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South African Family History

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"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root." ~ Chinese Proverb… click to continue reading

old union map

The Dutch Reformed Church has partnered with Family Search!! It's amazing!!! They have digitized almost half a MILLION images of the Dutch Reformed Church all over Africa. The countries it covers, is... Botswana Malawi Namibia South Africa Zambia Zimbabwe Specifically for South Africa, these cover 3 provinces... South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records, Stellenbosch Archive… click to continue reading


Although South Africa has only been a union since 1910 and an independent country since 1961 its immigrant history spans three and a half centuries. South Africa’s historical birth is 1652, when the Dutch landed at the Cape of Good Hope to establish a way-station to assist ships en-route to the East. From these humble beginning South… click to continue reading


The British 1820 Settlers were immigrants from the United Kingdom - who came to South Africa for various reasons and opportunities. Many South African's today have ancestors who originated from this early immigrants - arriving in SA almost 200 years ago! To learn more about the ships and passengers there are some great books you can search for on Google… click to continue reading

Family Indexing

  You can now search the THOUSANDS of South African records and names that have been indexed on   You could also sign up as a volunteer to INDEX or TRANSCRIBE (a fancy word for basically typing what you see on a record).    … click to continue reading

family search

Family Search Indexing is currently preparing the Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church records to be indexed! I was  recently a PM tester and added suggestions before they made it available to the public. Soon it will be available for all volunteers to index.  Keep checking on their Current Projects list. Please volunteer to index these… click to continue reading

The site below is awesome! Lots of good stuff for assisting you with your research. Enjoy browsing the Library of Congress COUNTRY study. South Africa is represented! // //… click to continue reading

Written in 2004 by Sharon Marshall for This is a little summary of sites and history of SA genealogy and the wave of online resources is useful for the beginners in genealogy… click to continue reading

war graves

Came across this website today: SA war graves project. Here are over 9000 names in the Country and almost 7000 specific South African names. Click here to search for more countries… click to continue reading

boer war

Nice site for a learning a bit of the history of the Anglo-Boer War. Enjoy!    The first Anglo-Boer War (1880-1881) led to South African independence in 1881. The second Anglo-Boer War (1898–1901) led to the unification of South Africa in 1910. For more on wars in South Africa click here… click to continue reading