The Genealogical Society of South Africa


Cemetery Recording Project

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 The Genealogical Society of SA

 Cemetery Recording Project Outline           March 2019_0





 To preserve the genealogical information contained in cemeteries of South African interest and make the information accessible to genealogical researchers.

Scope and objectives of the project

• The Project is an initiative of the Genealogical Society of South Africa , a non-profit organisation manned by volunteers
• 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.
• The data is collected from all cemetery type sources, including headstones, burial registers, memorials and cremation plaques.
• The project covers all cemetery data of South African interest, inside and outside of South Africa.
• A prime focus of the Project is the collection of information from the very many farm cemeteries that exist throughout SA. These have no burial registers and the headstones are more subject to neglect and damage than the town cemeteries (which are also under    threat).
• Credit and acknowledgement will be given to Recorders.


The Project is organised in two parts:

1             The GSSA Cemetery DVD Project

The DVD Project transcribes name information from various sources (headstones, memorials, registers etc) and publishes this annually as an Index in DVD form. The Index is searchable by name, cemetery etc; DVD 17 published in March 2019 contains 934,920 names from 3159 cemeteries.
In addition to Cemetery Recording efforts at the various GSSA Branches, we have a large number of individuals who record data and assist with data processing.
The DVD can be ordered from the GSSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , OR on-line via the eGSSA web page - enter the Shop, go to Original Records, select item (Cemetery Recording Project DVD edition 16 (2018)
The DVD Data Coordinators are Peter and Beverley Moss: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Work is in progress re publishing the DVD data on line.

2             The eGSSA Cemetery Photo Project


The eGSSA (the web-based Branch of the GSSA) publishes headstone photos on the internet; these photo albums are searchable by name, cemetery etc. There is no charge for access. The albums presently contain over 790,000 photos, with many more photos still to be processed.
Riana le Roux can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please request postal address
• The eGSSA library web page is at:
• Search albums for Names at
• Search albums for Cemeteries at
• The eGSSA also publishes Church BMD (Births, Marriage and Death) data, this information can be found at the link
• Instructions for photographing headstones are at the link



The GSSA webpage Other Project features of interest are: 

Please also visit the GSSA homepage  for further information. Select the required tab for PROJECTS / Cemetery Project. 
The DVD Project area contains various reports giving the status of the cemetery recording effort, which cemeteries have been recorded, etc. This cemetery recording status is recorded in excel files on the web page, go to Projects / Cemetery Recording /  Cemetery DVD Updates and Reports.  These files are updated monthly.

  • The GSSA Google Earth Cemetery Initiative

Explore the GSSA cemetery locations live on line! Visit the GSSA web page and click on GSSA Google Earth Cemetery Initiative, 
where we display our cemetery locations on a Google Earth platform. You will need “Google Earth” preloaded on your pc to view this (free download from

  • About the Cemetery Index

The Cemetery Index is used to manage the recording effort and correlate data between the DVD and eGSSA projects. It contains 3 main areas:
1.       Cemetery names, including CemID, where we use the farm name / number as found on the 1:50000 maps of SA. There can be more  than 1 cemetery location on a farm (see 3.)
2.       Documents, including DocID, which tracks recorder and submitter names, dates entered, etc. There can be many documents for a single cemetery, due to revisions, updates etc..
3.       Cemetery locations, including GPSID, which contains the GPS coordinates, links to eGSSA photo albums, etc, and provides    data for the Google Earth Cemetery Initiative. There can be multiple cemetery locations on a farm.





Cemetery Locations


  • Recording – please help

We request that recorders send in headstone photos, or provide a transcript of the headstone information (preferably in our standard excel format which saves time at our end, now included in the DVD), and also provide GPS coordinates with a view photo of the Cemetery.
Photos can be saved on DVD and posted to us, but we encourage the use of Dropbox which is much quicker and easier.
If you are interested in helping with photographing and transcription of Cemetery Registers, or addition of captions to headstone photographs, please contact Peter Moss at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Riana le Roux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
If you are interested in helping with recording work, data processing or any other aspect of the Project, please contact the Coordinators noted above for further information.


                                            Thank you for your interest
                                         The Cemetery Recording Team

Kieserslys DVD

DVD 2 met die data van die 1984 Kieserslys is nou beskikbaar. DVD 2 bevat 572 Excel lêers elk met tot 5271 name. (die totale 1984 Kieserslys). Die lêers word in Excel formaat sowel as in Zip formaat op die DVD verpak. Die data is in die volgorde soos dit in die kieserslys mikro-fiche voorkom maar dit is dan ook soekbaar d.m.v. Windows Explorer Soekfunksie. Daar is net minder as 3 miljoen name met geboortedatums, van en volle name, nooiensvan, adres soos deur Binnelandse Sake aangetoon in 1984 en dan ook die beroep van die persoon.
DVD 2 kos R 280,00 plus posgeld binnelands R 35,00 en R 75,00 buitelands. GGSA Takke kan bestellings plaas vir hulle lede en korting van 15% vir hulle takke verdien. Die data kan ook per Dropbox of WeShare gestuur word – tel net R 35 by vir datakoste (ipv R 35 vir posgeld) aangesien die volume nogal groot is – die data word dan in Zip-formaat gestuur.
84 KieserslysBestellings kan geplaas word by Versending kan ook per Dropbox of WeShare gedoen word. R 35,00 word gehef vir data koste: Totaal R315-00. Korting van R 42, 00 per DVD vir GGSA takke wat bestel
Doen inbetalings by: Nedbank. Rekeningnaam: GGSA-GSSA; Killarney Tak Takkode: 191605; Rekeningnommer: 1916051332. Verwysing: KS+Voorletters en Van. [Voorbeeld: KS-MEduToit].
LW: Volledige afleweringsadres asook bewys van betaling moet verskaf met bestelling.


