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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 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.


Argieftoere 2016

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 Hierdie twee GGSA-toere van 2016 is vol bespreek: Augustus: Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (setlaarplase, KAB, GISA & Hugenote) vir lede uit ander provinsies waarby vlugte, busvervoer, akkommodasie, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde, gidse, fooitjies ens. ingesluit is. Koste R7,000 per lid. Voor die tyd word nog een “leer-mekaar” en een “ken-mekaar”byenkoms vir diegene beplan wat naby die sentrum van Gauteng woon.
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 R4,000 per lid.
(Oorweging word tans geskenk om gedurende Mei 2017 weer die slypskool vir die Kapenaars en omstreke  aan te bied. Die 2016 slypskool is gekanselleer omdat belangstellendes te laat kennis gegee het dat hul dit wou bywoon.)

Inligting oor die 2017 argieftoere:
Maak reg vir die volgende GGSA-argieftoere gedurende 2017:
1. 18-29 Junie : Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (KAB, GISA & Hugenote of Drakenstein Heemkring) vir Kapenaars en ander met eie vervoer en akkommodasie. Koste in die omgewing van R900 per lid.
2. 20-25 Augustus: Wes-Kaapse Argiewe (KAB, GISA & Hugenote of Drakenstein Heemkring) vir lede uit ander provinsies waarby vlugte, busvervoer, akkommodasie, twee etes per dag, toegangsgelde ens. ingesluit is. Koste in die omgewing van R7,500 per lid.
Kontak Ellen by of 072 594 9050.

DVD Presentation

DVD AanbiedPresentation of the annual Cemetery DVD at the GSSA AGM.
Pictured are (L to R) Simon du Plooy, Petro Coreejes Brink, Peter Moss and Beverley Moss.
The 2016 version of the Cemetery DVD (version 14) was presented to the President at the Annual General Meeting of the GSSA held in Potchefstroom on 11 March 2016. 
Making the presentation to Petro Coreejes Brink (outgoing President of the GSSA), Peter and Beverley Moss (DVD Data Coordinators) noted that the DVD contains 765,671 names from 3047 cemeteries. They thanked all contributors and data processors for their input, Johann Janse van Rensburg for compiling the DVD, Simon du Plooy and the marketing team for producing the DVDs and the GSSA management team for their support for the Project.
The aim is to preserve information by the collecting, recording, processing and safekeeping of cemetery data. This is achieved by recording the genealogical information, including birth, death and burial data plus any personal historical data (e.g. occupation, marriage or any other family relationships) contained in the cemetery data. data is collected from all cemetery type sources, including headstones, burial registers, memorials and cremation plaques.

You can order your own copy of this valuable genealogy data sourc. The price is R125,00 plus postage and packaging R30,00. Payment to be done: GSSA, Nedbank, Killarney, Bank Code 191605, Account 1916051332s Order including proof of payment to: Provide email address and delivery particulars.

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