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 theengels ovaal
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.

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.




The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the GSSA. It was established on June 14 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

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?
boertjie drink teeMembership 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 engelsman braai vleiswould 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.

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.

Heritage Month in the Northern provinces of South Africa started with a genealogy experiment that was accepted well by the audience.
BARKHUIZEN Johan1 CroppedJohan Barkhuizen, a member of the GSSA, prepared a DVD of his family history, that incorporated 16mm film material, some video footage and photographs. To this he added a sound track.  This innovative format of presenting family history was displayed for the first time  at the Genealogy and Family History Fair, in Pretoria on Saturday 3 September 2011.
The audience was suitably impressed and the potential of this genre was soon realized. Unlike the older generation the young people of today prefer being visually entertained, they would rather look at a DVD than read a book.  Genealogy in sound and image does not replace a book or CD because the latter contains more detailed information. It is complementary to the more traditional way of research and appeals to both young and old.