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eGSSA, founded in 2004, 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.
The baptism register of the Uniondale Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) 1866 to 1920, has been transcribed by Carol Beneke from photographs of the original register taken by Mechelle Beneke at the Church, by agreement with the minister.
Richard Wolfaardt's team of transcribers has transcribed Cape Archives IB7 and IB8 passenger lists. These are being compared with IB9 which, in some cases, contains extra information. Added today to the eGGSA Passenger lists database is that of the Gipsy Bride, transcribed by Ray Pitt. A list of the surnames contained in this list can be seen here ....
Londonderry Standard - Thursday 01 April 1858 - Emigration to the Cape.
On Saturday, the magnificent 'Black Ball' ship Gipsy Bride, sailed for the
Cape of Good Hope, with 500 emigrants, selected by the Hon. William Field,
who has been deputed by the Cape Government to represent them in England.
They were chosen almost entirely from the pastoral districts of Scotland,
and a finer set of people have rarely left our shores. The Aurifera has been
chartered for the conveyance of emigrants to Algoa Bay, and she will leave
the Mersey on the 22d of April. Liverpool Albion.
Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive
Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire
advertiser. - Friday 09 July 1858 - Cape of Good Hope.
Dr Livingstone's expedition sailed from Table Bay on the 27th Apr8l, for the Zambesi. An elegant silver box, containing 800 guineas, had been presented to Dr Livingstone, as a testimonial, by the colonists. A proposal was made by the Governeor to establish five intermediate posts between the colony and the Zambesi, to ensure a line of monthly communication.
A fierce struggle continues on the frontier between the Bisutos and the Orange Free State. Sir G.Grey consented to act as mediator. Two Basuto towns and four French mission stations were destroyed. The colony was peaceful and prosperous.
The first batch of emigrants has arrived in the Gipsy Bride and gave great satisfaction.
Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive
Reynolds's Newspaper - Sunday 11 September 1859 - Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope.
The Cape Town Immigration Board at their last meeting, a few days before the departure of the mail, resolved to forward the following communication to the Emigration Commissioner in England.
Immigration Office, Cape Town, July 30, 1859.
The Honorable W.Field Esq., Emigration Commissioner, London.
Sir, I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of three letter from you of the 6th ultimo, acquainting me, for the information of the Immigration Board, of the departure of the Burlington with emigrants on the 30th May, and of your having chartered the Lord Raglan to convey emigrants to Table Bay, which were to embark on the 16th instant. The board instructs me to inform you that the immigrants per Bride have all taken employment, and with the exception of a few, have quitted the depot - those remaining being the parents of children suffering from measles. Several remained also for some days owing to the unfavourable state of the weather, and the difficulty existing at the present time in procuring conveyance for their removal to the interior. The wages obtained by most of them are quite equal to former rates, as will be seen by a list accompanying this. The board desires me to call your attention to the circumstance of one of the immigrants per Bride, named Simon Lucas, having died of consumption the day after his arrival, and would recommend a more strict inquiry into the health of emigrants generally, and that none be sent out but such as are and have been for some time in perfect health, and in the habit of working for wages. Lucas, according to the statement of the surgeon-superintendant, Dr Pearce, came on board in a very delicate and precarious state of health, showing evident symptoms of consumption; and it has come to the knowledge of the board that several sent out on former occasions, particularly of the Scotch per Gipsy Bride, were invalids in search of health, some of whom have died, and a few recovered. Lucas leaves a wife and six children, with the prospect of a seventh, all of whom continue at the depot at the expense of the Government. With regard to farm labourers, the board considers it most undesirable that such immigrants should be encumbered with large families, and particularly with any number of young children, such operation as a hindrance to their obtaining ready employment, the wages they receive are sometimes as inadequate to meet their expenses that they naturally feel dissatisfied, and become disheartened. The board deem sit necessary to remark upon the practice adopted in some cases by the immigrants themselves of describing a man incorrectly in regard to his trade or calling, in proof of which I herewith enclose a list of names of men who declared the were refused to be received under the head of their proper calling, but were allowed to enter themselves under some other head, in order to render themselves eligible. This false statement has given rise to considerable unpleasantness and disappointment in one or two cases; it misleads the public, and causes the immigrant who refuses employment to suffer.
The following is the scale of wages at which engagements were made in Cape Town by the immigrants per Bride: - Farm labourers £2 to £2.10s with board and lodging, and 3s to 4s per day without ditto; railway labourers, 4s6d to 5s per day; stonemasons 6s6d per day; wheelwrights 6s; sawyers, piece-work, equal to 6s to 7s per day; [s]bines makers, 5s to 7s per day; tailors, piece-work, 4s to 5s per day; painters and glaziers, £3.10s per month and found, or piece-work; brickmakers, piece-work; dressmakers, £1.10s per month and found; female cooks, £1 to £2 per month and found.
Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive
Transcription of the Cape Town Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) membership lists by Corney Keller have now been completed up to 1712. He has transcribed the earliest of such lists, 1665 to 1712, now available on the eGGSA website: Cape Town Memberships 1665-1832. More will be added in the future.
Proving your lineage can be useful for a number of reasons: citizenship, estates, family and general history.
Read More of Fleur Way-Jones's interesting contribution to the eGGSA Facebook page
Seven Bibles from the collection of the Heritage Foundation (Erfenisstigting), Pretoria have been photographed by Annelie Els and contributed to the eGGSA Bible/Family Register collection: DUPREE A., gebore 1836; ERASMUS Lodewikus Johannes, gebore 1845 & Magrietas Martins VAN DEN BERG, gebore 1844, getroud 1866; HATTINGH Johannes Dewald, D.zoon. geboren 1794 en Anna Elisabeth RETIEF geboren 1798, getroud 1812; MALAN Stephanus Petrus, gebore 1849 & Martha C.A. LOURENS, gebore 1886, getroud 1904; MOCKE F.G. & S.E. NEL getroud 1831; NAUDE Stefanus Jacobus, gebore 1872; and DU PREEZ Nicolaas Johannes Jakobus, gebore 1865.
Many thanks to Annelie Els for the photographs and to Basil Royston for captioning them.
Four Bibles have been added to the eGGSA Bible/Family Register web site: COETSEE Abraham Petrus Carolus gebore 1876 & Wilemina Lodeweika LOMBARD gebore 1881 getroud 1898, contributed by Susan (Coetsee) de Bruyn; GEYSER, Johannes Jacobus Stephanus gebore 1801 & Magdalena Susina CALITZ gebore 1910 getroud 1827, contributed by Tracey Itta; RAFFERTY, Elsie Susarah Aletta Maria born 1853 contributed by Andrea Furness (nee de Jager); and TRUTER Johannes Andries gebore 1778 & Hilletje Aletta SMIT gebore 1778 getroud 1788 contributed by Matty van Rensburg.
Our thanks to the generous contributors and to Basil Royston for captioning these. Any queries or corrections can be addressed to Richard Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariana Olivier has completed her series of tips about the online TANAP transcriptions of Cape of Good Hope estate inventories which she has been posting on FaceBook
The complete series can be found on the eGGSA web site here ...
The burial register of Christchurch (Anglican), Grahamstown, 1877-1917, has been transcribed by Lorraine Beechey using William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 17 633, by agreement with the Cory Library and the Archdiocese of Grahamstown. Brenda Gassner did the proof reading.
Passenger lists for three ships have been added to the eGSSA Passenger List Database: The Burlington, The Matilda Atheling and the Sedgemoor. These have been transcribed from Cape Archives classes IBC 7 and IBC 9 by Richard Wolfaardt and his intrepid team of volunteers, to whom our grateful thanks. A list of surnames on these three ships can be seen here ... . Queries or corrections to Richard Ball
Evening Mail - Wednesday 01 June 1859. Government Emigration - The Government emigrant vessel Burlington, 676 tons, Captain Victor Howes, sailed from Southampton on Monday, the 30th ult., for Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, with 267 emigrants under charge of Surgeon-Superintendant Samuel Leonard Crarie, M.D. The emigrants who embarked in this vessel were selected by the Hon. William Field, the officer appointed by the Colonial Government to conduct the emigrantion to the Cape of Good Hope. (Courtesy British Newspaper Archive online)
Hereford Times - Saturday 20 August 1859. Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. On the 12th inst. there were embarked at Liverpool, under the superintendance of the Hon. Mr. Field, in the ship Matilda Atheling, for Table Bay, 288 emigrants. They were principally agricultural labourers and female domestic servants, with some country masons, blacksmiths, and joiners. They comprise also 53 statute adults, under engagement with Messrs. Pickering, contractors for the Cape Town Railway. The emigration to this colony during the present year has now reached a total of 2,588 souls, exclusive of assisted passages. (Courtesy British Newspaper Archive online)
London Evening Standard - Tuesday 21 May 1861. Free Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. The Sedgemoor, of 920 tons, Captain M.W.Kett, being the 28th free emigrant ship dispatched at the colonial expense, sailed from Southampton for Table Bay on Saturday last, with a selection made from the artisans and agricultural classes by the acting emigration agent for the colony, Mr A.C. Saunders. They number 283 souls, equal to 223 statute adults, and are under the general charge of Mr. Surgeon Superintendent S.P.Chennell. Mr Saunders appointed from among them John M'Kay to be schoolmaster, Jane M'Connell to be matron, and Alice Wright to be sub-matron. The free emigration to the Cape, under the local act of 1857, has now reached a total of 8260 souls. (Courtesy British Newspaper Archive online)
I just want to say thank you for the photos that you take of graves. If it were not for you I wouldn't have been able to trace my father's father's grave. He died when my father was 2 - he will soon be 77 - and I have come across your photo of my long lost grandfather's lonley grave. Thank you. While my father is still with us we will now, after all these years, be able to take him to his father's, John R Lindsay's, grave. What an emotional moment this is going to be for us!