GENEALOGIESIMPOSIUM: SATERDAG 12 AUGUSTUS 2017                           GGSA Logo met onderskrif Versag               GGSA Logo met onderskrif Versag

Aangebied deur vier takke: Noord-Transvaal, Vaaldriehoek, Johannesburg en Wes-Gauteng.               
97 ywerige genealoe het die simposium bygewoon. Die sprekers het hulle baie goed van hul taak gekwyt.     
Die onderwerpe was uiteenlopend van aard. Apart from providing well researched family stories intertwined with history a factual  
description of the implications of the amendments to the the Copyright Act provided food  for thought for the attendees. 
An exciting insight into the little known resources of the Police Archives was provided.



 Margaret Gundry -  Five Women from St Helena -   I have been researching Sarah Riley on Tristan da Cunha and St Helena and again and again in my research I came across the   Margaret Gphrase “In 1827 Captain Amm/Ham brought five ladies from St Helena as wives for the five bachelors on the Island.” It became my mission to work out who these ladies were by working from the baptismal and marriage records and then to try and trace them back to St Helena. I can’t say that I have been really successful so far although I think I have traced Sarah Riley back to a baptism on St Helena.                      

Isabel GIsabel Groesbeek - Die sinergie tussen genealogie en godsdiens (500 jaar na Reformasie.  As genealoog sedert 1988, eers as navorser by Genealogie-Inligting, RGN en later as private navorser, het ek ‘n besondere waardering vir kerkregisters ontwikkel. Vanjaar vier die Protestantse kerke regoor die wêreld 500 jaar Reformasie en met die viering in gedagte het ek gedink dat ek graag oor die sinergie tussen genealogie en godsdiens met u wil gesels.

Charline Wentzel -
Ouma vertel ons bietjie.......   'n Reis deur ou  kiekies om met die kleinkinders te deel hoe interessant en gevarieerd hulle voorgeslagte  se geskiedenis was. Charline WEenvoudige mense tot die met meer aansien, tog is nie een se verhaal minder belangrik nie . Ouma se verhaal het as 'n jong dogtertjie op die plaas tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog begin. Glashelder kon sy die verskillende gebeure verhaal. Ouma Catharina Magdalena Vorster (x ZA de Beer) het hulle wedervarings opgeteken en aan elkeen van haar kleinkinders n boekie oorhandig. Dit bly n baie kosbare besitting. Daarmee saam het talle foto's behoue gebly.                        

Robert B Robert Bush - Sometimes it is Easy. Researching my maternal grandfather, Jasper Bradley Hall lead me to a very interesting lady Catherine Hall (Wager).  The Wirksworth.Org.UK web site, run by John Palmer provided a one stop research site for the Wirksworth area and I obtained a lot of interesting information on Catherine. ……. and …….. Sometimes it is Not So Easy. The second lady that I discussed was my paternal great-grandmother Emmah Miller (Hannah) 1861 to 1893, Graaff-Reinet, my oldest South African born ancestor.  She is my one of my three brick walls and I have not been able to research her line any further.

 Erna Buber-de Villiers - Formidabele Vroue/ Unsung heroines. Ek bespreek die elf lede van my pa se matriargale lyn in Suid-Afrika vanaf stammoeder  Margaretha Geertjen/Grietje GERRITS Erna B(mtDNA T2b3-C151T)  tot by my my ouma, Johanna Barbara Frederika BUITENDAG. Hul stories strek vanaf 1662 tot 1980, vanaf lewe in e vroeë Caeb en die latere ontberings tydensdie Suid-Afrikaanse Oorlog, tot die omswerwinge van ‘n Spoorwegman se se vrou in die eerste helfte van die 20e eeu.

Neels CNeels CoertseVoorgestelde wysiginge  aan die Outeursregwet - Die voordrag het in hooftrekke oor die wysigingswetontwerp oor outeursregte gegaan. Oa voorgestelde wysigings t.o.v. musiek, videos, literatuur, kunswerk & rekenaarprogrammatuur ens word gedek. Die outeursreg van tabelle hoewel nie die inhoud nie, maar die samestelling is ook bespreek. Die filosofie van wetsopstelling het verander en daar word gesorg vir die minderbevoorregtes

Brig. Hennie Heymans Onderbenutte Genealogiese Polisiebronne. Misdaad is so oud soos die Hennie Hmensdom self. Polisie hou oog oor gemeenskap. Daar is wettige bedrywighede, onwettige bedrywighede of versuime en algemene verdagte optrede. Bronne sluit dinge in soos medaljes - soldaat en polisieman se CV wat hy op sy bors dra, nommer, rang en naam rede vir  toekenning. Die  SAP se magsorders sluit  aspekte in soos sterftes, eervolle vermeldings, toekenning van medaljes, dekorasies en ordes. In ou magsorders is sterftes, attestasie,  bevordering, eervolle vermeldings, sportkampioene, eksamenrade, In die ou polisie argiewe is daar verdagtes se leggers, bekende moordenaars die diamanttak – oudste  aaneenlopende polisie-eenheid. En meer.


 Die simposium is opgeneem op video en kan besigtig word by  hierdie skakel: The symposium was recorded and can be viewed at this link.

  het hierdie fasiliteit beskikbaar gemaak.

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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 described above
Application/Aansoek (Scroll down on the page for the Afrikaans version)


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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