Welcome to the Collection of Funeral Programs

In loving Memory. This collection is dedicated as a Tribute to Family and Friends who made a difference to us.

This is a joint project of the GSSA and the SAGenealogy mailing list with GSSA acting as host for the collection of Funeral Programs.

GSSA's approach to the album: When Funeral Programs are submitted for publication, GSSA automatically assumes that the contributor has obtained the necessary permission or consent from the families concerned and accepts no responsibility for this. Funeral Programs are only published after a year or more from the Date of Death - any Programs sent to us prior to the 12 month period will be placed on hold until the period expires.

Funeral Programs are packed with useful genealogical information - they have all been indexed and arranged alphabetically and are fully searchable. Surnames with pre-fixes eg. de Beer, du Plessis, van der Merwe, du Toit, le Roux, etc. are filed according to the main part of the surname eg. Beer, Plessis, Merwe, Toit, Roux etc.

We have captioned the pictures with names and dates as they appear in the programs themselves. If you have any questions or contributions, or if you find an error has been made please contact me, Wilma Jansen van Vuuren.

When Funeral Programs are submitted to GSSA for publication, GSSA automatically assumes that the contributor has obtained the necessary permission / consent from the family concerned.GSSA does not accept any responsibility to obtain permission / consent from families concerned before publishing Funeral Programs submitted by individual contributors.An embargo is placed on publishing any Funeral Programs within one year of Date of Death. In the meantime, please submit Funeral Programs for which permission was granted / obtained to:These will be processed but will only be available to the public after one year from Date of

The obituary funeral program is vitally important as it contains real world data that can be used for genealogical and historical purposes.
The collection provides extensive genealogical information about the deceased, including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives, past residences, and place of burial. Alongside this genealogical information, the obituaries provide a rich source of local history.
The Funeral Programs have all been indexed and arranged alphabetically, which makes it easier for the researcher to locate the data. The data is also fully searchable on the Search Engine.
Should you have more Funeral Programs to contribute, or if you want to assist with the labelling process, please contact  the project co-ordinator.
Wilma Jansen van Vuuren

Funeral Programs Report

In future all photographs of Funeral Programs will only be available on the new GGSA webpage. These photographs were labelled, sorted and indexed behind the scenes.

Four months later, by March 2011, there were 5 880 photographs on the webpage. The collection grows and by August 2011 there are 8 037 photographs on the webpage. The public can view 7 755 of these photographs and 282 are behind the scenes. With the intended launch of the new website in mind, many long hours were spent on the project. By the end of October 2011 there were 8 818 photographs on the webpage. Of these the public can view  8 316 and 502 are behind the scenes. On 7 November 2011 the website goes live.

North West Branch makes the Susan Schutte collection (7 935 photographs) available to be hosted on the GSSA webpage. The processing hereof is very time consuming as all photographs must first be converted from .pdf format to .jpg format before it can be uploaded to the web. Only then can the labeling, sorting and indexing behind the scenes start.

On 10 March 2010 there are 11 910 photographs on the webpage. The public has access to 8 922 and  2 988 are behind the scenes.

Contributions were made by:

Some of these contributors previously uploaded their photographs to Fotki.

Alta Griffiths, Alwyn du Plessis, Amanda Matthyse, André van Wyk, Andrew dippenaar, Anita Basson, Ann Tiran, Barbara Greyling, Cecelia Brand, Celia Fourie, Charlie Els, Christiaan Barnard, Christine Bester, Christo Heymans, Dawid de Klerk, Delia Rollandi, Disa Corrigall, East Cape Branch (Liz Eshmade), Elizabeth Teir, Elma van Wijk, Estelle van Staden, Fanie Blignaut, Fanie Buys, Gerda Joubert, Gerhard Geldenhuys, Gert Coertzen, Helena Garner, Helene Lombard, Hendrik Louw, Hennie Steyn, Hendrik Noeth, Hentie Liebenberg, Hobbie Stoffberg, Jaleen de Beer, Janet Uys, Johan & Maritha Prinsloo, Johan Viktor, Jon & Lettie Dreyer, Kiepie (Frans) Human, Kobus Snyman, Len Combrink, Lizette Uys,  Louis Hurn, Marietta van Zyl, Michelle Robinson, Nadie Marais, Natalie da Silva, Nic Jacobs, Nicky Lategan, Nita du Plessis, Noordwes-tak Susan Schuutte versameling, Ockert Malan, Paul Els, Petrus Fourie, Pieter du Venage, Ria van den Heever, Richard Wolfaardt, Rini Sheffler, Sarel Burger, Simon du Plooy, Sunelia Heath, Suzette Bothma, Theodorus Maree.

Helped with transcriptions:

Amanda Addison, Fanie Blignaut, Franci Merry, Glynnis Millet-Clay, Len Combrink, Sunelia Heath.

Contact the project coordinator should you want to contribute.

Wilma Jansen van Vuuren 


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