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    Default On Line Sources for South African Genealogy

    https://www.national.archives.gov.za/ includes the index to the South African archives (NAAIRS).

    NB that death notices are extremely useful documents compared to English death certificates. They give details of birth and parentage where known, details of spouse, list all the children including the married names of daughters and indicate whether the deceased owned property. See this thread for looking at Death Notices online.

    Digital copies of documents in the Cape Archives (wills, death notices etc) can be ordered with a NAAIRS reference at very reasonable cost from www.eggsa.org, the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. (Follow instructions in FAQ under Document Ordering Service on the home page. It is not necessary to be a member although the costs are even cheaper for members. The eGGSA site also has photographs of many graves. At present they cannot provide documents from Cape Town because of a digital camera ban.

    Transcriptions of many BMDs from newspapers can be searched at https://www.eggsa.org/newspapers/

    A lot of original images of South African parish registers are now available free on Family Search
    See https://familysearch.org/search/coll...&region=AFRICA

    https://mailinglists.rootsweb.com/li...y=South+Africa
    Highly recommended mailing lists, especially South Africa and Eastern Cape. These lists are much better than the average Rootsweb mailing list. Many members have transcribed important records and posted them on the lists. Baptisms, marriages and burials which have been transcribed from church registers are also on-line at https://www.e-family.co.za/ (under Nolene)
    Edited to add: Rootsweb lists were sadly discontinued in March 2020 but the archives can still be searched. There is now a new list for South Africa at https://groups.io/g/southafricangenealogy

    https://www.1820settlers.com/ is a site devoted to the descendants of the 1820 settlers to the Cape of Good Hope.

    A useful series of YouTube videos by Matthew Bode on how to search South African records online can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/matthewmarkbode

    For Afrikaaner ancestors (and general useful South African links) visit https://home.global.co.za/~mercon/

    There are also several very active Facebook groups dedicated to South African genealogy.

    A page of useful links has been added to the eGGSA site here.
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    I have added a page of useful links from the eGGSA site to the main posting above. This includes some links to useful books on Family Search, including Esme Bull's "Aided Immigration from Britain to South Africa 1857-1867", which can be viewed here.
    Sue Mackay
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