1st Article - 1820 Settlers the story

1st Article - 1820 Settlers the story

In the latter stages of the 17th century and in the early stages of the 18th century the dominant population groups in the Eastern Cape area were the white cattle farmers and the black cattle farmers. Both groups were constantly looking for more land on which their cattle could graze. These opposing groups clashed in a series of skirmishes or wars.

Colonel John Graham was the originator of the plan to settle a large group of Scottish Highlanders in this area. He was in charge of the British troops at a fort in the area. The fort later becomes Grahams Town. The plan was not implemented due to the fact that Britain was still involved in the war with Europe and emigration schemes were not priorities.

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Welcome to the 1972 Voters Roll Project - Rhino

Rhino1972 Voters Roll Project - Rhino

The Rhino project has entered a new phase! Phase 1 was to photograph all the pages of the 1972 Voters Roll. Thanks to branches supporting the project and a sponsorship of US$4500, that is now done! All 105 000 photographs have been taken.

We are now moving on to phase 2, where the PDF's will be converted to OCR to make is searchable. This will take some time as the project has to be outsourced and we have to generate the necessary funds. At this stage GSSA can offer you selective surnames in PDF format.

Administration fee: R50 per surname, this includes the first 10 pages.  Thereafter, R1 per page if your chosen surname includes more than 10 pages.  The images will be sent to you via Dropbox.

Orders can be placed with Annemarie Dreyer, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Click here to download the order form

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Goals and Objectives

  • To promote and facilitate interest and research in genealogy and family history to present members, to the genealogical hobbyist and to all members of the public who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history.
  • To promote general understanding of Genealogy and its value, to understand and maintain professional status and dignity for genealogists amongst members of the Genealogical Society of South Africa and the general public.
  • To encourage the observance of the highest standards of research by members of the Society.
  • To provide a wide range of educational courses, research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members, as well as any other service or assistance as may from time to time be decided upon by the National Council of the GSSA.
  • To encourage and develop links with Family History Societies.
  • To establish and maintain contact with like minded Societies throughout the world.
  • To establish a certification program to promote the reliability, professionalism and integrity of all South African Genealogists and Record Researchers.
  • To assist in the preservation of all genealogical records and memorabilia.

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Why become a member and How to Join

The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) that was established in 1964 has twelve branches of which eleven are land based and one which is an electronic branch catering for members worldwide, via the internet. Each branch arranges its own activities and meets all year round apart from December and January. More information can be gleaned by visiting the branch pages of www.genza.org.za. Members  become close friends and are more than happy to assist newcomers with their research. Many a dead end has been resolved by discussing the issue with a fellow genealogist.

  • We promote and facilitate:-
    • Interest & research in Genealogy and Family history to present members, to the genealogical hobbyist & to all members of the public who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history.
    • We promote general understanding of Genealogy and its value
  • We provide:
    • a wide range of educational courses
    • each branch has a unique library
    • a vast list of product for sale
    • research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members
  • We encourage and develop links with Family History Societies & the National Archives
  • Each branch arranges it’s own program for the year and often includes:
    • Guest Speakers
    • Outings to history societies i.e. Family Search & the National Archives
    • Training on the various platforms
    • Even assisting in product development

We look forward to welcoming you to our family. Join today and discover your past!


Membership fees for the Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) are laid out as follows:

Membership fees mean you belong to the GSSA National AND a home branch and you receive the quarterly publication Familia depending on your option choice:

Option 1 - Familia in electronic format only Fee R250

Option 2 - Familia in Hard copy Fee R360 (RSA only)

Option 3 - Familia in Hard copy Fee R590 (Abroad)

These fees excludes the branch fees. When you decide to join you will be allocated to a particular branch e.g. Johannesburg Branch, Vaal Triangle Branch, Western Cape Branch, etc. There are 12 land based  branches and 1 Cyber branch called the eGSSA- this is a web based branch.
The various branches of the GSSA in some instances levy an additional mandatory fee for the newsletter of the branch, this differs from branch to branch.

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here Mermbership Application 2020 and all the relevant information you require is on this form.
There are two options to choose from should you wish to become a member of the GSSA
1)     Download the relevant Application form above, decide on the branch that you would like to join and pay the applicable fees. Send your completed from to the address on the form and you will be notified via email of your membership.
2)    You can join via the eGSSA branch. Visit this page: http://www.eggsa.org/sales/eshop_e_dc_membership.htm and follow the instructions. The membership fee of the eGSSA consists of three elements, i.e. membership of the GSSA; membership of the eGSSA and optional member of a land based branch as well.

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