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January Newsletter
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Read a review of the book by Eviatar Zerubavel, Ancestors and Relatives - Genealogy, Identity and Community.

Margaret Gundry tells a fascinationg story about the search for the mother of a boy called George Smith who had no Birth Certificate. After a long and tedious search she found a an inscription in the 1911 Census in England. The mother was identified as Mathilda. Read this amazing success story.

March Newsletter
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In this Newsletter we find a report of a happy discovery in Portugal. Natalie da Silva's father in law hails form Portugal. He however ended up in the then Rhodesia where he married and raised four children of which Natalie's husband was one. The challenge was to trace the ancestors in Portugal. Read how she succeeded in the March edition of the newsletter.
Also read the fascinating story of the saving of The Resurrection, a fresco masterpiece by the Renaissance maestro Piero della Francesca, 500-year-old work of art during the battle for Sansepolcro in Italy in the article called " The man who saved the Resurrection" by Tim Butcher.

March Newsletter
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In this Newsletter we find a report of a happy discovery in Portugal. Natalie da Silva's father in law hails form Portugal. He however ended up in the then Rhodesia where he married and raised four children of which Natalie's husband was one. The challenge was to trace the ancestors in Portugal. Read how she succeeded in the March edition of the newsletter.
Also read the fascinating story of the saving of The Resurrection, a fresco masterpiece by the Renaissance maestro Piero della Francesca, 500-year-old work of art. durin the battle for Sansepolcro in Italy in the article called " The man who saved the Resurrection" by Tim Butcher.

Newsletter No 35 June 2012
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The letter by Robert Douglas Norman, a 28 year-old electrical engineer from Glasgow, was written at his sister's house in London where he was staying before setting sail on board the famous Titanic on 10 April 1912. Robert's letter was to become his last will and testament as he was to perish six days later when the liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912. When his estate was settled, the letter was authenticated and copied into the register of inventories in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The original was preserved in the Books of Council and Session, a legal register of the Court of Session. Read more about  one of those exciting discoveries we make in the archives, a link to a world famous though tragic event. One can also read about the progress that has been made with The Johannesburg Branch's Bible project

Newsletter N0 42 January 2013
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In this Newsletter a visit to the museum of the United Transport and Allied Union is described. In this museum memorablia dating back to 1904 is exhibited and brings back fond memories of the old railway days. A short description of a history book with a difference "The War Reporter"by J.H. Grobler with images and stories of the Anglo Boer War is provided.

Newsletter No 45 Aprl 2013
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This newsletter includes the good news that the photographing of Stellawood Cemetery is back on track.  We welcome 2 new little "buds" to two family trees. There's an article on how many words and expressions crept into our everyday language from WW1;  also a report on a wonderful talk given by Jayne Moir on the lonely Anglo-Boer War graves on St Helena  ... and more.

Newsletter No 46 May 2013
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" Mother's Day Falls in May - read about how and when it started. Florence Nightingale celebrated her birthday on the 12th May  read some snippets about her life and service to humanity. And the there is an ectract from the Bangkok Post - the last British POW to work on The Death Railway at The River Kwai dies."

Newsletter No 49 August 2013
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This edition is full of advice on how best to use Google in your research;  the 50 best solutions to breaking down "brick walls";  an article on Port Shepstone lighthouse.  Our trip down memory lane includes Addington Hospital and a "Welcome to Durban" pamphlet from WWll.

Newsletter No 50 September 2013
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Inhoud o.a die volgende:

Verlief oor die loop van ’n geweer;Adriaan Frans Roscher – Die grondlegger van Ventersdorp; En dan wonder ek: Waar is dié Ventersdorp; My “unexpected” connection to Klerksdorp; Plekname van weleer: Die verowerde gebied”; Restourasie van plaasbegraafplaas in die Oos-Kaap skep ’n eerbiedwaardige rusplaas; Martin en Linda Zöllner; Sosiaal; Riglyne vir publikasies; Agterblad: Tronk toe met ’n ompad.

Newsletter Number 51 Oct 2013
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Read about the Talbot family, who were ennobled in the 15th century as the Earls of Shrewsbury, owned most of Sheffield and rose to become one of England's most influential families under the Tudor dynasty.
The GALWAY CASTLE was built in 1911 by Harland & Wolff (think Titanic!) at Belfast. She had a short but exciting life! She was the last ship to be delivered before the company was taken over by Royal Mail. The following extract is from “Bird of Paradise” by Daphne Saul. Read the fascinating story of José who was a passenger on the Galway Castle. At 07.30 hrs on 12th September 1918 when two days out from Plymouth, she was torpedoed by U-82 and her back was broken. At the time she was carrying about 400 South African walking wounded, 346 passengers and 204 crew members.