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More VOC Ships' Pay Ledger Accounts (soldijboeken)

Johan Diedericks has extracted from the data at National Archief at the Hague, 123 more of these VOC employees who settle at the Cape of Good Hope, and made them available onthe eGGSA web site. They have now joined those previously extracted by Lizette Svoboda, on the Stamouers.com section of our web site. Our thanks go to Johan and Lizette for making their hard work available. 

VOC (Dutch East India Company) Accounts from Ships' Pay Ledgers, 1662-1805, contain information about many of its employees who settled at the Cape. Below are a number of excerpts from the online links to the Nationaal Archief (The Hague, Netherlands) web sites gahetNA and VOC - Opvarenden which seem likely to refer to those settlers. If you have any to add, please copy to a Word document and email them to the Stamouers editor.

The Nationaal Archief is making a huge effort to digitize the complete collection of the VOC and they hope to have it completed by 2017.

As of May 2016 almost all the Zeeland accounts have been digitized and put online, a large number of the Amsterdam ledgers are currently being scanned and should be available at the end of May or early June; the next batch is already planned.

For an introduction to these Ships' Accounts (soldijboeken) please see Corney Kellers' explanation on the Rekeningen uit de Scheepssoldijboeken 1662-1805 page.

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800 000 Grafsteenfotos op die eGGSA webblad!!

Baie geluk aan Riana le Roux en haar uitsonderlike span vrywilligers met hierdie besonderse prestasie. Dit is baie ure se werk, geduld en harde arbeid wat in die projek in gaan.

Groot dankie aan almal wat fotos bydra, fotos op die web laai, fotos merk, begraafplase indukseer en die webblad instandhou vir hierdie uiterse waardevolle projek. Ons waardeer alles wat julle vir ons doen.

Die projek groei so vinnig, ons sien uit na die volgende mylpaal.

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Archival terms and definitions

Archival terminology is a flexible group of common words that have acquired specialised meanings for archivists and provides a useful and necessary means of specialised communication within the archival profession. Since researchers communicate with archivists it will be to their benefit to familiarise themselves with the basic terms to facilitate their research experience. Listed below is a few of the most frequently used archival terms and their definitions:

2. Archives on the shelves in a stack room

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1820 Settler Places in the British Isles

Staffordshire, Barton under Needwood, Shoulder of Mutton pub, opposite St.James ChurchI am at last in a position formally to reveal a project on which I have been working single-handedly for the last two years, as my contribution to the 1820 Settler Bicentennial. As my husband and I enjoy touring the country I rather rashly agreed to take as many photographs as I could of British Settler locations prior to 1820 so that they could be added to a new section on the eGGSA website.

I have indeed taken hundreds of photographs, but it was soon borne in upon me that I couldn’t possibly visit every location, and also that in many cases, particularly in cities like London and Bristol, many buildings with settler ties simply no longer exist. In the latter case I have tried to include historical pictures where possible, and where I have not been able to take pictures myself I have added pictures from www.geograph.co.uk, which can be used under a Creative Commons Licence. Where the photographer’s name appears as a clickable link followed by a CC BY-SA 2.0 reference, the original photo can be viewed together with other photographs of the surrounding area.

I have uploaded over 1300 photos to the new site (with thanks to Richard Ball for his help and patience in setting it all up), and these are currently arranged by county for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with separate sections for the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham. London has been further sub-divided into Boroughs so as not to have too many pictures in one file.

The pictures appear as small icons with a brief title. Clicking on them will reveal a larger picture with text explaining the link to one or more settlers and a credit to the photographer. Clicking on the + sign will further enlarge the picture to full screen (use ESCape to exit full screen mode), and the photographs can all be downloaded from the site.

During the bicentennial year I hope to upload a series of Photo Albums to the eGGSA Facebook pages in Party Groupings. In the meantime, if you wish to see if there are photos relating to your particular settler ancestor, go to https://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/ and type in the settler’s name in the Search Box in the top right hand corner, then scroll down the list of hits. Links to the relevant photographs should appear at the end of the list. It is also linked from the Photograph Collections button on the banner across the top of the site.

This has been a one woman show, and so it would be amazing if I have managed to complete the project without typos or broken links. Please let me know if you find any, and if you can add any further UK photos to the collection which are not copyright then they will be gratefully received.

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Dutch East India Company Name Books (Naamboek van de wel edele heeren der hoge Indiasche regering….)

These books literally cover anyone involved in the service of the VOC at all of their posts including the Cape. Those listed include officials, the military, burghers, surgeons, church leaders and court officials. In some places there is more detail on officials than others. The books also include the names of people that died and those who had returned or were being sent out to posts. Of particular interest is that ranks (and the date they were achieved) were listed so that one can follow a person’s career even if some books are missing. Searching the books also allows one to follow the career of a person if they were stationed at various places.

The spelling of the books varied and included Naamboek, Naamboekje and Naam-boekje.

The earliest I have found online is from 1729 and the latest 1801. Each contained a very detailed front page of their contents!

