Wednesday, 03 February 2010


The West Gauteng Branch has a newly designed blog.
  CLICK HERE to be redirected.  
Please note that the address of the new blog is:
Please bookmark it/include it in your favourites. The difference between the old and new blog address is only one letter: 
  • The address of this (old) blog will remain until further notice. This (old) blog will also remain on the internet permanently as it contains valuable information for genealogists.
  • The new blog has a link to this (old) blog.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Waar was jy?

Man, waar was jy!

Twee volle ure van vrae en antwoorde.

Dis mos wat ons lede soek! Enigeen sou hierdie byeenkoms terdeë geniet het! (Lees berig hieronder.)

Dit was ons eerste vergadering van dié aard wat die volle twee uur geduur het. Twee uur van vrae en antwoorde!

Myns insiens was dit absoluut die moeite werd en behoort ons vorentoe meer sulke geleenthede te skep. Ongetwyfeld is dit DIT wat ons lede wil he! Baie dankie Lucas, Dennis, Richard. -- John Stephens, sekretaris.

Sunday, 17 January 2010


By Penny Evans, Committee Member

The West Gauteng branch of the GGSA met on 16 January 2010 at the Dutch Reformed Church Ontdekkerskruin, Philips Avenue, Discovery.

The meeting took the form of a question and answer session. Richard Ford, Dennis Pretorious and Lucas Rinken formed the panel who answered the questions.

Dennis Pretorius

Richard Ford

Lucas Rinken

Members of the branch eagerly participated and the afternoon was very informative, lively and amusing. Some of the questions were tricky and not all that easily answered. However the panel were able to do some research, where questions were submitted in advance.

Most of the questions were of general interest for example:
  • How does culture influence spelling of personal surnames and place names? 
  • Is there something like a regional culture that will influence a surname in a different setting? 
  • How do I find out exactly where my grandfather’s farm was? I know the name of the farm and the district it was situated in. 
  • How do I get access to historical newspapers? 
  • From which dates were births registered in the various provinces of SA? 
  • How will the Protection of Privacy Act affect genealogists?
Various questions were asked about how to download information onto a genealogical program. A request was made by a member for a “hands on,”step by step, beginners session on how to download your family history data onto a genealogical program.

Lucas Rinken is very familiar with legacy and will make arrangements for this at a date yet to be decided.

Our thanks to our three wise men who formed the panel.

This was really a worthwhile afternoon.
  • We look forward to the next meeting on 20 February 2010.

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