many researchers' work and is without doubt the South African archive of our South African Family Registers. In this way, South Africa thus preserves both its history and culture by constantly updating, adding to and verifying the registers for accuracy.
Updating the SAF registers with new information is a continuous process and the full-time responsibility of  five team members.
The SAF registers in product format and other related products.
You are welcome to contribute to the SAF registers - this facility is free and open to the public.  It may include:
  • Family research and family tree information in your possession (either your own or inherited information) that can be made available to the project for incorporation SAF registers.
For more information, please contact the project leader, Hendrik Louw, via  email
  • Buy the latest version of the SAF registers and related products, via the OnlineShop.
  • Order a part of the SAF registers (e.g. a specific surname), via email.
  • Submit family research and family tree for incorporation SAF registers (up to 10Mb via email).
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. information (via email) to make special arrangements (if larger than 10Mb).