The title page in the 1729 book contained the following information:

Van de Weled. Heeren der
Gequalificeerde Persoon, ens. Op
De Respective Gouverneurs, Directeurs, Commandeurs en Opperhoofden of de Buyten-Comtoiren van Nederlands India; gelykze in wezen zyn gewest to primo Maart 1729
Als mede alle Gouverneurs Generaal, t’sedert den Jaare 1610
A later one in 1766 was even more explicit about its contents:

Van de Wel-Edele Heeren der
Zoo tot, als buiten,
Mitsgaders van de Politique Bedienden, die van de Justitie, de Kerk, Burgery, Zeevaart, Militie, Arthillery, Chirugie, &c., zoo als dezelve onder medio September 1766. Alhier in weezen zyn bevonden;
Der Gouverneurs, Directeurs en Commandeurs, mitsgaders verdure Opperhoofden en mindere Bedienden, op de respective Comptoiren van Indie
Een Lyst van de Personen, die repatrieeren zullen, een van die naar de Buiten-comptoiren vertrokke zyn; en een van de overledenen.
A 1798 book explicitly includes the Cape of Good Hope :

Over geheel Nederlandsch Indie en Kabo de Goede Hoop
Van de Wel-Edele Heeren der
Zoo tot, als buiten,
Mitsgaders van de Politique Bedienden, die van de Justitie, de Kerk, Burgery, Zeevaart, Militie, Arthillery, Chirugie, &c., zoo als dezelve, onder ultimo December 1798, alhier in weezen zyn bevonden;
Der Gouverneurs, Directeurs en Commandeurs, mitsgaders verdure Opperhoofden en mindere Bediendens, op de respective Comptoiren van Indie.
Een Lyst van de Persoonen, die naar de Buiten-comptoiren vertrokke zyn, en een van de overledenen.
All the name books listed below are online and are downloadable as a pdf. The pdfs are in black and white and sometimes it is easier to read some type on the jpeg versions on the sites.

The following sites have links to the books but not all are to be found on the same sites. Many except for Google Books contain links to the National Library of the Netherlands and most have search engines. They are also a good resource for finding other books, documents, maps and pictures of the VOC, the Cape and South Africa

If you are searching the sites make sure you use the various names for the Naamboek as some are only found by using the variants.







The books:

1729 March

1732 March

1736 April

1737 April

1748 October

1750 February

1751 January

1751 September

1753 January

1754 January

1755 September

1758/59 (no date on frontispiece but printed in 1759)


1761 March


1764 April

1765 January


1766 September

1767 May

1771 December

1778 January

1778 January

1778 December


1780 December

1782 December

1783 December


1785 December


1786 December

1787 February

1787 December
version one
version two

1788 December
version one
version two

1789 March

1789 December
version one
version two

1790 December
version one
version two

1791 January
version one
version two

1791 December
version one
version two

1792 December
version one
version two

1793 December

1794 December

1795 December

1796 December

1797 December

1798 December

1799 December

1800 December

1801 December

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Drakenstein dope 1694 tot 1799

VC 647 2Inligting verkry vanaf die Drakenstein doop register tussen 1694 en 1744 is nou beskikbaar in the eGGSA BDM databasis.

Die transkribering is soos volg gedoen: Lizette Svoboda die tydperk 1702 tot 1732, Corney Keller 1733 tot 1744, Richard Ball 1694 tot 1713. en Cornel Viljoen van 1756 to 1799 en het die ook skakels van die LDS aanlyn kopieë wat van die oorspronklike registers, G1 8/1, G3 3/1, G3 3/2, G3 3/3 and G3 3/4, wat by die NGK Argief, Stellenbosch gehou en onderhou word, verskaf.

Om die foto’s te sien moet navorsers by FamilySearch.org. registreer.

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Photographs, Negatives and Colour Slides in the Western Cape Archives and Records Service (WCARS)

Photographs are important sources of information for researchers in all study fields, including genealogical research. We are all aware of the necessity of preserving documents, since archives have an important cultural value for the protection of our identity and collective memory. Photographic materials are therefore key sources for historical research, especially for the study of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The amount of information and detail that can be seen in photographs is what makes them a uniquely rich historical resource.  They can show exactly how a person, place, item, building, clothing, etc. looked at a specific time.  Therefore, photographs should not be considered as purely supplementary material but instead as illustrative “windows to our past”.

Rouxville House, Kalk Bay. This property was demolished in 1959
( click on pic to enlarge, plus more pics )

At present the Western Cape Archives and Records Service (WCARS) has about 90 000 photographs in the various collections in stock. The photographic section also houses the negatives of most of these photographs. The descriptions of most of the photographs, negatives and colour slides are already available on the internet databases. The photographs that accompany this article were chosen from the collections due to the buildings shown being subsequently demolished, replaced, restored, neglected, deserted or changed as a result of development. Therefore, although the buildings are not there anymore, the images are proof of their history.

The following is a list of some of the various photographic collections and the where they can currently be accessed:

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NGK Bibles

NGK Bibles in the eGGSA Bible CollectionKeith Meintjes writes: When I visited the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk Archive at Stellenbosch in 2016, Isabel Murray gave me a tour of all the stuff in their basement. They have all manner of things in addition to the church registers - 370 years of church history. One thing that caught my eye was a pile of Bibles since many people wrote their family information in their Bibles. Isabel told me they had many Bibles, all uncatalogued, that no one had ever looked at.

