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2018 Annual General Meeting of the GSSA - Report

REPORT OF THE 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE GSSA

The GGSA Annual General Meeting was presented this year at the Wilderness Hotel located on the Garden Route between George and Knysna. The hosts were the Southern Cape Branch of the GSA. From the outset, it became clear that this branch went out of their way to make the AGM a success. The chairman, Abri de Swardt and his team should be congratulated on this attempt.

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The AGM started exactly in time and after the welcome address by President, Simon du Plooy, the work started in earnest. The agenda was long but the issues were addressed as a matter of urgency.

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One of the challenges for the GGSA is to reverse the age profile of its members by recruiting younger people. Currently, the members are mainly older people. Each branch is to conduct research so as to address the situation at branch level.

The National Council decided that the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the 1820 Settlers be squarely placed on the shoulders of the branches and their members. In the run-up to the celebrations, it was decided to focus the archival tour of 2019 specifically on visits to various archives in the Eastern Cape. It is also planned to fill all the editions of the FAMILIA 2020 with articles about the 1820 Settlers. The Eastern Cape Branch will link with local authorities to participate in activities that take place in the Eastern Cape.

The Finance of the GGSA has been examined in detail and the treasurer has given a thorough account of the state of affairs. The statements will be audited before submission to the receiver of revenue.

One of the many highlights of the AGM was the presentation by Dennis Pretorius regarding the progress with the development of the GGSA Web Shop. In short, it is expected that data in future will be purchased from the 1984 Voters List, the E-SAGI Database and the Cemetery Recording Database. This report was received with appreciation and enthusiasm. Projects in the pipeline include the transcript of the 1972 voters list ('Project Roster'), making available information of the 'old' green ID card as well as a project to erect a wall of remembrance for those deceased whose graves are covered by the water of the Vaaldam.

At the Gala evening that took place on Saturday night, the guest speaker was the famous Gavin Cowley. Gavin decided to research the Cowley family several years ago. Like a seasoned genealogist, he made his aim to find detail on grass root levels. His ad lib presentation, was received with great appreciation.

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2018 Awards

AWARDS AT THE 2018 AGM AT GEORGE

As per custom, the work done by members of the GSSA and others in the field of genealogy was acknowledged at the Awards Ceremony during the 2018 Annual General meeting of the GSSA These awards are based on recommendation and thorough motivation by branches and individuals who are members of the Society..

THE GENEALOGIST OF THE YEAR

Gerard GeldenhuysThis award was earned by Prof Gerhard Geldenhuys. Gerhard Geldenhuys, Emeritus Professor in Applied Mathematics, University of Stellenbosch, has been a member of the Society and attached to the Western Cape Branch since 1976. Over the years, he served the branch in various capacities, including branch chairman in the early 1980s and as member (including convener) of the Capensis editorial committee from 1992 to date.
During this period, Gerhard made several exceptional contributions that made a noticeable difference in the field of South African genealogy, but it is especially his involvement in various studies on communicable diseases where he proves the role of genealogy as auxiliary science in medical research. In 2017 Gerhard is honoured by the SA Academy of Science and Art with the Huguenot Society and DF-du-Toit-Malherbe Prize for Genealogical Research. The importance of his research is evident from the recognition message of Prof PA Brink
Professor Gerhard Geldenhuys is honoured for the special role played by his genealogical research in the unravelling of the molecular causes of certain highly inherited cardiac muscle and movement diseases. Knowledge of the extent of the relationship between the caregivers has played a major role in finding causal genes and, where none was known, explaining the varying degrees of severity of the diseases due to other influences.

PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

For the genealogist the Barkhuizen Family Register offers comprehensive and unique research material which offers a fresh look at family research. This is not just a family register, but it's the way the author sets it up, toJohan Barkhuizen reproduce the history of the ancestor and his progeny and descendants. This is a version of history that not only broadens the knowledge about our country and people, but also the process of early settlement in the country. The Barkhuizen Family Register is a genealogical work that is a scientific testimonial of outstanding research over a period of 40 years.       
The Barkhuizen Family Register is certainly one of the most outstanding genealogical publications that have been published and with this publication, the author managed to broaden and enrich the standard and field of genealogical research. Johan Barkhuizen is surely a worthy recipient of this award.

 THE GOLDEN  BANNER AWARD

The Golden Banner Award is awarded by the President of the Society to individuals who provide special service to the Society and its members. This award is made for special contributions that are of great value to the genealogical community. This award has this year been given to Rita Quebbemann, Hester Marx, Matthew Bode and Margaret Gundry. The President of the GSSA's Gold Banner Award awarded to Rita Quebbemann and Hester Marx for their continued contribution to the GSSA's members with the search and listing of relevant genealogical information from newspapers. Congratulations and a big thank you for this ongoing effort. Matthew Bode is a young man who enjoys helping people with genealogical research in South Africa and abroad. He has a YouTube channel where he regularly uploads new videos with explanations of how to locate South African records on familysearch.org. Margaret Gundry received the award for her absolute dedication in sustaining the wellbeing of the Johannesburg Branch editor of the branch newsletter and her ongoing research of St Helena and its people.