Monica (originally posted in Afrikaans on eGGSA Facebook).
The second part of the second volume of burials, 1837 to 1876, of St George's Church, Grahamstown, has been transcribed by Lorraine Beechey using William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 14 880-2, by agreement with the Cory Library and the Archdiocese of Grahamstown. Brenda Gassner did the proof reading.
This completes the St George's burial register photographs that we have, and these can be searched in the: eGGSA Burial Registers. Also available are the Grahamstown St George baptisms 1823-1908 and the marriages 1823-1923.
Corrections or enquiries can be directed to Richard.Ball@eggsa.org
Snippets of Information in Estate Inventories
Warning: It is not always clear from the information in the Estate Inventories who the person is that is being referred to or the location of property. More research is usually required.
MOOC8/13.10, 1766.07.25, Estate of Jacob Haager. Jan Cillie is the executor of the estate and sole heir. There are only two known Jan Cillie’s for this period, one died in 1755 and the other died a month before Jacob Haager. Possibly it’s the latter Jan Cillie, but this could not be confirmed.
MOOC8/17.31a, 1779.05.22, Estate of Dirk Pretorius. Amongst others, Dirk Pretorius owed money to Henricus Kronenburg and Johannes le Sueur.
MOOC8/20.45, Undated, Estate of Maria Lombard & Pieter Willem van Zyl. Money is owed to the estate by various people who bought animals from the deceased: Jacob de Villiers who bought 3 oxen and 3 cows; Willem van Zyl Frederikzn who bought 1 ox; Pieter Cilliers, Joh: Swart Jacobzn, Pieter Rossouw and Jan Gideon de Weeger who each bought a castrated sheep.
MOOC8/21.32, 1795.05.11, Estate of Josua Joubert. He owned the farm Welbedagt situated in the Wagenmakers Vallij and a homestead on two loan farms: Elands Jagt situated on the Molenaars Rivier in de Toits Cloof and de Varkens Kop situated in agter de Sneewberg, in Brakke Riviers Veld.
MOOC8/39.28, 1822.01.21, Estate of Elisabeth Catharina van der Westhuizen. Amongst other debt, money is owed to Guill: Joh:s Oberholzer M:l z:n for a wagon he made; to Rudolph Nagel for looking after 15 horses for 7 months and to Ger:t Pet:s Visser Jan z:n for cash borrowed from him.
MOOC8/40.67, 1823.06.03, Estate of Richard Stear. He was born in London and died on 16 April 1823 at 3pm on the farm of Hermanus Steyn Joh:s zoon, named Leuwe Rivier, situated in the district of Swellendam.
Moveable Property of Deceased in Estate Inventories
Sometimes the inventory is a long list of moveable property without any indication of its location, but some inventories do list the location of the moveable property.
The inventory of Jan Christiaan Roode (MOOC8/13.59, 1768.01.08) is an example.
In the room on the right (camer ter regterhand), in the kitchen (combuijs), in the attic/loft
(zolder), in the cellar (kelder), in the stable (stal), etc.
This inventory has many references to wigs (paruijke) which gives the
the deceased was either a wigmaker or traded in materials required to make wigs.
The inventory of Elisabeth Catharina van der Westhuizen (MOOC8/39.28, 1822.01.21), on the other hand, is an example of the other kind.
There are four pages listing miscellaneous movable property: 1 crow-bar (koevoet), 4 spades (graaven), 2 pieces of wood (stukken hout), 1 old bed (oude katel), 1 small bottle of turpentine (botteltje terpentyn), 5 cups (kopjes) & 10 saucers (pierings), 1 woollen blanket (wolle combaars), 132 buttons (11 doezyn knoopen), 2 hats (hoeden), 1 silver watch (zilver horlogie), 3 knives (messen), 1 glass (glas), etc., etc., etc.
From many of the items listed in her inventory one gets the impression that she was a seamstress.
Photographs of two Bibles have been generously contributed to the eGGSA Bible Collection: the Bible of Jacobus Ludewickus MACKENZIE and Ann France FISCHER getroud 1907, contributed by Lee McGovern on behalf of Evelyn Kenmuir, and the bible of Arnoldus Gerhardus Marthinus KUYS and Emily Mary VAN DER RIET, contributed by Jimmy Kuys.
Seven Bibles photographed by members of the West Gauteng Branch of the GSSA at the Johnnesburg Public Library have been added to the Bibles Collection - BONHAM John Samuel & Lucy Ann PARSONS, COOMBE Richard & Emily WILLS, FRIJLINCK Thomas Philippus & Hendrina Helena V HEERDEN, KRUGER Hendrik Gerrit Lodewyk & Maria Magdalena Kathrina, LOWTHER Thomas & Margaret DIVER, POWELL Thomas Meredith & Susanna Maria GARDNER, PRETORIUS Jacobus Stephanus Franzoois.