So, we cooked up a project. Isabel found a student, and I bought them a camera, lenses and a tripod, and paid for the student's time to catalog and photograph the Bibles. The outside, the title pages, and any handwritten notes or newspaper clippings.

I supported the student's time, and he spent his senior year doing the work. Towards the end, he was being interviewed on TV and radio about the importance of preserving the archives and family history.

He photographed and catalogued 375 Bibles, of which 58 had inscriptions of some sort. Of those 19 had family information and those 19 have been added to the eGGSA Bible Collection, with grateful thanks to Keith for his project and enthusiasm, to Isabel Murray and Andrew Kok and to the anonymous student who did the work.

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The oldest official written document in South Africa

KAB C1 page 2The oldest official written document is volume 1 of the archival group ‘Council of Policy’ (C). The first page in this volume is a prayer that is known as ‘Jan van Riebeeck’s prayer’. The second page is the first official document that contains the resolutions of the Council meeting held on board the VOC ship Drommedaris, Saturday, 30 December 1651. The first signature at the bottom is that of Jan van Riebeeck.
On Sunday, 24 December 1651, six days before the fleet of three ships of the VOC Chamber of Amsterdam that was to establish the VOC replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope (today Cape Town, South Africa), left Texel in the Netherlands.

The three ships were: Drommedaris (Captain Davit Coninck), Goede Hoope (Captain Symen Turver) and Reijger (Captain Jan Hoochsaet).
Present at this meeting of Saturday 30 December 1651 were the three above captains, the Fleet Commander Jan van Riebeeck and also Pieter van Helm, the Provisional Secretary. The fleet arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on 6 April 1652 and established the VOC replenishment and halfway station to Batavia (today Djakarta, Indonesia).

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Bygevoegde Bybel foto’s gedurende September

BybelsGedurende die afgelope paar maande het ons  ‘n wonderlike aantal Bybel  foto’s van skenkers ontvang – hier is solank  diè wat reeds in September by ons Bybel versameling gevoeg is.

Ons innigste dank aan al ons bydraers: Billy Baard, Willie Breet, Ockert Malan, Riana le Roux, Leslie Duckworth, Alice Boshoff, Joost Hogewoning, Sam Basch en Hennie Nel.

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UK settler locations please?

Blakelaw Farm was the birthplace of William Dods PringleAs part of eGGSA's contribution to the 1820 settler bicentennial, Sue Mackay is planning to add photographs of UK settler locations to The 1820 Settler Correspondence section of the eGGSA web site. She has lots of photographs of churches where baptisms and marriages took place, but would be grateful to receive any non copyright pictures of farms or houses where settlers are known to have lived prior to emigration. If you can contribute any such, please contact Sue Mackay.

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Graaff-Reinet NGK doop registers 1792-1805

graaff reinet doopCornel Viljoen was so vriendelik om sy transkripsies van die Graaff-Reinet NGK doop register 1792-1805 vir die eGGSA BDM databasis, beskikbaar te stel. 

Sy transripsies is van die Latter Day Saints foto’s, vanaf die oorpsronklike register, wat by die Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch is en is op ons databasies beskikbaar, met die toestemming van die NGK argief.

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Drakenstein / Paarl NGK dope 1746 tot 1755

VC 645Die dope is deur Corney Keller gestransribeer vanaf die fotos van die Kaapse Agriewe VC 645. Hierdie is ‘n stel foto kopieë van die oorspronklike register wat in die 1980’s, vir die Wetenskaplike Navorsinging Raad (WNNR) gemaak is. Kopieë was aan die Suid Afrikaanse Argiewe gegee en ‘n kopie het gegaan aan die Kaapse Argief en een aan die Pretoria Argief ( waar dit deel uitmaak van die FC reeks). Die oorspronklike register word tans in die Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stelenbosch as G3 3/2 bewaar. Die dope is by ons eGGSA BDM databasies bygevoeg.

Ons innigste dank aan Corney Keller vir die transribering en die NG Kerkargief vir die bewaring en instadhouding van die rekords.

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Histories Koerante

Daar is huidiglik twee negentiende eeuse koerante wat by die Koerant Uitreksels toegevoeg is. Die "Grahamtown Journal" van die 1880's, met uitreksels getransribeer deur Sue Mackay, vanaf foto's wat sy by die Britse Biblioteek in London, geneem het. Ook uittreksels uit die Kaap van Goeie Hoop Goewerments Gazette van die 1820's, wat deur Alta Griffitha in die Stellenbosch Universiteits Biblioteek geskandeer is en huidiglik deur Brenda Gassner getranskribeer word.

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Kruisvallei marriages 1843-1870 now available in the eGGSA database

Kruisvallei pastorie Kerkstraat 42 Tulbagh foto Morné van Rooyen

When Keith Meintjes visited South Africa in 2016 he visited the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) Archives in Stellenbosch and photographed, at my request, the baptism, marriage and death registers of the Kruisvalei Congration. With the permission of the NGK Argief, eGGSA is currently transcribing these records in order to add them to the Church Register database on our web site. Marriages 1843 t0 1870 have now been added and are available in the eGGSA marriages database.

