The Genealogical Society of South Africa
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Welcome in our Midst

Collage Landman 3eWe serve a community of dedicated amateur family researchers. Anyone who hasn’t ever dabbled in genealogical research can imagine the relief, joy and great exultation that the genealogist experiences on having made a breakthrough, or finds the final link to complete a family line. It truly is the experience of a lifetime.
Families have migrated far and wide within South Africa. Later descendants of families that arrived in South Africa as early as 1676 trekked North and East, some ending in the present day Namibia and or even further afield to Angola and Kenya. Tracing their footsteps, opens up new worlds, and gives one insight into cultural, political and the religious motivation for these great treks.
The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) that was established in 1964 has twelve branches of which eleven are land based and one which is an electronic branch catering for members worldwide, via the internet. Each branch arranges its own activities and meets all year round apart from December and January. More information can be gleaned by visiting the branch pages of Members of the various branches assist each other with research and give guidance to newcomers.



South African War Graves Project

SA Wargraves ProjectThe goal of the South Africa War Graves Project is to archive photographs of every single South African & Rhodesian war grave from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, Bambatha Rebellion, WW1, Rand Revolt, WW2, Korea, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War, Non World War and Police to present day. These photos will either be in the format of a picture of a headstone or a name on a memorial. These photos will eventually be made freely to the family, friends of the deceased serviceperson, school groups, veterans groups and MOTH shell-holes through this website.      AGM of the South East Wits Family History Society
Peter Moss attended the AGM of the SEWFHS on Saturday 11 June 2016. He thanked the Society for their ongoing efforts which, for the last year, included:Photographs for more than 18000 Primrose 20160611 134549Cemetery headstones.   Photographs for the Old Nigel Cemetery headstones and Register pages.  Assistance in providing captions of the headstone photos to be published on line by the eGSSA.  Peter also presented to the Society The Cemetery Project DVD that  provides an index to 765,671 names in 3047cemeteries in South Africa and abroad. 
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Hugenote Vereniging van Suid-Afrika
Die Hugenote-Vereniging van Suid-Afrika is op 12 Maart 1953 gestig, en beywer hom vir die bewaring en uitbouing van die Hugenote erfenis.
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Konsentrasiekamp Seminaar

Die Noord-Westak van die GGSA bied 'n seminaar aan oor konsentrasiekampe.

Grafte in die Bethulie Konsentrasiekamp

Bethulie Konsentrasiekamp Kerkhof Grafte VerkelinWaar: Potchefstroom Museum, Sol Plaatjie Laan (Tussen Nelson Mandela en Wolmarans straat.
Koste: R75-00 per persoon. RSVP: Dirk Bloem: of 
Elmarie Weyers: oop of voor 22 Julie 2016

Meld aan 08h30 tot 09h00: Welkom: (Koffie/Tee)
09h00 – 09h45 (Me. Trudie Venter – Bethulie K/kamp)
10h00 – 10h45 (Blackie Swart – Springfontein K/kamp)
10h45 – 11h15 (Breek)
11h15 – 12h00? (Johan van Zyl – ABO museum – Beskikbare bronne)
12h00 – 12h30 – Vraag en antwoord sessie

Springfontein Konsentrasiekamp
Springfontein Kamp

Join Now

boertjie drink teeThere are two options to choose from should you wish to become a member of the GSSA.
1)Decide on the branch that you would like to join by visiting the GSSA website Then on the page of the branch of your choice select  “contact us” and forward your completed form to the membership committee member. 2) You can join via the eGSSA branch. Visit this page: and follow the instructions. The membership fee of the eGSSA consists of three elements, viz. membership of the GSSA; membership of the eGSSA and optional member of a land based branch as well. Download the apllication, complete the form and submit the form to the branch of your choice as descibed above


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Many people pass idly by cemeteries and little graveyards next to the roadside. Very few people realise that on headstones a wealth of information lies to be exploited. Many genealogists will go out of their way to visit graveyards and cemeteries, Information such as birth and  date of death, full names of the deceased and in some cases the name of the spouse can be found. This may lead to a breakthrough in the family researcher's quest. Over the years the members of the GSSA photographed thousands of headstone. These have been uploaded to eGSSA website. 

DNA Research

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 There are basically three types of DNA tests: Y-DNA – Y-DNA is passed on from father to son along a direct paternal line and it is therefore possible to track the paternal surname from one generation to the next. For this reason, only men are eligible for this test. mtDNA – All children inherit mtDNA from their mothers and since mtDNA traces generation after generation of one's direct maternal ancestors, both sexes are equally able to determine the origin of their maternal line. Autosomal DNA – this ‘Family Finder’ test literally hundreds of thousands of possible SNPs for precise DNA correlations/matches with others across all of one's genetic lines. This test is therefore also available to both sexes