Become a member of the GSSA

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The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) that was established in 1964 has twelve branches of which eleven are land based and one which is an electronic branch catering for members worldwide, via the internet. Each branch arranges its own activities and meets all year round apart from December and January. More information can be gleaned by visiting the branch pages of Members  become close friends and are more than happy to assist newcomers with their research. Many a dead end has been resolved by discussing the issue with a fellow genealogist.
We promote and facilitate:-
Interest & research in Genealogy and Family history to present members, to the genealogical hobbyist & to all members of the public who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history.
We promote general understanding of Genealogy and its value
We provide:
- A wide range of educational courses
- Each branch has a unique library
- A vast list of product for sale
- Research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members
- We encourage and develop links with Family History Societies & the National Archives
Each branch arranges it’s own program for the year and often includes:
Guest Speakers - Outings to history societies i.e. Family Search & the National Archives
Training on the various platforms - Even assisting in product development
We look forward to welcoming you to our family. Join today and discover your past!
Membership fees for the Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) are laid out as follows:
Membership fees mean you belong to the GSSA National AND a home branch and you receive the quarterly publication Familia depending on your option choice:
Option 1 - Familia in electronic format only Fee R240
Option 2 - Familia in Hard copy Fee R350 (RSA only)
Option 3 - Familia in Hard copy Fee R890 (Abroad)
These fees excludes the branch fees. When you decide to join you will be allocated to a particular branch e.g. Johannesburg Branch, Vaal Triangle Branch, Western Cape Branch, etc. There are 12 land based  branches and 1 Cyber branch called the eGSSA- this is a web based branch.
The various branches of the GSSA in some instances levy an additional mandatory fee for the newsletter of the branch, this differs from branch to branch.
Download a copy of the 2022 membership application form, all the relevant information you require is on this form.
There aretwo options to choose from should you wish to become a member of the GSSA
Download the relevant Application form above, decide on the branch that you would like to join and pay the applicable fees. Send your completed from  to the address on the form and you will be notified via email of your membership. 
eGSSA is the virtual or online branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, intended for those who are unable or do not wish to belong to one of the land based branches of the GSSA. In order to be a member of eGSSA it is necessary to join or already be a member of the former organisation. To learn more about joining the eGGSA visit their website by clicking here
Should you have any queries kindly contact us here .