Our grateful thanks to Keith, to the NGK Argief and to Lorraine Beechey for transcribing the records.

The Kruisvallei Gemeente was formed in 1843 as a breakaway group from the Tulbagh congregation, due to a disagreement between some of the members on the one hand and the minister at Tulbagh, Robert Shand. They bought the farm called Kruisvallei not far from Tulbagh and used the large stables as a church while the minister lived in the farmhouse. In 1936 the two congregations, Kruisvallei and Tulbagh, were once again united. See the Wikipedia article by Morné van Rooyen: NG gemeente Kruisvallei

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Grafstene het nou hul eie webwerf!

Die versameling grafstene het so gegroei dat dit meer gerieflik geword het om hulle up hul eie webwerf te huisves. Die grafte kan gevind word by http://www.graves-at-eggsa.org/

Skakels wat u gestoor het sal nog reg by die graf of begraafplaas uitkom, maar as u gestoorde skakels na die nuwe vorm wil verander, sal u dit maklik vind om hulle in lyn te bring. Die vorige adres sou gelees het 

http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=2898227    teenoor die nuwe adres wat lees

Al wat u moet doen is om die       eggsa.org/library     met        graves-at-eggsa.org       te vervang.

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What ever happened to Drooge Vlei?

Along the dry and dusty road between Cape Town and Malmesbury lies a stretch of the Swartland known – certainly in the 1800s – as Groote Drooge Vlei (or, alternatively, Droge Vallei). It’s an area I stumbled across searching for the origins of my great-great-grandparents, and one whose history remains elusive.

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What we know, it seems, is that it fell within the field-cornetcy of Paardeberg in the District of Malmesbury, part of the quitrent farm having been granted to a C Esterhuysen in 1715 and another to W Proctor on 15 January 1822. Significantly for my own personal research, the section known as Doordrift was granted to Misters WH and JT Eaton on 4 February 1862, as it is this section that came to be known simply as Drooge Vlei.

It is mentioned by the Bishop of Cape Town in the April 1875 edition of The Mission Field, and his description offers some fascinating insight into a place that appears to be a thriving community of its own:

“At Drooge Vlei, a small private station, which I visited on my road, I confirmed five persons. The place, containing about 140 inhabitants, is the property of Mr Eaton, who has built on his farm a school-chapel, where he holds the church service every Sunday, once in English and once in Dutch – Mr Clulee [the Reverend Charles Clulee (1837–1892), born Birmingham] visiting it from Malmesbury and holding service as often as he can … It is a wonderfully complete little town, with it’s smith’s, shoemaker’s, haberdasher’s, grocer’s, butcher’s and baker’s shops, its carpenter’s shed, its wheelwright, machine maker, and brickfields – Mr Eaton being proprietor of the whole and the employer of all the labour at the place.”

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2018 Algemene Jaarvergadering gesluit

Ons virtuele vergadering is nou gesluit. Baie dankie aan almal vir u deelname en ondersteuning.

Alle lede was uitgenooi om aan die vergadering deel te neem. Soos verduidelik in die e-pos gedateer xx Januarie 2018, het ons aanvaar dat die lede van wie ons nié gehoor het nie, tevrede is met beide die nominasies en die 2017 Jaarverslag.

Teenwoordigheid by die Vergadering
Lede wat eGGSA gekies het as hul primêre tak was geregtig om aan die AJV deel te neem. Ons e-pos stelsel het rekord gehou van die aantal e-poste wat uitgestuur, onafgelewer, aangestuur en onoopgemaak was. As virtuele tak gebruik ons hierdie getalle om die kworum te bepaal.

Die 2018-Bestuur bly dus onveranderd aangesien geen verdere nominasies ontvang was vir die bestuursposte nie. Bestaande nominasies was ook nie betwis nie.

Alta Griffiths - Voorsitter
Daan Hamman - Onder-Voorsitter
Carol Beneke - Tesourier
Lynn Couperthwaite - Lidmaatskapdienste, -kommunikasie en Bemarking
Richard Ball - Webmeester
Judi Meyer - Redakteur genesis

Addisionele lede
Annelie Els - Stamouers
Corney Keller - Nederlandse Transkripsies
Daan Botes - Poskaarte
Riana le Roux - Begraafplaasprojek

Baie geluk aan die bestuurspan, en dankie dat julle weer bereid is om nog ‘n jaar op die bestuur te dien. eGGSA Annual Report 2017, tesame met die finansiële state, sal aan Nasionaal gestuur word.

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NAAIRS uitslae ontleding

Keith Meintjies het 'n ontledings tabel vir die NAAIRS aanlyn verwysings indeks voorsien, wat dit netjies in 'n spreivel, uiteensit.

Hierdie sal baie handig wees vir mense wat 'n groot aantal verwysigs kry. Die inligting is verkrygbaar op ons Keith Meintjies ontledings blad.

Baie dankie aan Keith vir die beskikbaar stelling hiervan asook aan sy seun Ian, wat die ontwikkel het.

