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Namibian Graves earns photographer a merit award

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 Cemetery DVD Project

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

The DVD is searchable by name, cemetery etc. DVD 13 published in March 2015 contains 702 128 names from 3010 cemeteries. 

For further information contact the DVD Data Coordinator Peter Moss.

The DVD can be ordered from the e-shop on

Cemetery Recording Reports

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


Die begraafplaas DVD bevat 702 128 grafsteen transkripsies.  Dié projek is nie identies met die Fotoprojek nie.

The eGSSA photo project


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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 600 000 headstone photos, and over 18 000 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 Riana le Roux

PO Box 755, Barberton, 1300.

For further information use this link: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

eGSSA webpage:

Die eGGSA webblad huisves meer as 600 000 grafsteenfoto's.  U is welkom om ons te besoek, vir ons nog foto's te stuur en te help met die indeksering.

GGSA Google Earth

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.

Cemetery Newsletter

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.

Merit Award to North West

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!