Products and Services - Library
The GSSA 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.
The collection includes books and magazines in both electronic and published format. This data deals with South African as well as international genealogies, 1820 British 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, several baptism/christening, marriage, and membership registers, as well as registers of various cemeteries and the GSSA Cemetery Recording Project are stored here.
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.
The library is open for genealogical research on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 15.00 and on some Saturdays (see News page for the latest arrangements) . Volunteers will be available on these days to assist researchers. Please call the GSSA librarian (Lynne @ 082-411-8803) to confirm times and availability.
Heritage Foundation Telephone number 012-325-7885 x2234.
Admission and fees
Enter at the entrance gate of the Voortrekker Monument (VTM), take a ticket and move up to the main parking area at the Reception / Information Center, just below the Afrikander Handelshuis, at the foot of the VTM. Pay the entrance fee of R20 and have your gate ticket stamped so that you can be allowed out at the gate.
The library list is often updated, so be sure to download a new version now and then to benefit from new books that are added. The Library list is available in two formats, PDF & Excel (the contents are the same):
Download the Library List (in searchable PDF format); or
Download the Library List (in workable Excel format).