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Founded in 2004, eGGSA is the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, and provides a virtual home for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

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More VOC Ships' Pay Ledger Accounts (soldijboeken)

Johan Diedericks has extracted from the data at National Archief at the Hague, 123 more of these VOC employees who settle at the Cape of Good Hope, and made them available onthe eGGSA web site. They have now joined those previously extracted by Lizette Svoboda, on the Stamouers.com section of our web site. Our thanks go to Johan and Lizette for making their hard work available. 

VOC (Dutch East India Company) Accounts from Ships' Pay Ledgers, 1662-1805, contain information about many of its employees who settled at the Cape. Below are a number of excerpts from the online links to the Nationaal Archief (The Hague, Netherlands) web sites gahetNA and VOC - Opvarenden which seem likely to refer to those settlers. If you have any to add, please copy to a Word document and email them to the Stamouers editor.

The Nationaal Archief is making a huge effort to digitize the complete collection of the VOC and they hope to have it completed by 2017.

As of May 2016 almost all the Zeeland accounts have been digitized and put online, a large number of the Amsterdam ledgers are currently being scanned and should be available at the end of May or early June; the next batch is already planned.

For an introduction to these Ships' Accounts (soldijboeken) please see Corney Kellers' explanation on the Rekeningen uit de Scheepssoldijboeken 1662-1805 page.

800 000 Gravestone photos on the eGSSA website!!

Congratulations to Riana le Roux and her team of volunteers for this outstanding achievement. It is the product of many years of hard work, patience and dedication.

A big thank you to all of you going out to the cemeteries to take the photos, to those of you doing all the uploads onto the website, indexing the photos and cemeteries, maintaining our website. The project is extremely valuable to us and we appreciate your contributions.

The project is growing so fast that we are looking forward to the next milestone.

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Adelaide baptisms 1861-1909

The Adelaide, Christ Church (Anglican), baptisms 1861-1909, of which the original is in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 19 063, have been transcribed by Patricia Putter. Originally published on the Rootsweb Eastern Cape mailing list, this data, by the kind agreement of the transcriber, and as per the eGGSA agreement with the Cory Library, has now been added to the searchable BDM data on the eGGSA web site: eGGSA Baptism Registers.

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King William's Town baptisms 1863-1883

KWT-HT-bap-1863-83The second volume of baptisms 1863-83 of Holy Trinity Church, King William's Town, has been transcribed by Brenda Gassner from William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 19 189/2, by agreement with the Cory Library. The data has been added to the searchable web site form:eGGSA Baptism Registers.

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Forest Hill Cemetery added to eGGSA BDM Project

ForestHillCarol Beneke has generously contributed her transcript of the Forest Hill Cemetery, Port Elizabeth, burial register (1955-2014) to theeGGSA BDM Project. Photographs of the gravestones in this cemetery are also available in the eGGSA Gravestones in South Africa collection.

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New additions to Bible collection

bible-2014Feb-16Six new items have been added to the Family Bible/Register collection; surnames Cronje and Farr, contributed by Charlie Els; two Froneman Bibles contributed by Barbara Fourie; and two Grobbelaar Bibles from Hendrik Grobbelaar. Thank you to all the contributors and photographers who make this collection possible.

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Cape Town NGK marriages 1713-1756 completed

Corney Keller has completed his transcription of the NGK marriage register 1713-1756 and these are now available on the eGGSA web site

The transcription was done from the Cape Archives Verbatim copies document VC 621 which is a photocopy of the original register, this last now housed in the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G1-13/1.

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Swartland (Malmesbury) NGK baptisms 1783-1809 transcribed

SwartlandThe second baptismal register of the Swartland Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk congregation has been transcribed by Lizette Svoboda from Thailand. This data has been added to the searchable data in the eGGSA Baptism Registers.

It is interesting to note in this register that the female name Huibregtje, the Dutch form of Huberta, as found in the 1700s, has changed by the early 1800s to the modern Afrikaans form of Huibrecht, now a female name in Afrikaans, but which in Dutch is a male name, ie. Hubert.

The data has been transcribed from photographs of the Cape Archives document VC 667, a photocopy of the original register which is housed in the NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as document G5 3/3.

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King William's Town, Holy Trinity Church baptisms 1849-1863

KWT baptisms 1849-63The register of baptisms 1849-1863 of Holy Trinity Church, King William's Town, has been transcribed by Brenda Gassner fromWilliam Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 19 189/1, by agreement with the Cory Library. The data has been added to the searchable web site form: eGGSA Baptism Registers.

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