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1820 Settlers' Correspondence - update

Sue Mackay writes: I have just added extra pages on these settlers

James RICHARDSON, leader of Richardson's Party

William Senior DENTON, member of Richardson's Party

Charles DENTON, member of Richardson's Party

There has been a wealth of confusion surrounding these three, and their connection with the name SENIOR/SENYOR/SAYNOR, and I have spent ages sifting through original parish register entries for Sheffield.

As a result I have made a couple of leaps of faith (backed up by the evidence as I see it) which would seem to contradict a lot of "facts" circulating about these families. I'd be grateful if anyone descended from this line can tell me whether I have been literally barking up the wrong tree. I have tried to set out the facts from original sources found whilst at the same time allowing for an element of doubt.

Do you think I am right in thinking that Charles DENTON was not William Senior DENTON's older brother but his stepfather?

You can contact Sue here: Editor, 1820 Settler Correspondence

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2017 eGGSA Algemene Jaarvergadering resultate

Ons virtuele vergadering het middernag 2 February 2017 gesluit. Baie dankie aan almal vir u deelname en ondersteuning.

Lede was uitgenooi om aan die vergadering deel te neem. Soos verduidelik in die e-pos gedateer 27 Januarie 2017, het ons aanvaar dat die lede van wie ons nié gehoor het nie, tevrede is met beide die nominasies en die 2016 Jaarverslag.


Lede wat eGGSA gekies het as hul primêre tak was geregtig om aan die AJV deel te neem. Ons e-pos stelsel het rekord gehou van die aantal e-poste wat uitgestuur, onafgelewer, aangestuur en onoopgemaak was. As virtuele tak gebruik ons hierdie getalle om die kworum te bepaal.

Die opsomming was as volg:

Aantal lede wat kennis van die vergadering ontvang het:
Engelse lede 147 – 62.2 % open epos
Afrikaanse lede 101 – 58.6 % open epos
Onafgelewerde kennisgewings: Nul

Geen verdere nominasies was ontvang vir die bestuursposte nie. Bestaande nominasies was ook nie betwis nie en die 2017 komitee bly dus onveranderd.

Die bestuur
· Alta Griffiths - Voorsitter
· Daan Hamman – Onder-Voorsitter
· Carol Beneke - Tesourier
· Lynn Couperthwaite - Lidmaatskapdienste, kommunikasie en bemarking
· Richard Ball - Webmeester
· Judi Meyer - Redakteur genesis

Additional members
· Annelie Els - Stamouers
· Corney Keller – Nederlandse Transkripsies
· Daan Botes - Poskaarte
· Riana le Roux – Begraafplaasprojek

Baie geluk aan die bestuurspan, en dankie dat julle weer bereid is om nog ‘n jaar op die bestuur te dien.

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Fort Beaufort Register 1840-1850

Fort Beaufort Cover

Die register van die Anglikaanse pastoor in Fort Beaufort, (daar was geen kerkgebou in daardie tyd nie), wat die Dope, Huwelike en begrafnisse insluit, is getranskribeer deur Lorraine Beechy, vanaf die foto's van Tessa King. Die foto's is van die oorspronklike register, wat in die Cory Biblioteek is, geneem. Die proeflees is deur Brenda Gassner gedoen.

Dit is in die eGGSA se DBM databasis, gevoeg.

Baie dankie aan almal wat betrokke was. Ons is opreg dankbaar.

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Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette 1827

Cape GazetteAlta Griffiths het 'n aantal jare van hierdie publikasie geskandeer. Brenda Gassner en Lorraine Beechey is besig om hierdie deur te gaan. Die eerste quartaal van 1827 is nou tot die Koerant Uitreksels seksie van die eGGSA webwerf, bygevoeg.

Bykomend het Liz Esmade haar transkriberings van Colin Graham Botha se vroeër, periodieke transkripsies van Dope van Engelse mense, 1810-1821, asook Engelse huwelike van 1806-1821, by te dra. Hierdie is by die BDMs databasis seksie van die webwerf gevoeg.

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Vier Bybels is by die eGGSA se kolleksie bygevoeg

Botma bibleFoto’s van die 4 Bybels is bygeveoeg by die eGGSA kolleksie: BOTMA Abraham Carel, Cornelis Zoon en Anna Sophia Magareta MALAN, David Dochter getroud 3 Jul 1854; KRUGER Gert Lodewyk 1882-1957 en sy vrou Hester Hendrina AUCAMP 1884-1961; REDELINGHUIJS George Frederik en Helena Johanna LEROUX, getroud 11 November 1895; VAN HEERDEN Isaac Petrus Jacs.Sts.Zoon en Geertruida Maria AURET, getroud 1 Maart 1836; VAN WIJK Petrus Lodewikis Julie 30 1876.

Ons betuig dank aan Allan Carson, Dirk van Heerden, Riana le Roux en Adriaan Redelinghuys.

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Drakenstein/Paarl NGK huwelike 1815-1839

Paarl 1824 400Transkripsies van diè huwelike is by die eGGSA BDM databasis gevoeg. Hierdie is veral interessant, aangesien hulle, vir die meeste van die inskrywings, die ouderdomme van die partye, asook die name van die vaders (as patroniem), insluit. Die is nie algemeen vir die NGK (Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk) huwelike, van daardie tydperk nie en daarom van groot waarde, vir die genealoog en navorser.