 Matthew Bode Red Margaret Gundry   Hester Marx Red   Rita Quebbeman

                       From left to right: Matthew Bode, Margaret Gundry, Hester Marx and Rita Quebbemann               

 THE EXTRA MILE Award       

 This award is made by the President of the GGSA to members of the Society for diligent work to make available genealogical data to the family research community. The extra mile awards this year go to three members, Willieta de Swardt of the Southern Cape Branch for her ongoing research on the De Swardt family during more than thirty years. Maureen Schnittker of the Durban and Coastal Branch for the photography of the Stellawood Cemetery in Durban and Alta le Roux also from the Southern Cape Branch for the work to record the church registers in the Southern Cape.

Sam BaschBEST ARTICLE IN FAMILIA 2017

The award was initiated by the Northern Transvaal Branch of the GSSA. They appoint a panel of three adjudicators for this purpose. The judges were unanimous in their decision. This award goes to Sam J Basch for his article “Of Mine and Mines – A Brief Look at Descendants of Alexander Basch in South Africa.” The article appeared in FAMILIA Volume 54 – 2017  Nommer / Number 1  

 

 

 

 

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2018 Algemene Jaarvergadering

Die Algemene Jaarvergadering van die GGSA was vanjaar aangebied by die Wilderness Hotel geleë op die Tuinroete tussen George en Knysna. Die gashere was die Suid-Kaap Tak van die GGSA.      Uit die staanspoor het dit duidelik geword dat dié tak uit hul pad gegaan het om die AJV ʼn sukses te maak. Die voorsitter, Abri de Swardt en sy span moet geluk gewens word met hierdie poging.

Die AJV het presies betyds begin en na die welkomwoord deur die president, Simon du Plooy, het die werk in alle erns begin. Die agenda was lywig en die sake is met groot erns aangepak.

Een van die uitdagings vir die GGSA is om die ouderdom profiel van sy  lede om te keer deur jonger mense te werf. Tans is die lede hoofsaaklik ouer mense. Elke tak gaan navorsing doen om die situasie op takvlak aan te spreek.

Die Nasionale Raad het die viering van die 200-jaar herdenking van die 1820 Setlaars vierkant op die skouers van die takke en hul lede te plaas.  In aanloop tot die vieringe is besluit om ʼn argieftoer van 2019 spesifiek te rig op besoeke van verskeie argiewe in die Oos-Kaap. Dit word ook be-oog om al die uitgawes van die FAMILIA in 2020 te vul met artikels oor die 1820 Setlaars. Die Oos-Kaap Tak sal met plaaslike instansies skakel om deelname aan aktiwiteite wat in die Oos-Kaap te evorder.

Die Finansies  van die GGSA is onder die loep geneem en die tesourier het deeglik rekenskap van die stand van sake gegee. Die state sal ouditeer word alvorens dit na die ontvanger ingedien word.

Een van die vele hoogtepunte van die AJV is die voorligting wat Dennis Pretorius oor die stand van sake met die ontwikkeling van die GGSA se Webwinkel aangebied het. Kortom kom dit daarop neer dat in die afsienbare toekoms data aangekoop word vanuit dei 1984 Kieserslys, die E-SAGI Databasis en die  Begraafplaas Databasis wat bykans ʼn miljoen name bevat.

By die Gala-aand wat Saterdagaand plaasgevind het was die gasspreker die bekende Gavin Cowley. Gavin het etlike jare gelede besluit om die Cowley familie na te vors. Soos ʼn gesoute genealoog het hy tot op die been gekerf om besonderhede op te spoor. Sy voordrag, uit die vuis, is met groot waardering ontvang.

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Report

REPORT OF THE 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE GSSA

The GSSA Annual General Meeting was presented this year at the Wilderness Hotel located on the Garden Route between George and Knysna. The hosts were the Southern Cape Branch of the GSA. From the outset, it became clear that this branch went out of their way to make the AGM a success. The chairman, Abri de Swardt and his team should be congratulated on this attempt.

The AGM started exactly in time and after the welcome address by President, Simon du Plooy, the work started in earnest. The agenda was long but the issues were addressed as a matter of urgency.

One of the challenges for the GSSA is to reverse the age profile of its members by recruiting younger people. Currently, the members are mainly older people. Each branch is to conduct research so as to address the situation at branch level.

The National Council decided that the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the 1820 Settlers be squarely placed on the shoulders of the branches and their members. In the run-up to the celebrations, it was decided to focus the archival tour of 2019 specifically on visits to various archives in the Eastern Cape. It is also planned to fill all the editions of the FAMILIA 2020 with articles about the 1820 Settlers. The Eastern Cape Branch will link up with local authorities to participate in activities that take place in the Eastern Cape.

The finances of the GSSA have been examined in detail and the treasurer has give a thorough account of the state of affairs. The statements will be audited before sunmission to SARS

One of the many highlights of the AGM was the presentation by Dennis Pretorius regarding the progress on the development of the GSSA Web Shop. In short, it is expected that data in future will be purchased from the 1984 Voters List, the E-SAGI Database and the Cemetery Recording Database. This report was received with appreciation and enthusiasm.

