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 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.
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 time, the library will only be open 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. However, there are from time-to-time changes in the regulations and the times may change at short notice. Please call the GSSA librarian (Lynne @ 082-411-8803) in advance to confirm times.
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 to 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 go out with it again.
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