Ons dank aan Jonathan Heath, Corney Keller en Richard Ball vir die transribsies.

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Aantekeninge van die Kaap Kolonie

records of the cape colony

In die laat 1890s en vroeë 1900s het George McCall Theal 35 volumes van die Registers en aantekeninge van die Kaap Kolonie gepubliseer, wat alle korrespondensie van 1793 tot 1827 behels, van wat toe die Publieke Rekord Kantoor (nou die Nasionale Argiewe), in London opgeteken.

Sue MacKay het elkeen van die aanlyn kopieë van die volumes deur gegaan en die skakels daarheen, aan die eGGSA web werf voorsien.

Sue skryf: Hierdie volumes kan gratis afgelaai, (of aanlyn deursoek) deur middel van die Internet Argief, deursoek word. Volumes 12 en 13, dek die 1820 Setlaars en verskaf baie van die korrespondensie, wat ek vir die werf transkribeer het, alhoewel Theal se werk baie meer selektief is en nie-party leiers of die wat nie emigreer het, insluit nie.

Dit sluit egter sekere antwoorde wat by die Koloniale Kantore van briewe wat elders op die werf gevind kan word. Daar is 'n indeks in elke vyfde Volume en Volume 35 beskik oor ?n volledige indeks. Volume 36 is 'n Register van die inhoud van Volumes 1-35.

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Kaapstad NG Kerk Kaapstad huwelik transkripsies

Corney Keller het ses ekstra jare (1756 tot 1762), by sy reeds manjifieke reeks transkripsies, aangaande die Kaapstad Nederduits Gereformeerde (NGK) rekords.

Sy transripsies aangaande die huwelike (1696-1756), is ook verwerk, sodat dit soekbaar is op die eGGSA BDM databasis en kan reeds daar gevind word.

'n Groot dankie aan Corney, vir sy volhardende en wonderlike werk, wat hierdie belangrike rekords aanbetref.

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Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette

Cape Gazette

Alta Griffiths het 'n aantal jare van hierdie publikasie geskandeer. ‘n Begin is aan die transkribering van die uitreksels, deur Brenda Gassner en Richard Ball, gemaak. Die eerste uittreksels, van die jaar 1826, is tot die Koerant Uitreksels seksie van die eGGSA webwerf, bygevoeg.

Bykomend het Liz Esmade haar transkriberings van Colin Graham Botha se vroeër, periodieke transkripsies van Dope van Engelse mense, 1810-1821, asook Engelse huwelike van 1806-1821, by te dra. Hierdie is by die BDMs databasis seksie van die webwerf gevoeg.

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Grahamstown Journal 1871 en later word nou op eGGSA

newspaper extractsSue Mackay writes: I have finally been able to photograph the next couple of years, from 1871 onwards, of the Grahamstown Journal at the British Library in London. The first batch can be seen among the eGGSA Newspaper Extracts.

This batch is considerably longer than usual, not only because there are a few lengthy obituaries but because I got seduced by a series of articles on Life at the Diggings, describing the burgeoning businesses at the diamond fields.

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Transkripsies vanjaar

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Voortrekker Dope tot die eGGSA BDM databasis bygevoeg

Cornel Viljoen het goedgunstiglik 'n bydrae van sy transkriberings van die Voortrekker Dope, FK 2290 in die Pretoria Argiewe, 'n foto koepie van 'n vroeër transkribering deur onbekendes van registers van Natal, Vrystaat en die ou Transvaal, vanaf 1837 tot 1850, tot ons beskikking gestel.

Hierdie addisionele 4,600 dope is verkrygbaar en soekbaar by die eGSSA BDM databasis. Vanne ingesluit kan hier ... gesien word.

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Helena Garner se Kriel kolleksie is by die eGGSA Dokument Biblioteek gevoeg

Helena het goedgunstiglik haar werk wat bestaan uit Boedeldokumente ( Sterfkennisse, Testamente em Likwidasie en Distribusierekeninge) aan eGGSA geskenk vir ons aanlyn Dokumenteafdeling.

Helena het baie tyd daaraan spandeer om die inhoud te vereenvoudig. Die byskrifte is deur Anina du Plessis gedoen en voltooi deur Lorraine Beechey.

Die dokumente kan in vier afsonderlike albums gevind word:
Wes Kaap Argief
Pretoria Argief
Bloemfontein Argief
Pietermaritzburg Argief.

Ons opregte dank aan Helena, Anina en Lorraine

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Uniondale NGK doopregisters 1866-1920 tot die eGGSA BDM databasis bygevoeg.

Die doopregisters van Uniondale Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) 1866-1920, is deur Carol Beneke getranskribeer vanaf Mechelle Beneke se foto's van die oorspronklike register, in die Uniondale kerk afgeneem by ooreenkoms met die dominee.

Hierdie rekords is tot die eGGSA BDM databasis bygevoeg en is nou vir gebruikers beskikbaar. Enige navrae of regstellings kan aan Richard Ball.