Also three Bibles contributed by Neels Coertse: COERTSE Cornelius Johannes & Anna Elizabeth Wilmiena KLIJNGELD, HAYCOCK Johannes Gerhardus Henderick en Dorothea MAREE, WHITE Albert Johannes Augustus gebore 1852 & Anna VILJOEN.
To Neels Coertse and his team of helpers, Lucas Rinken and Giel Nel, many thanks.
Lynn Couperthwaite has updated the contents listing for Genesis, the journal and newsletter of the eGGSA branch, to include all issues up to the end of 2014.
Photographs of two new Bibles have been added to the Family Bible/Register collection; one of the Deale family 1848, contributed by Charlie Els; and one contributed by Basil Royston for Joseph Royston and Mary Owen 1846. Thank you to the contributors and photographers who make this collection possible.
Many, many thanks too to Hobbie Stofberg who organised and captioned this whole collection but has, unfortunately, had to retire from the job. We welcome as the new editor of this collection, Fr. Basil Royston.
Corrections or queries may be addressed to Richard.Ball@eggsa.org
The second part of the fourth volume of marriages, 1871-1923, of St George's Church, Grahamstown, has been transcribed by Lorraine Beechey using William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 14 879-3 part 1, by agreement with the Cory Library and the Archdiocese of Grahamstown. Brenda Gassner did the proof reading.
This completes the St George's marriages from 1823 to 1923 and these can be searched in the: eGGSA Marriage Registers. Also available are the Grahamstown St George baptisms 1823-1908 and the burials 1823-36.
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Allan Beeby has contributed his transcription of the immigrants arriving on the Duchess of Northumberland from the newspaper The Cape of Good Hope Exchange Gazette, May 1850
The transcription of the third volume of baptisms, 1883-1908, of Holy Trinity Church, King William's Town, has been completed by Brenda Gassner from William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 19 189/3, by agreement with the Cory Library.
This completes the Holy Trinity baptism from 1849 to 1908 and these can be searched in the: eGGSA Baptism Registers.
Richard Wolfaardt's team of transcribers has completed the transcription of the passenger lists contained in the Cape Archives classs PWD 2-753, consisting arrivals at Cape Town, between December 1873 and 1876, of 71 ships and 669 immigrant names. The surnames of immigrants can be found on here. These transcriptions are included in the eGGSA Passenger List Database which now contains details of 1794 voyages and 79,184 passenger names between 1850 and 1911.
These particular listings do not include the names of wives and children when they accompanied male immigrants but do mention that they did so and usually give the age and sex of the children.
Many thanks to Alta Griffiths for photographing the documents, to the Western Cape Archives for permission to do so and to the transcribers: James Anderson, John Deare, Basil G Royston, Ray Pitt and Richard Wolfaardt.
Carol Beneke has updated her ongoing database derived from the burials register at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Port Elizabeth
All burials up to the middle of April 2015 are now included - eGGSA Burials.
Photographs of the gravestones in this cemetery are also available in the eGGSA Gravestones in South Africa collection.
Allan Beeby has contributed transcriptions of four notices of new arrivals which he has transcribed from the newspaper The Cape of Good Hope Exchange Gazette which appears to have been published in Cape Town between 1850 and 1851 - these are the immigrant lists for the ships Dalhousie, Zenobia and Collingwood in 1850 and the Diadem in 1851.
The final settler returns for each party, transcribed from CO48/47 at the National Archives, Kew, London, are being added to the web site by Sue Mackay who is transcribing them from the originals at Kew. With the exception of capital letters for surnames, the tables are true transcriptions of the file in the National Archives, although occasionally comments have been added by the transcriber in square brackets.
These returns formed the basis of The Settler Handbook by M.D. Nash although there are some differences, as she used returns held at the Cape as well. Earlier versions of the returns can often be found amongst the 1819 settler correspondence.
Lizette Svoboda from Thailand has added the years 1810 to 1816 to her transcript of the Swartland (Malmesbury) NGK baptismal registers. These are now included in the eGGSA Baptisms database.
The names of 260 immigrants who arrived at Cape Town between November 1883 and January 1885 have been added to our Passenger Lists database. These have been transcribed by Richard Wolfaardt from the Cape Archives listing PWD 2-756 using photographs taken by André van Wyk.
A list of the surnames added can be found here
Congratulations to all our participants. The winner was the Burger Familie web site.
A big thank you to Dewald, Richard, Gina, André, Josey and Sarel for participating in our competition; as well as those who supported us with their votes.
The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded on 18th June 1964 on the farm Joostenberg at Muldersvlei, near Stellenbosch, on the initiative of the then owner, Mr Philip Myburgh.
To celebrate the 50th anniverssary of the event a memorial stone was unveiled at Joostenberg on Wednesday 18th June 2014. The monument was donated by the Myburgh family league and the farm Joostenberg is still the owned by the Myburgh family.
