Welcome to the Western Cape Branch of the Genealogicial Society of South Africa 

TafelbaaiAfter the Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded in 1964 on the farm Joostenberg in theFacebook Logo then Cape Province the Society first functioned as a nationwide organization. 

On June 4, 1986, the Western Cape established their own branch of the Society .Dave Mitchell was the first chairman. The branch serves the Peninsula, West Coast, Boland and Overberg. Membership however is not limited to these areas.

The Western Cape branch is a genealogically active group and meet every second Saturday of the month at SASNEV (Suid-Afrikaanse Sentrum vir Nederland en Vlaandere), 4 Central Square, Pinelands, Cape Town. Meetings usually involves a speaker on a topic of interest and then socializing afterwards. Sometimes trips to historic sites are also undertaken. The branch also has a branch library that may be consulted by the members that is also accomodated at SASNEV.

The branch publish the quarterly, Capensis, distribute a quarterly newsletter, has a Facebook page and several interesting activities are undertaken, eg the Cemetery project, workshops and exhibitions by exhibition team. These activities have won some of the branch members numerous awards.

Good cooperation also exists among others with, The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA); Huguenot Association of South Africa (HASA); the Drakenstein Heemkring; the Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Tygerberg Museum, the Cape Town Family History Society and Cape Town Family Research Forum.

Postal address: P.O. Box 4674, Tyger Valley, 7536 

13 July 2019 Branch Meeting

GSSA branch meeting July 19

Dear member,

Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was the first director of the East London Museum and an important pioneering scientist and conservationist. Mike Bruton, who knew Marjorie since childhood, has written the first biography of her fairy-tale life, in many ways stranger than fiction. Although she is best known for her role in the discovery of the first living coelacanth, Marjorie also achieved international ac-claim for many other discoveries and achievements. While researching her life story, Mike was also able to construct a genealogy for the Latimer family, which led to the discovery of a few surprises and even some family scandals. Marjorie lived a story worth telling and her life is a classic example of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Professor Mike Bruton was born and educated in South Africa, where he obtained his PhD degree from Rhodes University. He initially followed a career in marine biology but, over the past two decades, has focused on sci-ence centre and museum design and development, the psychology of learning, and the history of Islamic science. He has received many international awards and honors, including the Fellowship of the Royal Society of South Africa (1984), Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académique from France (2001), Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Science and Technology Forum, South Africa (2001), and an Emeritus Professorship from the University of Cape Town (2004).

SASNEV Simone Kay 0845925935 GGSA Wes-Kaap
Central Square/ Phil Beck 0824677805  Non-profit Organization
Sentraalplein, Pinelands
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Committee - 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Western Cape branch took place on Saturday 19 January, 14:00
At this meeting, Simone Kay was re-ellected  Chairperson.

2019 Committee

Front row (left to right): Pam Beck (Secretary), Simone Kay (Chair), Margaret Gundry
Back row (left to right): Paul le Roux, Phil Beck (Vice Chair), Douglas Reid
(Treasurer, Webmaster & Technology)

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