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Gipsy Bride passasierslys bygevoeg

IMG 0615Richard Wolfaardt se span vertalers het Kaapse Argief IB7 en IB8 passasierslyste getranskribeer. Hierdie word in by IF9 aangepas, wat in enekele gevalle ekstra inligting bevat. Bygevoeg vandag tot die eGGSA Passenger lyste databasis is dié van die Gipsy Bride, deur Ray Pitt getranskribeer. 'n Lys van die vanne in hierdie lys vervat kan hier gesien word ....

Londonderry Standard - Thursday 01 April 1858 - Emigration to the Cape. On Saturday, the magnificent 'Black Ball' ship Gipsy Bride, sailed for the Cape of Good Hope, with 500 emigrants, selected by the Hon. William Field, who has been deputed by the Cape Government to represent them in England. They were chosen almost entirely from the pastoral districts of Scotland, and a finer set of people have rarely left our shores. The Aurifera has been chartered for the conveyance of emigrants to Algoa Bay, and she will leave the Mersey on the 22d of April. Liverpool Albion.
Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive

Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser. - Friday 09 July 1858 - Cape of Good Hope.
Dr Livingstone's expedition sailed from Table Bay on the 27th Apr8l, for the Zambesi. An elegant silver box, containing 800 guineas, had been presented to Dr Livingstone, as a testimonial, by the colonists. A proposal was made by the Governeor to establish five intermediate posts between the colony and the Zambesi, to ensure a line of monthly communication.
A fierce struggle continues on the frontier between the Bisutos and the Orange Free State. Sir G.Grey consented to act as mediator. Two Basuto towns and four French mission stations were destroyed. The colony was peaceful and prosperous.
The first batch of emigrants has arrived in the Gipsy Bride and gave great satisfaction.
Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive

Reynolds's Newspaper - Sunday 11 September 1859 - Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope.

The Cape Town Immigration Board at their last meeting, a few days before the departure of the mail, resolved to forward the following communication to the Emigration Commissioner in England.

Immigration Office, Cape Town, July 30, 1859.
The Honorable W.Field Esq., Emigration Commissioner, London.
Sir, I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of three letter from you of the 6th ultimo, acquainting me, for the information of the Immigration Board, of the departure of the Burlington with emigrants on the 30th May, and of your having chartered the Lord Raglan to convey emigrants to Table Bay, which were to embark on the 16th instant. The board instructs me to inform you that the immigrants per Bride have all taken employment, and with the exception of a few, have quitted the depot - those remaining being the parents of children suffering from measles. Several remained also for some days owing to the unfavourable state of the weather, and the difficulty existing at the present time in procuring conveyance for their removal to the interior. The wages obtained by most of them are quite equal to former rates, as will be seen by a list accompanying this. The board desires me to call your attention to the circumstance of one of the immigrants per Bride, named Simon Lucas, having died of consumption the day after his arrival, and would recommend a more strict inquiry into the health of emigrants generally, and that none be sent out but such as are and have been for some time in perfect health, and in the habit of working for wages. Lucas, according to the statement of the surgeon-superintendant, Dr Pearce, came on board in a very delicate and precarious state of health, showing evident symptoms of consumption; and it has come to the knowledge of the board that several sent out on former occasions, particularly of the Scotch per Gipsy Bride, were invalids in search of health, some of whom have died, and a few recovered. Lucas leaves a wife and six children, with the prospect of a seventh, all of whom continue at the depot at the expense of the Government. With regard to farm labourers, the board considers it most undesirable that such immigrants should be encumbered with large families, and particularly with any number of young children, such operation as a hindrance to their obtaining ready employment, the wages they receive are sometimes as inadequate to meet their expenses that they naturally feel dissatisfied, and become disheartened. The board deem sit necessary to remark upon the practice adopted in some cases by the immigrants themselves of describing a man incorrectly in regard to his trade or calling, in proof of which I herewith enclose a list of names of men who declared the were refused to be received under the head of their proper calling, but were allowed to enter themselves under some other head, in order to render themselves eligible. This false statement has given rise to considerable unpleasantness and disappointment in one or two cases; it misleads the public, and causes the immigrant who refuses employment to suffer. 


W.Hampson, Secretary. The following is the scale of wages at which engagements were made in Cape Town by the immigrants per Bride: - Farm labourers £2 to £2.10s with board and lodging, and 3s to 4s per day without ditto; railway labourers, 4s6d to 5s per day; stonemasons 6s6d per day; wheelwrights 6s; sawyers, piece-work, equal to 6s to 7s per day; [s]bines makers, 5s to 7s per day; tailors, piece-work, 4s to 5s per day; painters and glaziers, £3.10s per month and found, or piece-work; brickmakers, piece-work; dressmakers, £1.10s per month and found; female cooks, £1 to £2 per month and found.

Courtesy: British Newspaper Archive

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Proving descendancy

Proving your lineage can be useful for a number of reasons: citizenship, estates, family and general history. For a while British ancestry visas were available for descendants either of whose grandparents were born in Britain. Then the Irish ancestry became easier than the British ancestry. With the tightening of immigration to Britain, the chance of getting or even renewing British passport has become stricter. For some dual citizenship, South African and British may be a privilege of the past but we hope not.

