Membership - Questions and Answers

What is eGGSA?

What does it cost to subscribe?

What do I receive as a member of eGGSA?

What is the Genealogical Society of South Africa?

Completing the application form: what are the various options ?



What is eGGSA?

eGSSA is the virtual or online branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, intended for those who are unable or do not wish to belong to one of the land based branches of the GSSA. In order to be a member of eGSSA it is necessary to join or already be a member of the former organisation.

If you use our online application to join you will be automatically registered for both organisations.

Click here to join eGGSA and the GSSA:  Join up



What does it cost to subscribe?

Annual fee, payable in January of each year, is currently  ZAR 280.00  ( approximately USD 23.00). This includes membership of the Genealogical Society of South Africa.



What do I receive as a member of eGGSA?

In addition to the benefits of membership of the Genealogical Society of South Africa (see below), members of the eGGSA Branch receive the following benefits:

    • Document Photographs: members can order photographs of documents from the South African archives at a reduced rate. See the FAQ for more details.

    • Help files and Books: members will find sections of our online Download Library which contain material available to members only: The members section with numerous aids to research and a number of online books in the Books section.

    • Genesis: members receive eGGSA's quarterly publication, genesis, containing articles by and for the members. Right Click on the image below to download one of the back issues:

genesis Issue 13, Januarly 2007

    • Familia: as members of the parent body, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGGSA members will also receive FAMILIA, the quarterly journal of the Society, published in March, June, September and December. Familia can be provided in electronic or printed format. the membership fee will vary depending on which format you choose to receive. Right Click on the image below to download a back issue of this publication:

Familia Volume 43 2006 Number 3

    • Help promote South African Genealogy: your annual subscription to eGGSA will help to fund the web site which makes available a huge collection of genealogical materials freely available to all.

    • Subscribe to more Branch journals: you will also be able to subscribe to the publications of several other GSSA branches if you so wish and at extra cost:

Capensis, printed edition, published by the Western Cape branch (not included as part of Western Cape Branch membership) Eastern Cape Branch Newsletter (included free as part of Eastern Cape branch membership) Famnea, printed edition - (available free to North West branch members and available on this web site in electronic format) GNUS, quarterly newsletter of the Natal Midlands Branch Northern Transvaal Branch Newsletter (included as part of Northern Transvaal membership)

Costs of each of the above journals can be found in the eGGSA online application form


What is the Genealogical Society of South Africa?

The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) is an international organisation of people engaged in the study of genealogy, family trees and family history with a South African connection.

The GSSA’s aim is to promote and facilitate interest and research in genealogy and family history.

for more details please see the GSSA's brochure or its web site.



Completing the application form: what are the various options ? (numbers as on the order form)

1. Membership runs from January to December of the calendar year, regardless of when you join.

2. This section has three options. 

  • The first, the default, is to join the eGGSA branch, whether for the first time or as a renewal of existing membership.

  • The second option is to join one of the land based branches (selectable) as your main branch, with eGGSA privileges. (in this case you will receive eGGSA newsletters and journal, have access to members areas of the web site, but no voting rights in the eGGSA branch. Your voting rights will be with your land based branch. You will also receive any publications of your land based branch which are included in its membership fee.)

  • The third option only applies if you are already paid up as an eGGSA member for the subscription year in question. So, if you have already paid your memberhsip fee to the GSSA or one of is branches for the subscription year 2009, you may, with this option, add eGGSA privileges to your existing land based branch membership, giving you then a membership as per the second option above.

3. Please indicate whether you are renewing your membership or making a new application.

4. As a member of eGGSA (and thus of the GSSA) you will receive, as part of your membership, the GSSA quarterly jounal Familia in electronic (Adobe Acrobat pdf) format. In this section you may opt to receive, in addtion, a printed version of this journal, at extra cost as specified.

5. Please indicate if you prefer to receive communications in Afrikaans or English.

6. You may also opt to receive, at extra cost as specified, a selection of publications of various branches of the GSSA.

7. You may indicate any family names that are of special interest to you.

8. Please state whether you are prepared to allow the details you have provided with this form to be used by the GSSA in its publications.



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