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Newsletter No 68 May 2015
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In this issue of the news letter an article about the GSSA's coat of arms can be read. Valda Napier researched the origin and registration of the Coat of Arms. I also found the following notification in the newsletter: "I don't know how many of you have 1820 settler ancestors but with over 4000 of them having arrived the chances are pretty good you'll find a link somewhere! Sue Mackay a staunch supporter of the 'share genealogy' ideology, spends a great deal of time in London photographing the Grahamstown Journal and then transcribing the information she gleans from these and then shares it to our eggsa ( settlers/ and the rootsweb list ( if you don't already subscribe to this list, you really ought to sign up. It's free and very easy to use.

Newsletter No 70 July 2015
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Read more about Van Riebeecks Hedges. This hedge of wild almonds was planted in the year 1660 A.D. by order of Commander Jan van Riebeeck to mark the southern frontier of the Cape Colony, from Kirstenbosch along Wynberg Hill, to a point below the Hen and Chickens Rocks. Thence the hedge was continued by a fence of poles across the camp ground to the mouth of the Salt River........ So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European… by Adam Rutherford. Irish parish registers online for the first time. Irish baptism and marriage records dating back to the 1740’s can now be accessed on the web free of charge thanks to a major digitization project. Find out how.

Newsletter No 71 August 2015
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The Burma Road was a road linking Burma with the southwest of China. Its terminals were Kunming, Yunnan, and Lashio, Burma. It was built while Burma was a British colony in order to convey supplies to China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Preventing the flow of supplies on the road helped motivate the occupation of Burma by the Empire of Japan in 1942. Use of the road was restored to the Allies in 1945 after the completion of the Ledo Road. Some parts of the old road are still visible today. Read more
.....and also As genealogists we usually work on family trees. Sometimes we may even do the “family tree” of a house (I am working on one at the moment for the November meeting) but I have never heard of any one doing the “Family tree” of a motor car!!!

Newsletter No 72 September 2015
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The subject of our meeting this month is the preservation of old documents. It will be hosted by Natalie Da Silva. The gallery at the Brenthurst Library has a special display on at the moment – how (or when) to restore or repair old books. Apparently it is sometimes better to leave a book in the state you find it rather than fix it. For your information the bit below is from the Brenthurst Library web page: The Library has an on-going programme of exhibitions on a variety of topics in which artworks, manuscripts and rare books from the collection are featured. These exhibitions are changed periodically during the year. Please phone the library (011 544-5400) to make an appointment to view any our current exhibitions.

Newsletter No 77 February 2016
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On 20 February Dave Kinghorn will talk about his book on the Stephenson family and the building of the Scottish lighthouses by the ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson. Not to be outdone by the Scots we have our own Slangkop Lighthouse. Dave will relate his experiences when visiting the Slangkop Lihthouse at Kommetjie in the Western Cape. To add confusion to the already confused mind of the genealogist read about Stepbrother, Half brother, Full siblings, Half-siblings, Stepsibling, Godsibling, Foster siblings and Adoptive siblings. Once done you will fully comprehend this family relations business!