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7 Bybles by die eGGSA versameling bygevoeg

Sewe Bybels uit die versameling van die Erfenistigting, Pretoria, is deur Annelie Els afgeneem en tot die eGGSA Bybel/Familieregister versameling geskenk: DUPREE A., gebore 1836; ERASMUS Lodewikus Johannes, gebore 1845 & Magrietas Martins VAN DEN BERG, gebore 1844, getroud 1866; HATTINGH Johannes Dewald, D.zoon. geboren 1794 en Anna Elisabeth RETIEF geboren 1798, getroud 1812; MALAN Stephanus Petrus, gebore 1849 & Martha C.A. LOURENS, gebore 1886, getroud 1904; MOCKE F.G. & S.E. NEL getroud 1831; NAUDE Stefanus Jacobus, gebore 1872; and DU PREEZ Nicolaas Johannes Jakobus, gebore 1865.

Hartlik dank aan Annelie Els asook aan Basil Royston wie die opskrifte geskep het. Verbeterings of navrae kan aan Richard Ball gerig word.

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Nog vier Bybels

Vier Bybels is by die eGGSA Bybel/Familieregister deel van die webwerf bygevoeg: COETSEE Abraham Petrus Carolus gebore 1876 & Wilemina Lodeweika LOMBARD gebore 1881 getroud 1898, geskenk deur Susan (Coetsee) de Bruyn; GEYSER, Johannes Jacobus Stephanus gebore 1801 & Magdalena Susina CALITZ gebore 1910 getroud 1827, deur Tracey Itta bygedra; RAFFERTY, Elsie Susarah Aletta Maria born 1853 deur Andrea Furness (nee de Jager) geskenk; and TRUTER Johannes Andries gebore 1778 & Hilletje Aletta SMIT gebore 1778 getroud 1788 contributed deur Matty van Rensburg aangebied.

Hartlik dank aan die bydraers asook aan Basil Royston wie die opskrifte geskep het. Verbeterings of navrae kan aan Richard Ball gerig word. 

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Begrafnisregister van Christchurch, Grahamstad, tot die eGGSA BDM databasis bygevoeg.

Christchurch burias

Die begrafnis register van Christchurch ( Anglikaanse ), Grahamstad, 1877-1917 , is deur Lorraine Beechey getranskribeer vanaf William Jervois se foto's van die oorspronklike register in die Cory Biblioteek, Rhodes Universiteit, Grahamstad, MS 17 633, by ooreenkoms met die Cory Biblioteek en die Aartsbisdom van Grahamstad. Brenda Gassner het dit geproeflees.

Hierdie rekords is tot die eGGSA BDM databasis bygevoeg en is nou vir gebruikers beskikbaar. Enige navrae of regstellings kan aan Richard Ball gerig word by Richard Ball

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Passasierslyste opgedateer

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Passasierslyste vir drie skepe is tot die eGGSA databasis van Passasierslyste bygevoeg: Die Burlington, Die Matilda Atheling en die Sedgemoor. Hierdie is van die Kaapse Argief klasse IBC 7 en IBC 9 verwerk deur Richard Wolfaardt en sy span vrywilligers, James Anderson en Ray Pitt. 'n lys van die vanne bygevoeg kan hier gevind word.

Evening Mail - Wednesday 01 June 1859. Government Emigration - The Government emigrant vessel Burlington, 676 tons, Captain Victor Howes, sailed from Southampton on Monday, the 30th ult., for Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, with 267 emigrants under charge of Surgeon-Superintendant Samuel Leonard Crarie, M.D. The emigrants who embarked in this vessel were selected by the Hon. William Field, the officer appointed by the Colonial Government to conduct the emigrantion to the Cape of Good Hope.  (Dankie aan die Britse aanlyn koerant argief)

Hereford Times - Saturday 20 August 1859. Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. On the 12th inst. there were embarked at Liverpool, under the superintendance of the Hon. Mr. Field, in the ship Matilda Atheling, for Table Bay, 288 emigrants. They were principally agricultural labourers and female domestic servants, with some country masons, blacksmiths, and joiners. They comprise also 53 statute adults, under engagement with Messrs. Pickering, contractors for the Cape Town Railway. The emigration to this colony during the present year has now reached a total of 2,588 souls, exclusive of assisted passages.  (Dankie aan die Britse aanlyn koerant argief)ine)

London Evening Standard - Tuesday 21 May 1861. Free Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. The Sedgemoor, of 920 tons, Captain M.W.Kett, being the 28th free emigrant ship dispatched at the colonial expense, sailed from Southampton for Table Bay on Saturday last, with a selection made from the artisans and agricultural classes by the acting emigration agent for the colony, Mr A.C. Saunders. They number 283 souls, equal to 223 statute adults, and are under the general charge of Mr. Surgeon Superintendent S.P.Chennell. Mr Saunders appointed from among them John M'Kay to be schoolmaster, Jane M'Connell to be matron, and Alice Wright to be sub-matron. The free emigration to the Cape, under the local act of 1857, has now reached a total of 8260 souls. (Dankie aan die Britse aanlyn koerant argief) 

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