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HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

The Immigrant Ancestors Project is a run from The Center For Family History and Genealogy and is based at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, USA. It is making great progress and many records are being extracted on this FREE searchable database. There are numerous "sections" viz. British, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian and Dutch… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

I was always frustrated at trying to find information  about my South African Ancestors. I felt like there were all these secondary sources eg South African Genealogies (Suid-Afrikaanse Gelagsregisters), Compiled lineages and biographies, but when it came to primary sources I was left to fumble my way through the archives. I then discovered NAAIRS (National… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

The world is getting smaller. This is partly because of the cheaper and more accessible means of communication. Especially for South African as the internet industry is growing rappidly as more people get online. The last couple of years has seen South Africans have become some of the top users to social networking groups like… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

Here is a link to an Afrikaans search engine: Rieme.co.za. Some of you may find it useful! It also has a page - WOORDEBOEK - where you can use to translate words into  English or Afrikaans. It is in no way comprehensive but it useful for some words, give it a try. However, I would… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

I posted a link to the website on German genealogy before, but I was searching for my ancestors Carl Krause today and came across this page again that has a transcribed table from the book "The Berlin Missionaries in South Africa and their decendants" by Zoellner and Heese. While it is a secondary source, transcribed… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

In South African slang "Cousin" means "friend" and "Howzit" means "how are you?" How are you all my genealogy friends? I have been exploring Google groups this week and came accross someones note on Cousin Connect. I was plesantly surprised with what I found, when I searched for it. While I still need to play… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

As I posted before I was going to put this blog on a hiatus  for 18 months, that hiatus turned into 2 years. The good news it that I'm back blogging! I have change the appearance and will make other layout adjustments over time, however my primary focus will be to add tips and tools… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

An important part of research is to keep track of what you have searched and what you find (even if you find nothing). This is important because eventually you will forget, especially when you have large time gaps between your researching or your volume increases.    … click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

A friend shared this site with me a little while ago, and it is definitly one of the best kept secrets of the web. You can translate words or portions of text from numerous languages into English or from Engligh into many languages. This is very helpful as a genealogist doing research in other counties… click to continue reading

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY

I discovered this site the other day while doing a research for one of my history classes. SA History is a wonderful site that I highly recommend. I love its layout too, very cool. This is a great place to start some back ground research on place or things in South Africa's past. Make sure… click to continue reading