More projects in the pipeline include the transcript of the 1972 voters list ('Project Renoster'), making available information of the 'old' green ID card as well as a project to erect a wall of remembrance for those deceased whose graves are covered by the water of the Vaaldam.

At the Gala evening that took place on Saturday night, the guest speaker was the wel known former rugby player and commentator, Gavin Cowley. Gavin decided to research the Cowley family several years ago. Like a seasoned genealogist, he made it his aim to find detail at grass root level. His ad lib presentation, was received with interst and applause

The attendants at the 2018 AGM Click on the image to enlarge

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2017 Annual General Meeting

Our host this year was the Eastern Cape Branch and we were all accommodated and made very welcome at the Victoria and Albert Guest House, conveniently situated minutes from the Airport. This historic building was reputedly once the hunting lodge of Lord Milner, Governor of the Cape Colony from 1897, and has been tastefully restored and provides accommodation and conference facilities.

The guest house was named after Queen Victoria and her second son, Prince Alfred, who visited the Cape Colony in 1860 as a sixteen year-old Royal Navy Midshipman in HMS Euryalus. This was the first-ever visit by a member of the Royal Family. On a sunny September 17, 1860 he tipped the first load of stone to start construction of the breakwater for Cape Town’s first harbour and then sailed on to Port Elizabeth where on the 6th  August 1860 he celebrated his 16th birthday among its citizens.

And did you know that when, in 1874, he married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia the London bakery Peak Freans made a small biscuit to commemorate the occasion and imprinted the Duchess’ name on it – Marie!

On the Friday evening about 20 of us joined Rose Trehaeven, a longstanding member of the Eastern Cape Branch, on a Ghost tour starting at the Port Elizabeth Club.

The Port Elizabeth Club was started in 1866 and was said to have been the best club in the Eastern Province. For many years, from 1866 until 1892, the original club was known as the Port Elizabeth Club and was the only such club in the city. In 1892 a second club, the St George’s Club was founded. The two clubs ran successfully for many years, but eventually, due to economic circumstances, it was decided for the two clubs to amalgamate. In 1998 the St George’s Club joined the Port Elizabeth Club and the new name for the club became the Port Elizabeth St George’s Club, generally known as “The Club”.  We walked the streets of Port Elizabeth for about two hours, listening to Rose’s fascinating tales of ghosts and apparitions. Some of the sightings have been quite recent. There were no appearsnces that Friday night though! 

All except one branch sent representatives and during registration we all got the chance to introduce ourselves to names we only knew on the computer and e-mails.

Then it was down to business. Thanks to the Internet meeting time has been cut considerably. Reports are circulated before hand and everyone is expected to have read them in advance.

Of interest will be Denis Pretorius’ report on the Webwinkel which is coming closer to reality. The success of the project depends on members being able to buy credits on line and this is where we had our first stumbling block. No one could agree on a new method of payment for our subscriptions which would make it possible to buy those credits and then have access to the web site immediately. Eventually it was agreed that a committee of four would come up with a solution and report back at the next meeting. The matter has to be resolved before we can open the web shop.

Another project in the not too distant future is the matter of Familia in 2020. That being the year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the1820 settlers. We would like to have special “1820” editions of Familia throughout that year and we are asking branches to ask members to start on articles and liaise with the editor of Familia or the NEC as to the subject matter. The reason being we don’t want duplications.

Simon du Plooy (President), Ferdie van Wyk (Vice–President) and Gerrit Muller and Margaret Gundry were re-elected. Cathy Potgieter volunteered to take on the position of Secretary. The position of Treasurer was not filled but Banie Engelbrecht will carry on, assisted by Gerrit Muller, until a replacement is found.

We are again without an editor for Familia but the NEC commited themselves to make sure that Volume 54 Number 1 2017 will be issued in the very near future.

The Gala dinner was a very successful affair. I don’t think the talking stopped, even when the food was served! From the noise level I would say everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The speaker, Professor Otto Terblanche gave an overview of the Kohler and Hendrickse families of Port Elizabeth and their role in the development f Port Elizabeth.

The annual awards were presented by GSSA President Simon du Plooy.  Fellow (Richard Ball) and Genealogist of the Year (Sue Mackay) were both awarded to overseas members. These awards were accepted on their behalf by the Chairman of eGSSA, Alta Griffiths. Publication of the Year was awarded to Nicol Stassen for his book on The Dorslandtrek 1874 – 1881 and his trophy was accepted by Otto Diederichs of Northern Transvaal Branch on his behalf. It will be presented to Nicol at their next meeting. Golden Banner certificates were awarded to Dirk van Heerden and Linda Farrel while the President’s Extra Mile Award certificates were presented to Cheryl Vermaak, Peter Gouws, Max White, Abrie de Swardt and The South East Wits Family History Society.

Five, ten and fifteen year membership awards, as well as long service awards were also given to the Chairmen of GSSA and Vaal triangle to be handed out to their members.

Our sincere thanks to the members of the Eastern Cape Branch for hosting the AGM 2017. It will be a hard act to follow next year in George.

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