Our Business is Genealogy

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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 the 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 like minded 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.

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Here is an example of the

research done by one of our genealogists, Jeanette Clements and the obstacles she encountered.     There was a wall to cross during the research done on the CLEMENTS, we have not yet found the progenitor, but keep on researching. (It's not the Clementz as in the South African Families Book), they are Clements from England, with inter alia John James CLEMENTS born *1872 in Middelburg, Cape. During the Anglo - Boer War, he was a member of the Rimington Tigers and was awarded a VC for bravery. Here is the point that we came to a dead end. His parents’ name are only mentioned on his sister's death notice, but does not appear in anyone of the descendants (Higgs CLEMENTS x Mary PRETORIUS) documents. The search goes on.


Click here to see the researh done by Jeanette

The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded on 18 June 1964 on the historical farm Joostenberg.

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Since then the { society  has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. The picture on the left is of the 11 founding members of the society. 

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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.

 One of the goals of the GSSA, is to produce Family Registers and other Genealogical Products making it available to family researchers. We assist with preparing members' research for printing or writing it to CD. The GSSA also act as a publisher to assist with marketing the completed product.- click here to have a look at the products available - also look at the eGSSA website.

The GSSA has thirteen branches spread across the country. There is also an electronic branch called the e-GSSA. As the name implies it operates in the cyber world. Please click on the branch bar on this page to read more about the branches.

The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded in 1964. Since then the society has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. The picture on the left is of the 11 founding members of the society.

Contact us.
There are two options. You can click on one of the branch menus and select the branch of your choice. When you click on the particular branch you can locate the contact us menu on the right hand side of the page and send your request to one of the contact persons of that branch.  Alternatively you can click on query by genza.org .za and send your request via the contact form from where it will be sent to the approriate party for a reply.