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Genealogical Society of South Africa

Collage Landman 3eggsa120We 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 thirteen branches of which twelve 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.

Familia 2015 no 4

VoorbladANCESTORS AT WAR-Cheryl Vermaak. From early childhood days in the 1950s, I recall being proud of my father, Gordon Raymond Coleman (1918 Greytown, Natal – 2011 East London) who served the full six years in World War Two. I was fascinated by the stories he told us. After much persuasion, he handed me his written memoirs a week before he passed away, at the age of ninety-two.......    and .........     As we drove by bus to the various graveyards, two of our fellow travellers read the last written words from an uncle’s letter and a grandfather’s diary, prior to being savagely killed in the carnage at Gallipoli.

Read more in this isssue of Familia.

Other articles include: Die Uitenweerders van Kruispad omgewing: Distr Reitz - Hennie van Aswegen; Persoonlikhede - Thys du Preez; Reverend James Archbell–His early years in South Africa - Eve Mazery; Marten Louis Slabbert- Twee persone- wie trou met wie? - Louisa Slabbert; Die Harmses as Trekboere en op die Groot Trek - Ellen Harmse; 'n Poolse Familie in Suid-Afrika – Masureik/Masuret - Red: Maureen de Villiers; Op Soek na my Wandrag Voorsate - Hettie Muller.

Om die Familia te ontvang moet jy 'n ingeskrewe lid van die Genealogies Genootskap van Suid-Afrika wees. Jy kan by een van 11 takke in Suid-Afrika of by  die elektroniese e-GGSA aansluit.  Refer to the Join now article below.
Aansoekvorm/Application Form


Argieftoere 2016


Gedurende 2016 word die volgende toere in die vooruitsig gestel:
1.18-22 April: Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (KAB, GISA & Hugenote of Dra-kenstein Heemkring) vir Kapenaars en ander met eie vervoer en akkom-modasie. Koste in die omgewing van R800 per lid.
2. 21-26 Augustus: Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (KAB, GISA & Hugenote of Dra-kenstein Heemkring) vir lede uit ander provinsies waarby vlugte, busvervoer, akkommodasie, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde ens. in-gesluit is. Koste in die omgewing van R7,000 per lid.
3.Drie ander moontlikhede.
1. 23-28 Oktober. Gautengse Argiewe (TAB, LDS & Erfenisstigting) vir lede uit ander provinsies waarby vlugte, busvervoer, akkommodasie, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde ens. ingesluit is. Koste in die omgewing van R6,800 per lid.
OF 24-28 Oktober: Gautengse Argiewe (TAB, LDS & Erfenisstigting) vir lede wat oor hul eie akkommodasie en vervoer beskik. Koste in die omgewing van R650 per lid.
OF 23-26 Oktober: Bloemfontein se Argiewe (VAB en Oorlogmuseum) waarby busvervoer uit Gauteng, akkommodasie, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde ens. ingesluit is. Koste in die omgewing van R4,500 per lid. Deposito’s is betaalbaar vanaf 1 Januarie 2016.
Om jou plek op een van die toere te verseker en om beplanning te vergemaklik of om meer uit te vind en om betyds op die poslys geplaas te word, kontak Ellen by Jy moet 'n lid van die GGSA wees om aan die argieftoer deel te neem. Lees hieronder by "Join Now" hoe om aan ter sluit.

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 peope 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