For a full account of the occasion with many pictures please see GenZA.org.za
The third volume of marriages, 1836-49, of St George's Church, Grahamstown, has been transcribed by Lorraine Beechey using William Jervois' photographs of the original register in the Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, MS 14 879-22, by agreement with the Cory Library.
This completes the St George's marriages from 1823 to 1849 and these can be searched in the: eGGSA Marriage Registers.
34 Bibles with family inscriptions have been added to the eGGSA Bible collection, making a total of 318 of these very valuable items.
These were photographed by Neels Coertse of the West Gauteng Branch of the GSSA at the Museum Africa in Johannesburg. Thanks to all three for their generosity in making these availabe to everyone.
And with special thanks to Hobbie Stoffberg for cataloguing and captioning them all.
Sue Mackay has photographed some further British Settler letters from CO48, English National Archives at Kew, covering the years 1830 to 1834 inclusive and has started transcribing them for the 1820 Settler Correspondence section of the eGGSA web site.
The new transcriptions can be seen under Post 1820 Letters menu item on the right hand side. Completed so far are the 1830 letters of Richard ADDISON re Timothy WILSON, George and Isaac DYASON, Samuel Hood HART, Henry MURPHY, John MURRAY re George MORGAN, and William and James WHITAKER, as well as the 1831 letters of Joseph DYASON (re son George), Thomas Jervis BIDDULPH and Duncan CAMPBELL.
The third volume of baptisms, 1883-92, 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.
This completes the Holy Trinity baptism from 1849 to 1892 and these can be searched in the: eGGSA Baptism Registers.
eGGSA, in the persons of Carol Beneke and her team, put on another successful display at the Humansdorp Museum Day at Jeffreys Bay.
It was a day with a difference, a chance I took and it worked really well. A day when we weren’t divided from the visitors by tables. A decision to combine eGSSA with the Humansdorp museum.
The museum added their genealogical stuff to ours and one large stall was made. A stall that allowed all the visitors into our space to look and brows the books, to chat to us on an equal par. So much more personal.
A really satisfying day.
The second phase of a project to index Corney Keller's transcripts of the Cape Town Dutch Reformed (NGK) registers 1665 to 1756 has been added to the BDM database.
These are the baptisms 1713-1720 indexed - they join the marriages of 1713 to 1742 - see the Birth, Marriage and Burial Registers
Corney Keller has added photographs of the Ship accounts (scheepsoldijboek) for Isaack Dalgue, who arrived at the Cape on the ship Nesserak in November 1713, to the growing collection of these documents that he maintains on the eGGSA web site: Accounts from VOC Ships' Pay Ledgers 1662-1805.
These volumes contain details of all the men and all the transactions made on a single outward bound voyage. Each time a ship departed for the east, a new ledger was compiled in duplicate. When the ship reached Batavia, in Indonesia, one copy (schaduw-kopie) was deposited there and the other copy (meester-kopie) was returned to the Netherlands. It was the copies that reached home that survived and are now in the Nationaal Archief at the Hague.
The 18th century document of Death Notifications in the Cape Archives, on the page where Dalgue's death is recorded, has a note added by Colin Graham Botha: Vide wills of the Orphan Chamber vol 11 no 29 of 1795, Will of Isak Dalque (died 6.4.1759) and Sara van Wijk wherein he states his proper name was Johannes Augustus Dreyer.
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.
The 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.
Carol Beneke has generously contributed her transcript of the Forest Hill Cemetery, Port Elizabeth, burial register (1955-2014) to the eGGSA BDM Project. Photographs of the gravestones in this cemetery are also available in the eGGSA Gravestones in South Africa collection.
eGSSA had it’s first outing for the year. 27 people went on the Hexpas Express outside De Doorns. The 6 hour trip took us deep into the Hex River Mountains.
The railway line was build in the 1870's after the discovery of diamonds in Kimberley and the mainline between the Cape and the North until 1989 when it was replaced by a shorter route.
We learned about railway tracks, bridges, gradients, plants, British soldiers in the area during the ABW, as well as the people staying in the De Doorns valley.
Six 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.
2014 is eGGSA's 10th anniversary year and the 50th anniversarty of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. It is being celebrated in many ways so keep an eye out for special events. Our challenge on the FaceBook page is to have a daily post drawing attention to something historical of South/Southern African interest that happened on that day of the month. Quite a challenge!
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.
The 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.
The register of baptisms 1849-1863 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 19 189/1, by agreement with the Cory Library. The data has been added to the searchable web site form: eGGSA Baptism Registers.
23 Bibles with family inscriptions have been added to the eGGSA Bible collection, making a total of 318 of these very valuable items.
With thanks to the contribuors: Fish River Museum, Cradock, Gereformeerde Kerke Argief Potchefstroom, NG Kerk Argief Bloemfontein, Anina du Plessis, Dora Opperman, Jacobus Tancred De Wet, Johann Montgomery van Eijk and Lodewyk Wilhelm Goosen and also to the photographers.
