Cemetery Recording Project

We aim to preserve the genealogical information contained in cemeteries in South Africa and elsewhere of South African interest, recording, processing and safekeeping of cemetery information.

We collect all information contained in cemeteries, including headstone data, burial registers, memorials and cremation plaques, and we extract 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.

There are two main areas of the project:

  • The DVD project, where indexed information is published annually in DVD form;
  • The eGSSA Photo Project, where headstone photos are made available free of charge via the internet. 

Endangered and small cemeteries have the highest priority. We are especially concerned with the collection of information from the very many farm cemeteries that exist throughout South Africa. These have no burial registers - the only data is contained on the headstones and these are subject to neglect and damage.

We give credit and acknowledgement to Recorders and make the information gathered accessible to researchers.

The project is entirely voluntary.

Vir praktiese doeleindes is hierdie gedeelte van die webblad slegs in Engels beskikbaar.  U is egter welkom om u navrae ook in Afrikaans aan ons te rig.


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

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The DVD is searchable by name, cemetery etc. DVD 11 published in March 2013 contains 571,665 names from 2948 cemeteries. 

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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 571,665 grafsteen transkripsies.  Dié projek is nie identies met die Fotoprojek nie.


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.

Copy of Welgevonden 013a The albums presently contain over 486 000 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.
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eGSSA webpage:  http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php

Die eGGSA webblad huisves meer as 486 000 grafsteenfoto's.  U is welkom om ons te besoek, vir ons nog foto's te stuur en te help met die indeksering.

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.

dirk 2The North West branch received a merit award for their major contribution to both the DVD and Photo Project.  The team recorded all the graves 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!


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.  The first batch of the photos can be viewed at http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php

Durban Coastal branch volunteers

Members of the GSSA Durban and Coastal Branch, under leadership of Eleanor and Ken Garvie.

Other nominees in this category were Carol Beneke and Boet Saayman.

Baie geluk aan die Durban en Kustak wat 'n meriete toekenning ontvang het vir hulle harde werk in die Stellawood begraafplaas.  Die tak het meer as 115 000 name bygedra tot die Begraafplaas DVD 10.  Hulle is ook besig om die hele begraafplaas te fotografeer vir ons Fotoprojek.

Die kompetisie was egter sterk.  Carol Beneke het 'n nominasie ontvang omdat sy vrou alleen meer as 40 000 grafte in Port Elizabeth afgeneem het en vir ons ingestuur het.  Boet Saayman spesialiseer in plaasgrafte en hy het meer as 120 plase opgeteken in die Riversdal distrik.