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Newsletter no 67 April 2015
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A Grave story. This weekend we went to Machadodorp and armed with some co-ordinates from the Cemetery DVD we headed off to Carolina hoping to take photographs of some of the graves and memorials that had been transcribed but not photographed.This should have been a simple exercise and the first was a piece of cake - a Boer War memorial.There it was on the street corner, large as life.Then it was off to find the Volunteers War Memorial. But it was not where I expected it to be. Just a new shopping centre. Well we drove up and down Kerk Straat, now Church Street on the GPS, and never did find anything that could possibly be a memorial........... read more in the Newsletter.

Newsletter No 66 March 2015
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A Grave story. This weekend we went to Machadodorp and armed with some co-ordinates from the Cemetery DVD we headed off to Carolina hoping to take photographs of some of the graves and memorials that had been transcribed but not photographed.This should have been a simple exercise and the first was a piece of cake - a Boer War memorial.There it was on the street corner, large as life.Then it was off to find the Volunteers War Memorial. But it was not where I expected it to be. Just a new shopping centre. Well we drove up and down Kerk Straat, now Church Street on the GPS, and never did find anything that could possibly be a memorial........... read more in the Newsletter.

Newsletter No 73 October 2015
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Natalie has put together a collection of íïee sites to be found on the Internet. Can you addmore? This will be an open meeting and we would like members to participate - Tell us aboutyour favourite free sites. Read about the Clarendon High School for Girls, East London.

Newsletter No 74 November 2015
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“Henry Bowe’s widow and children stayed at the “Thatched Tavern” next to the old TownHall, about the last inn in Cape town to have a sign board.”This quote from family papers sent me on a quest – where was the Thatched Tavern and what happened to it? Originally built in 1757 it survived in various forms until the late 1900’s when it succumbed to “progress”. Join us for an illustrated story of the building over the 200 years of its existence – a presentation by Margaret Gundry

Newsletter No 75 December 2015
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Read Dave Kinghorn's overview of the activities of the branch. There were a few outstanding contributions.
He also addressed the membership status of the branch, something of value for all members of the GSSANeed to ask questions like
− What contribution have I made to the branch?
− What have I learned and what new skills have I developed?
− How can I improve in terms of my own research and furthering the good of the GSSA as a body?
− To start off with, it is important to recognize why people join non-profit organizations and what causes them to be fully functioning and effective board members. People join non-profits out of a passion for the issues or cause, personal experiences or because someone they know asked them to join.

Newsletter No 78 March 2016
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Our speaker this month is George Shaw and he has sent a very comprehensive e-mail to David explaining his lifelong interest in Genealogy as well as his story of the diary.The Boer War Diary of Jocelyn F de F Shaw.Last month David gave a talk on the Lighthouse Stevensons and the lighthouses they had built along the coast of Scotland. Among them is the Bell Rock lighthouse, built on a rock that is only exposed for four hours a day. Also read the Story of Durban High School that celebrates 150 years

Newsletter No 80 May 2016
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There is a short explanation as to why you may not find your ancestor on the UK census.Also a short history of Parish records in England. Then pictures of Doreen Piner's grandmother's grave before and after restoration.

Newsletter No 85 October 2016
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Our speaker this month is Stan Close who will be telling us about his visit last year to Belarus in search of his Jewish Roots. This promises to be a very interesting meeting and has raised my interest me so much that when I realised how little I knew about the Jews in South Africa, I visited The Jewish Museum in Cape Town. As it happened they were celebrating “175 years of Jewish Life in South Africa”. More about that later.“I was born in Bulawayo in (then) Rhodesia, attended primary school in Bulawayo and Ndola, and senior school in Johannesburg. I served 12 years as a SA Naval Officer, 12 years with Eskom as a business performance management specialist, and since 1989 have owned and operated a business which assesses, trains and coaches entrepreneurs. This company has helped some 2500 small businesses to start up and grow in South Africa and in four other African countries.

Newsletter No 86 November 2016
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Lees die aanbieding by die Wes-Gautengtak. LM & MARIANA DU PLESSIS : BETROKKENHEID BY DIE DORSLANDTREK-VERENIGING:Weens die beperkte spasie beskikbaar, is dit onmoontlik om reg aan die geskiedenis te laat geskied. As ‘n gebore (1945) Suidwester, het ek al die jare ‘n belangstelling in geskiedenis gehad. In Augustus 2003 en 2008 het ek byeenkomste as ‘n nasaat van die Dorslandtrekkers se feesvieringe by Swartbooisdrift in Kaokoland bygewoon. In 2008 het ek van daar ook Angola besoek, om te kyk waar my ouers gebore is. In my soeke na my wortels, het ek 8000 kilometers gery! Dit het verdere belangstelling by my gewek, en so het ek my familie-navorsing begin.

October Newsletter
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The resources available at the Cory Library in Grahamstown for research on the 1820 Settlers are eplained in an article by Natalie da Silva.

Information regarding the Cemetery Recording Project of the eGGSA is supplied and the background of the project is explained