And with special thanks to Hobbie Stoffberg for cataloguing and captioning them all.
Sue Mackay has now completed her transcripts of extracts from the copies of the above newspaper preserved in the British National Archives at Kew - another mammoth transcription exercise completed by Sue!
Unfortuantely copies do not exist for years 1845 and 1846 in that repository but the rest 1840 to 1844 and 1847 to 1853 can be found in the Newspaper Collection along with the many other extracts from South African newspapers old and new done by many different volunteers and collected here by Sue.
In the Netherlands National Archives (Nationaal Archief, Den Haag) is a class of records know as the Ingekomen Stukken from the Cape of Good Hope. Each year the administration at the Cape sent a bundle of letters and reports to the Central Administration in the Netherlands, presumably with the return fleet. Each of these bundles of documents was accompanied by an inventory of the documents included.
Corney Keller has copied and read through, in microfilm format, all the Inventories from 1655 to 1683. Many, if not most of these state that their bundles contain 'Lijste van alle de vrijeluijden ... ' but only two have been found to still contain their lists, that of 1672-73 and 1678-79. These two confirm that these are certainly what were transcribed as the VC Muster Rolls - since there are transcripts for many more years the originals seem to have disappeared from the Hague Archives in the meantime - at all events they are not to be found in the microfilmed versions.
In addition the 1681-82 bundle of documents contains a Vrijboek, list of Freeburgers and their financial transactions with the VOC, also now available on the web site - Den Haag Lists of Freeburgers.
Photographs of 53 Bibles containing family information from the collection of the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg have been added to the Bible collection: Find them here. These were photographed and contributed by John Deare of the Natal Midland Branch of the GSSA.
All have been carefully captioned and indexed by Hobbie Stoffberg
Marcia Bezuidenhout from Australia is in the process of transcribing the list of Tulbagh district deaths included in the Tulbagh NGK church registers. These include deaths from 1744 to 1793 and then from 1816 to 1848. So far she has completed 1744 to 1775 and these have been added to the searchable database on the eGGSA web site: Burial, Cremation and Death Registers
Lizette Svoboda of Thailand has transcribed the Swartland NGK baptismal register 1745-1782 and this data is now searchable via the eGGSA Baptisms database, joining the other church registers in the BDM databases: Cape Military Chaplain, 1795-1803, 1806-1817, 1824-1839; Cape Town, the English Church (from 1847 St George's Cathedral) 1811-1839; Barkly West, St Mary (Anglican) 1878-1910; Colesberg (NGK) 1827-1843: Grahamstown, Christchurch (Anglican) 1877-1910; Grahamstown, St Bartholomew (Anglican) 1859-1912; Grahamstown, St George (Anglican) 1823-1908: Potchefstroom, St Mary (Anglican) 1891-1910; Sidbury, St Peter (Anglican) 1841-1910; Stellenbosch (NGK) 1688-1732; Tulbagh (NGK) 1743-1800.
Photographs of 64 Bibles from the Albany Museum containing family information, photographed by Johan Hefer for eGGSA and 24 similar Bibles from the Potchefstroom Library collection, photographed by Dirk Bloem for the North West Branch, have been added to the Bible collection: Find them here
All have been carefully captioned and indexed by Hobbie Stoffberg
81 people attended the weekend arranged and organised by the eGGSA branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. Talks were given by Prof Michael Whisson, Trudie Marais, Fleur Way-Jones, Liz Eshmade, Merle Martin, Prof Pat Irwin and William Jervois, covering subjects including Anthropology and Genealogy, early German settlers, heirlooms and objects, the 1820 Settlers, St Helena settlers, military history and myths and legends of family histories. The speakers were excellent; the talks interesting and well prepared.
There was also a tour of historical Grahamstown, research opportunities in the Cory Library and an organised photography session of Grahamstown graves on the Sunday.
The help and hard work of many volunteers contributed to the success of the workshop - to them all, many thanks.
Photographs of the weekend, taken by Méchelle Beneke, can be seen by clicking on the small photo above left.
Museum Day in South Africa was intended to draw attention to the plight of museums in the country and I was asked to take part in the Humansdorp Museum’s Exhibition where I was able to promote eGSSA’s Outreach Program.
Trudie Marais and I, together with our husbands Tinus and Ludwic, set off before sunrise to arrive at Jeffrey’s Bay’s Fountain Mall by 8 am to set up for the Exhibition. Before we were even finished setting up the first few eager seekers arrived. From there it became a never ending stream of people, surnames too many to remember. Some people did, however, stand out:
WILLIAMS - a young
couple now living in Mexico.
SCHARNIK - a wonderful gentleman desperate to find out all he can about his family.
OLIVIER - we could help him with the help of one of the Jeffrey’s Bay group who researches the OLIVIERs who had popped in to say hello.
DEYSEL – (German descent) we referred the seeker to a gentleman at the Exhibition who had the Deysel book, so we had another satisfied member of the public.
