The Northern Transvaal Branch has excellent genealogical sources that are kept at the library of the Heritage Foundation in Pretoria. The Northern Transvaal Branch and the Heritage Foundation have an agreement according to which the Foundation and the Branch cooperate in making available sources for genealogical research.
Northern Transvaal’s collection includes books and magazines in both electronic and published format. This data deals with South African as well as international genealogies, 1820 Settlers and the arrival of the French Huguenots, the German Missionaries, Dutch Immigrants, the Anglo Boer War and British Concentration Camps. A special effort is made to collect and make available family registers and pedigree sheets of individual families. The Library is in possession of both the SA Geslagsregisters (SAG) and the more recent SA Family Registers (SAF). Biographies, a number of baptism- marriage- and membership registers, as well as registers of various cemeteries and the GSSA Cemetery Recording Project.
Volunteers of the Northern Transvaal branch and the full-time librarian of the Heritage Foundation are on hand to provide guidance and assistance. The Heritage Foundation library is in the Heritage Building at the Voortrekker Monument.
Under normal circumstances the library is open on weekdays from 08:00 to 15:00 and one Saturday per month from 10:00 to 14:00 – the Saturday that coincides with the monthly meeting of the Northern Transvaal Branch, usually the second Saturday of the month.
During the Covid-19 lockdown period, the library was temporarily closed. It reopened on 4 August 2020 with all the Covid-access regulations fully applicable, and the following restrictions are currently in place: at this stage there are no Saturday meetings scheduled and the library will therefore not be open on Saturdays either. The library is open from 1 February 2021, until further notice, only from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8.00 to 15.00. Volunteers will be available on these days from 9:00 to 14:00 to assist researchers.
GSSA members pay an entry fee of R15 at the gate to the Voortrekker Monument grounds. Use of the Northern Transvaal branch collection in the library is free for GSSA members. Non-members pay an entrance fee of R50 at the gate, and a library fee of R100 per day. This fee can be paid in cash or via Snapscan, a payment app that lets you pay with your phone, by scanning a QR code.
Heritage Foundation Telephone number: 012-325-7885
Download the Northern Tranvaal Library List (in searchable PDF format).
Please note that it is a large file and takes some time to download.
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