Welcome to the GSSA
We serve a community of dedicated amateur family researchers. No one that has not yet started with genealogical research can imagine the passion, the determination and the>
great exultation that the genealogist experience when achieving /> a breakthrough, and makes a final link to complete a family line. It is an experience of a lifetime.
Moreover, for us it is more than just a family register, it is a family register augmented with the family- and cultural history of the time. Actual experiences of family groups, especially in remote areas, could be an indication of political, religious and cultural values of that time. This may be completely lost to later generations if not recorded in the family.
The advantages of joining the GSSA are numerous. One becomes part of a family of likeminded researchers with vast experience and one can interact with them on a personal level. You know that you can call on the help of people that is supportive and accommodating. You will gain access to research and educational resources and remain up to date with developments in the world of genealogy. You get the opportunity to go on outings to sites of genealogical significance and listen to experts in the research field. Benefits include discount on genealogy books, DVDs and CDs.
The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded on 18 June 1964 on the historical farm Joostenberg. Since then the society has made big strides and
genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. The picture on the left is of the 11 founding members of the society.
Members of the GSSA have over the years produced works of great genealogical significance. It would be an injustice listing only some of the works. But in many of our branch libraries you will find books, DVD's and CD's on names such as the Du Toit's; James Mundell and his descendants; Die De Beer-Familie, Drie Eeue in Suid-Afrika; The Dexter Family; Van Stamvader Jean Prieur tot Pieter Johannes du Plessis; Die Du Preez-Familie in Suid-Afrika 1688 – 1988 and many more.
One of the goals of the GSSA, is to produce Family Registers and other Genealogical Products making it available to family researchers. We assist with preparing members' research for printing or writing it to CD. The GSSA also act as a publisher to assist with marketing the completed product.- click here to have a look at the products available - also look at the eGSSA website.
On Saturday 6 September this action packed seventh annual festival took place in Lynnwood Ridge/Lynnwoodrif, Pretoria. This event promotes genealogy & family heritage and provides an opportunity to researchers, societies, book publishers and members of the public to liaise. Numerous stalls showed the dedication of genealogists to their family roots and history. Amongst the surnames, we found the Bekkers, Dreyers, Fouries, Harmses, Humans, Jordaans, Lemmers, Lombards, Vorsters, Malans, Barkhuizens, Diedericks and Labuschagne. At these stalls, enthusiastic visitors could discuss their family ties with researchers, discovered relations and found that vital clue for more research.
The Huguenot Society of South Africa/Hugenote Vereniging van Suid-Afrika had their own stall and to our amazement, a visitor told us who the model was for the figure of the women in the Huguenot Monument. One of the resources available for family research, initiated by Lucas Rinken and now a project of the West Gauteng Branch in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg is the e-Sagi (ElectronicSA Geslag index) More than 800 000 names are included on this DVD.
Otto Diedericks of the Northern Transvaal Branch gave tips to a packed hall on how one goes about starting one's family research, where one can look for information and some of the computer programs available for family research. Otto also inter alia researches the Diedericks family and he showed visitors the unique method that he use to display the various generations of the family complete with photographs collected over the years and from long forgotten photo albums. The second information session was presented by Isabel Groesbeek. She discussed critical aspects in genealogical research under the theme 'The ABC of Genealogy/Die ABC van Genealogie'
One of the other outstanding displays was of the Barkhuizen Family. Johan Barkhuizen and his brother Alec showed their perseverance and passion for tracing the history of the Barkhuizen’s back to their origin in Niederbarkhausen in Germany.
The initiative for the event comes from the well-known Isabel Groesbeek, the organiser of this great festival. With her vast knowledge of family research in South Africa and the extensive database on her computer she could answer many a visitor's query regarding that distant missing relative. Isabel is a family researcher since 1988 and the former head of Genealogy Information, HSRC. She also presents a course for beginners called "Van waar Gehasi?" to promote the correct method of research and genealogy as a field of interest.
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The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded on 18 June 1964 on the historical farm Joostenberg. Since then the
society has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established
as a dynamic and growing hobby in the South African Society.
Today was the 50th Anniversary of the Society. It was a pleasant cold winter's day without rain in Joostenberg. About 50 people, in good spirit, attended the event. Part of the festivities was to unveil a plaque that was donated by Philip Albert Myburgh the son of founder member Philip Myburgh. The plaque was donated by the Myburgh Alliance (Myburghbond) of South Africa, Trust.
The same hospitality that was shown to the founder members with the establishment of the Society was experienced by the genealogists attending the unveiling of the plaque today. The guests were entertained at a tea party with traditional pastries.