FOWLDS – Yvonne, looking for her parents COCKCROFT/FOWLES marriage.
ARENDT - researching his German family, he spoke to Trudie MARAIS, the leader of the German Group in Port Elizabeth.
Best of all, and I forget the surname, was a woman who knew absolutely nothing about her father’s family as he had grown up in an orphanage. She could give me his name and date of birth. We were very fortunate to find this family. Her father was one of 20 children, an absolute shock to her.
eGGSA also obtained permission to photograph an old HUMAN family register in the safekeeping of the Museum, as well as a number of family bibles. I will try to do this as soon as possible.
If you don’t mind us bragging a little, it certainly seemed to us that the eGGSA stall received by far the most attention at the Exhibition. As a result, we had a busy day helping many people and set many on the correct path.
I believe that we are reaching people who did not know that help was available - the Outreach Program is working.
Ockert Malan has added an index to the Stellenbosch NGK marriages 1788 to 1815 with images of the pages to his growing collection of transcripts and indexes - the new index can be found here in the SA Records transcribed section, and notes on the whole collection will be found in the article Stellenbosch NGK registers in the same section
Corney Keller is continuing his transcripts of the early Cape Town NGK church registers and is now working on the marriage register of 1713 to 1756. He has so far completed years 1713 to 1734 and these can be seen in the eGGSA transcript library. This project, which he began in March of 2012, so far covers the earliest church registers, from 1665 to the end of the second register book 1712, baptisms and marriages.
In addition he has transcribed the letters sent as reports to the Classis Amsterdam (the body governing the church at the Cape) by the sieckentrooster, Pieter van der Stael, for the period 1656 to 1663, before a regular minister and registers were established at the Cape. These transcripts can be found here: The Van der Stael Letters, and the birth and marriage records contained in them have been extracted and are available here: Baptisms 1653 to 1664 and Marriages 1656 to 1662.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to you and the other volunteers who have participated in the gravestone photo project. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States; your group will be at the top of my list.
My husband's great-grandfather's stone has appeared recently on your site. H N MINNAAR died in 1903 and is buried in a cemetery in Potchefstroom.
As you probably know, all of those with the surname MINNAAR are descended from the same French Huguenot who landed at the Cape in 1688. However, so far I haven't been able to fill in the large gap between that person and Hendrik Nicolaas. The blog has generated some responses from other MINNAARs, and I hope that it will help to solve this mystery.
A number of records have been added to the Passenger list database.
New to the database are the lists in the Cape Archives IBC 6 series, passenger lists of emigrant ships 1858 to 1861 - twenty ships carrying 5000 or so passengers, transcribed by Richard Wolfaardt and his international team of transcribers,
and also around 42,000 passenger from the lists of departures and arrivals found in The Colonies & India (a weekly newspaper) April 1883 to December 1888, transcribed by Trisha McLeod.
You will now find eGGSA on Facebook - click on the blue Facebook symbol to access the eGGSA page. This has been set up by June Barnes and is being maintained by June, Daan Botes, Judi Meyer and Leith Woodall. They hope you will enjoy what you will find there.
A new section has been added to the web site to bring together the many transcripts we have available. Here, at South African Records Transcribed, you can now find the Muster Rolls, and the Cape Baptisms and Marriages 1665-1696. These have been revised and corrected by Corney Keller and he has just added to them a transcript of the Cape Town NGK marriages 1696 to 1712. You will also find some earlier baptisms and marriages found in the De Stael letters to the Amsterdam Classis, that Corney found in the Amsterdam Archives who have given permission for the letters themselves to be transcribed - letter reports to Amsterdam from Peter Stael, siekentrooster at the Cape from 1654 to 1663. Also there is a transcript of the French baptism register of Drakenstein, 1694 to 1713, with translations into English.
In addition Corney has acquired scans of 25 soldijboeken of early 17th and 18th century settlers at the Cape which are displayed with the permission of the Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Nederland, and also provided a transcript to a few of them.
I am the niece of a '19 year old lad' from Manchester England who found himself in a war and a country I am certain he had little knowledge of. He tragically lost his life in January 1943 and is buried in Stellawood Cemetery, Durban. His name is Bernard Vaughan Healey, born to impoverished parents who had 7 children to feed and clothe. His childhood was miserable and before he had a chance at making a better life for himself, lost that life at such a young age. He was buried thousands of miles from home and of course no family members ever visited his grave. He has been long forgotten, his parents and siblings all long dead. I never knew him, being born 15 years after he died.
But because of the fantastic work you all have done, including those who tend and care for the graves, Bernard Vaughan Healey has been cared for more in death than he ever was in his short sad life.
He is 'at peace' in a beautiful corner of the world being watched over by angels who at the least deserve heartfelt thanks and praise for the dedicated work you all do. I will always think of you all with gratitude and praise.
