SOUTH AFRICAN SUGGESTIONS
Following our cover feature on essential websites in YFH183, one reader has written in with some more suggestions as to South Africans resources that readers can try.
Here you go – National Archives and Record Service of South Africa ( www. nationalarchives.gov.za/node737) – millions of South African records that can be searched and many under the old NAAIRS database are of particular interest to genealogists. Most of the genealogy references that can be found can be looked up on the Familysearch website to view the actual documents. The Genealogical Society of South Africa website ( www.eggsa.org) includes over 700,000 photos of gravestones, church register transcriptions, newspaper extracts new and old, passenger lists and many more interesting items. The South African Settlers site ( www. southafricansettlers.com) has a growing list of names of people who emigrated to South Africa in the late 18th and 19th centuries, while the University of the Witwatersrand’s Historical Papers research archives site ( www.historicalpapers. wits.ac.za/index.php?digital/U/ lets you search the digital records at the university. You can search the Rhodes University Library catalogues at https://opac.seals.ac.za/ search~S2, and South African Genealogy ( http:// home.global.co.za/~mercon/) is a very good place to start on a South African genealogy expedition. British Settlers in Natal 1824-1857 can be found at http:// shelaghspencer.com/settlers/ and Eastern Cape’s German Settlers to South Africa ( www.eastlondon-labyrinth.com/germans/ index.jsp) has lots of information on German settlers to the Eastern Cape in the 1800s. Destination Albany 1820 ( www. albany1820.com) has the webmaster’s own personal family history on his British 1820 Settler ancestors, and masses of transcribed church records, whilst British 1820 Settlers to South Africa ( http://1820settlers.com) is the website of the 4000 British Settlers to South Africa in 1820, with general information, family trees (listing over 140,000 descendants), photos, searchable databases of church record transcriptions with links to the actual images on Familysearch. There is a very strong and active genealogy community in South Africa with British, Irish, German, Scandinavian and Dutch ancestry, and there are many more active South African websites available than just this ‘starter for ten’. PAUL TANNER-TREMAINE, VIA EMAIL Thank you for this list, Paul. Our guide was very much designed as a starting point for research, and due to space constraints, could only touch the surface of what is out there. We are always very happy to receive readers’ recommendations of sites they have found particularly useful, especially when they involve countries outside the UK – so do let us know if there are any you think we should mention!