A short video of the unveiling of the the plaque on 18 June can be seen here
The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the GSSA. It was established on June 18 1964 on the farm Joostenberg. At the previous Annual General Meeting it was decided that the this occasion has to be celebrated. One of the proposals was that the theme for the branch meetings throughout the year will focus on the heritage and immigrants for a particular country. At that meeting homage will be paid to the immigrants and settlers hailing from the countries mentioned. Branches will endeavour to get speakers to address a specific topic for that month or arrange suitable commemorations.Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings by contacting a branch in their vicinity.
Dennis Pretorius on KYKNET. On 5 June at 05:50 Dennis Pretorius, vice president of the GSSA was interviewed by the well-known Riaan Cruywagen. Dennis expanded on our 50 year celebration festivities. You can link onto this URL and watch the interview. It was made available by courtesy of KYKNET, Click on this link to see the video: http://youtu.be/oz19jDPTQ_Q
Jan/Feb Annual General Meetings of Branches.
15 March GGSA
Annual General Meeting in Gauteng.
April Immigrants from the Netherlands (27
April is Kings Day in the Netherlands)
May Afrika genealogy (African Liberation Day on 25 May)
June Immigrants from UK & Ireland (Queens official birthday)
July Immigrants from France (14 July 1789 Bastille Day)
August Slaves Slavery was officially abolished in most of the British Empire on 1 August 1834)
September One of the following: Smaller groups like Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Jewish etc
October Immigrants from Germany (German Unity Day)
November Immigrants from Asian countries: India, China, etc
New Applicant, how do I join?
Membership fee for the Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) can either be R200,00(Abroad R350) or R150,00. This is based on whether you would like to receive the quarterly Journal of the Society, Familia, by post or electronically. When you decide to join you will be allocated to a particular branch e.g. Johannesburg Branch, Vaal Triangle Branch, Western Cape Branch, etc. There are 12 land based branches and 1 Cyber branch called the eGSSA- this is an web based branch.
The various branches of the GSSA in some instances levy an additional mandatory fee for the newsletter of the branch, this differs from branch to branch.
A copy of the application form can be downloaded here. Application Z2014
There 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 http://www.genza.org.za. On the page of the branch of your choice select the menu “contact us” and forward your completed form to the membership committee member.
2) You can join via the eGSSA branch. Visit this page: http://www.eggsa.org/sales/eshop_e_dc_membership.htm and follow the instructions. The membership fee of the eGSSA consists of three elements, i.e. membership of the GSSA; membership of the eGSSA and optional member of a land based branch as well.
Should you have any queries kindly contact a committee member of the branch of your choice.
AMSTERDAM SE STADSARGIEF
Rentia Landman (Klik op die Foto om te vergroot)
Die meeste van ons stamvaders het via Amsterdam na die Kaap gekom en daarom is die stadsargief van Amsterdam vir ons in Suid-Afrika ‘n skat van inligting. Dit is egter nie nodig om duisende rande te bestee om die argief persoonlik te besoek of om iemand te betaal om dit vir jou te doen nie. Byna alle basies data is gedigitaliseer en op internet beskikbaar. Daarby is die soektogstelsel van die
Amsterdamse stadsargief baie gebruikersvriendelik en net ‘n plesier om te gebruik.
Rentia Landman in die Stadsargief van Amsterdam in die hoop om nog iets oor die Landman’s te vind wat sy nie reeds op die argief webwerf in haar eie studeerkamer kon vind nie.
1. Gaan in op http://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/
2. Daar is ‘n taalkeuse tussen Engels en Nederlands, maar die Engels bied beperkte keuses aan. Hou liefs by die Nederlands.
3. Kyk heel regs kom ‘n groot rooi blok op. Klik op Genealogische zoeksystemen
4. Dan kom daar weer op die regterkant ‘n langwerpige rooi blok op met die verskillende versamelings. Begin met die volgende:
Begraafregisters voor 1811
Since the earliest days at the Cape far sighted individuals recognised the need for recording genealogical information of the new arrivals to the Cape since 1652 From 1652 there were exceptional milestones reached by the recording of genealogies. Genealogy in South Africa today is the hobby of many South Africans and a growing science. It would be unfair to say that the following list is comprehensive but it still reflects the growth and development of genealogy in South Africa.
1652 - Diary of Jan van Riebeeck.
- To promote and facilitate interest and research in genealogy and family history to present members, to the genealogical hobbyist and to all members of the public who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history.
- To promote general understanding of Genealogy and its value, to understand and maintain professional status and dignity for genealogists amongst members of the Genealogical Society of South Africa and the general public.
- To encourage the observance of the highest standards of research by members of the Society.
- To provide a wide range of educational courses, research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members, as well as any other service or assistance as may from time to time be decided upon by the National Council of the GSSA.
- To encourage and develop links with Family History Societies.
- To establish and maintain contact with like minded Societies throughout the world.
- To establish a certification program to promote the reliability, professionalism and integrity of all South African Genealogists and Record Researchers.
- To assist in the preservation of all genealogical records and memorabilia.