When the eGGSA branch first started on Project S (the transcription of the whole of the letter S in the 1984 South African Voters' Roll, 296 668 names and addresses) we were simply just going to type forever!! You must know when the S's first arrived at my desk, I sommer put the computer off for 2 weeks, not knowing where to start. eGGSA's initial plans for handling the transcriptions were also put to bed and we had to come up with a new approach. The simplest for us was to approach anybody with even the remotest interest in the S-surnames, family and friends were also not safe.
The first of the S's were typed with the start of the Soccer World Cup in 2010. In the first quarter of this year we set ourselves a deadline for completing Project S by the end of December 2011. We typed right through the Rugby World Cup and today we won the S-CUP!!! The transcription of the letter S is now complete - 31 days BEFORE the deadline!!
Thank you so much to everyone who put so many hours into the project. We really appreciate your time, dedication, patience and friendship! I really enjoyed working with you guys! A big thank you to the S-pensioners who have offered to continue transcribing other surnames. Alta Griffiths.
The Roll of Honour ( transcriber and number of names transcribed ):
Alet Swanepoel, 4200
Alta Griffiths, 26504
Amanda Stander, 4033
Annette Goussard, 3801
Carmen van de Riet, 3570
Carol Beneke, 10542
Celeste Rachman, 20055
Dalina van Zyl, 4242
Dan Strydom, 5271
Deirdre Eygelaar, 7519
Erna Buber-de Villiers, 715
Fay Lea, 588
Frans Rudolph, 28603
Gert Schepers, 106
Glynis Millet-Clay, 1053
Hannetjie Riekert, 76550
Heleen Nel, 11602
Hobbie Stoffberg, 4819
Jacobus Swanepoel, 7119
Jacqui Foster, 273
Judi Meyer, 5271
Karn Kruger, 1764
Kobus Snyman, 3507
Lee Marais, 273
Levien Smuts, 13399
Melanie Smit, 5271
Minnie Pretorius, 2814
Paul Bosman, 819
Paxie Kelsey, 3261
Richard Atkinson, 5271
Richard Wolfaardt, 26355
Straffen Short, 462
Swannie Swanevelder, 1197
Talita Lofty-Eaton, 1764
Tanite Smart, 1029
Tobie de Villiers, 421
Wolfaardt familie, 2625 (Richard Wolfaardt, Dalina van Zyl and Henry Wolfaardt)
For some months now I have been nagging them at the Cambridge Cemetery Office for the Burial Register of the Berlin (Eastern Cape) Cemetery.
The lady at the Berlin Office. whom I know personally and who has lived in Berlin all her life, tells me that some years ago someone from the Town Office (Buffalo City) sent a courier out to collect the register, which now appeared to be lost?
Quite by chance, about three weeks ago, I mentioned this to a staff member who happened to be at the Cambridge Office. He told me he was sure he had seen the Register at the Mdantsane Office, just outside East London, and gave me the cellphone number of one of the supervisors whom he knew out there, I contacted the man and made arrangements for the register to be brought to the Cambridge Office.
Berlin is about 40 kilometres from East London. on the road to King William’s Town. It became part of East London in 1973, until which time it had its own Village Management Board. It was well populated with descendents of early German Settlers (hence the name).
There are very few descendants of the original German settlers now living permanently in Berlin but I am told that some of those who once lived there, when they pass on, are having their ashes, together with a Memorial Stone, placed on the grave of their parents.
I have now photographed and transcribed the register. The transcript can be searched on the eGGSA Burials page.
We can organise the photographing of documents from the South African Archives at Pretoria (TAB), Bloemfontein (VAB), Pietermaritzburg (NAB) and Durban(TBD).
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This web site, created by Andre van Rensburg, is now maintained by the eGGSA branch of the GSSA.
It provides details of South African progenitors (stamouers / original immigrants) and their children. The information is provided by contributors. All progenitors, whatever the date of their arrival, can be included.
Information includes only the progenitors' immediate families, not further descendants.
You can access it here: Stamouers.com
providing genealogical skill development through information, publications, research education, and networking opportunities.
establishing important links with other groups world-wide.
increasing public awareness of opportunities for discovering family history.
promoting interest in the fascinating field of genealogy.
promoting a number of projects aimed at expanding the availability of South African genealogical sources online.
For many years, there have been people who, for various reasons, could not join a regular GSSA branch. Some of these reasons include living too far from a branch or living outside South Africa. These people still have a need to belong to a branch and to enjoy the benefits of GSSA membership, such as receiving GSSA's journal, Familia. eGSSA has been established to meet these needs. This is an ideal opportunity to become part of GSSA and to step into this exciting era.
At eGSSA we have an online shop where you can buy the various publications of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, as well as a number of other genealogical, historical and cultural items.
There are indexes to the articles in Familia, the quarterly journal of the GSSA and those in genesis, journal of eGGSA itself. In addition we now have a download library with som.e free books in pdf format, a number of documents from the South African Archives as well as photographs of graves in South African cemeteries.
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