Namibian Graves earns photographer a merit award

Written by Cem Project on Monday, 28 July 2014 07:43.

daanbotesMarch 2014. Daan Botes received a well deserved Merit Award for his contribution to the Photo Project at the Awards function in March. Daan recorded over 19 000 Namibian graves during his travels through the country these last 2 to 3 years.

In addition to the Namibian graves, Daan has also donated 1000's of photos for Mossel Bay, Port Shepstone, Margate and the Northern Cape.  As we are writing this article, Daan is on his way back to his home town from Zambia - and we have already started to upload these new photos!  A gold mine of genealogy infomation!

Daan Botes was bekroon vir sy besonderse bydrae tot ons Fotoprojek in Maart.  Daan het baie myle afgelê om daardie foto's vir ons te neem.


The DVD team visits the Freestate

Written by Ferdie Van Wyk on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:02.


On 8 June 2013 Peter Moss (DVD Data Coordinator) and John Schwartz (Cemetery Project Newsletter Editor) gave a presentation on the Cemetery Project to members of the Vrystaattak of the GSSA (VGSSA) in Bloemfontein. The talk covered both the DVD and eGSSA photo projects, and included details on how the projects are managed and integrated, tips on recording and photographing headstones, a tour of the Project section of the GSSA webpage and a virtual world tour visiting recorded cemeteries using the Google Earth® platform. Afterwards, members visited the Rooidam Military Cemetery. 
The trip was also useful since Peter and John stopped off in Winburg, photographed the Voortrekkergedenktuin and visited the 3 cemeteries associated with the  Concentration Camp.  A most enjoyable visit to the City of Flowers.
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Merit Award to North West

Written by Cem Project on Sunday, 24 March 2013 06:53.

The North West branch received a merit award for their major contribution to both the DVD and Photo Project.  The team recorded all the dirk 2graves in the Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Bakerville and Lichtenburg.  Some of the photos are already available on the eGGSA website ... the eGGSA team is still doing captions of the latest arrivals.

Dirk Bloem, Vice Chairman of North West branch accepted the award on behalf of the team at the gala event in Krugersdorp. 

In the photo you can see Dirk reading out all the names of their team members.

Baie geluk aan die Noordwes span met hulle meriete toekenning.  Genealogie is dankbaar vir julle span se bydraes!



GGSA Google Earth

Written by Cem Project on Sunday, 24 March 2013 22:00.

SA GoogleEarthMapUsing Free and widely available software, you can explore GSSA cemetery locations live on line!                        

Visit the GSSA Google Earth Cemetery Initiative project page for more information.


Ons gebruik Google Earth om die duplisering van begraafplase uit te skakel.


The eGSSA photo project

Written by Cem Project on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:00.


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The eGSSA (the virtual branch of the GSSA) publishes headstone photos on the Internet, these photo albums are searchable by name or cemetery.  There is no charge for access.

The albums presently contain over 580 000 headstone photos, and over 25 000 more are in various stages of the labelling process, behind the scenes.  New photos are added to the public page daily.
Photo project coordinator is Alta Griffiths

PO Box 199, Durbanville, South Africa, 75518.

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eGSSA webpage:

Die eGGSA webblad huisves meer as 580 000 grafsteenfoto's.  U is welkom om ons te besoek, vir ons nog foto's te stuur en te help met die indeksering.


Cemetery Newsletter

Written by Cem Project on Thursday, 09 June 2011 21:02.

The Cemetery Project has its own newsletter.  

The editor is John Schwartz- to send him a mail click on the Contact Us in the GSSA Projects menu box on the right. 

All our Newsletters are available in our Cemetery Recording Newsletter Library. Please visit regularly as we publish newsletters during the year.

Die nuusbrief hou u op hoogte met die vordering wat in die projek gemaak word.


2012 GSSA Awards

Written by Cem Project on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:47.

We are proud to announce that the GSSA Durban and Coastal branch received a MERIT award at the Award Ceremony held as part

of the GSSA AGM in Uniondale on the 17 March 2012. 
The team contributed over 115 000 names to the new Cemetery DVD 10.  They are also in the process of taking photos of all the graves at the Stellawood Cemetery. Members of the GSSA Durban and Coastal Branch, under leadership of Eleanor and Ken Garvie can be seen on the photograph to the rigt. (Click on the image to enlarge)

Other nominees in this category were Carol Beneke and Boet Saayman.
The competition was stiff, Carol Beneke photographed over 40 000 headstones in the various cemeteries of Port Elizabeth on her own and Boet Saayman specializes in Farm Cemeteries and recorded more than 120 farms in the Riversdale district


The Cemetery DVD Project

Written by Cem Project on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:00.

We collect name information from various sources (headstones, memorials, registers etc) and publish this data annually in DVD form.

The DVD is searchable by name, cemetery etc. DVD 12 published in March 2014 contains 636 804 names from 2981 cemeteries. cemcd 12

For further information contact the DVD Data Coordinator  Peter Moss

The DVD can be ordered from DVD Project

Cemetery Recording Reports - progress reports on the project

You will find a number of reports in our Cemetery Project Updates & Reports

Die begraafplaas DVD bevat 642 804 grafsteen transkripsies.  Dié projek is nie identies met die Fotoprojek nie.