Welcome to the new look South African Genealogy website. The site has been online for 11 years now, which is pretty long in the tooth for any website, especially without any major changes. And it really showed. So I took a long hard look at the appearance, the navigation and the...Read More
On the evening of August 30th 1881 the Royal Mail Ship Teuton was steaming at a steady 12 knots off the Cape south coast en route to Algoa Bay in South Africa. Since her departure from Table Bay at 10am that morning, conditions had been most favourable and many passengers had...Read More
I cried on my first day of school. My Sub A teacher at Aliwal Road Primary School (ARPS), Mrs Blomerus took me by the hand and led me to the Sub A classroom where she sat me down, gave me a little wooden board and big dollop of green clay and in her kindly voice soothed away my...Read More
Celebrating 11 years online
South African Genealogy receives hundreds of emails a week, some of which require multiple backwards and forwards emailing just to establish what kind of help is required. Typically the emails fall into 3 categories: research, purchases and the offering of information (oh – and tons of spam but that doesn’t count). So please read on to get an idea of how to formulate your query.
Lost an Ancestor? Maybe they came to South Africa. South African Genealogy has collected lots of Passenger Lists and made them freely available for you to search through. There is also a new database of Military Deserters in the Cape Colony during the 1800s. More databases will be added soon. These records are a work in progress so be sure to visit often to see what has been updated.
South African Genealogy sources original South African historical publications covering many fields of interest. This valuable archival material is then digitally captured and indexed for easy navigation. These PDF publications then become accessible to those who otherwise might not be able to access the original material.