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Books and CDs

Scribes Publishing - South African historical documents and resources on CD as well as specialist books on local history. 

The Van Riebeeck Society - Makes primary sources in South African history available in a readable and enjoyable form to anyone interested in Southern African history.

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Societies

Cape Town Family History Society - a go getter genealogical society, with the accent on Cape families and history.

eGSSA  - The virtual branch of the GSSA 

Genealogical Society of South Africa - (GSSA) a national genealogical body with semi autonomous regional bodies. 

The South African Military History Society - An informative military specialist society covering all aspects of South African military history.

 

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Libraries and Museums

The Cory Library, Grahamstown - a repository for a large portion of Methodist and Presbyterian church registers.

The Anglo-Boer War Museum - A well designed website listing campaigns, regiments etc. dealing with the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1901).

The Huguenot Museum  - dedicated to preserving the history of the Huguenot Settlers in South Africa.

The John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre  - an amazing collection of images and data on ships and shipping mainly centred around Cape Town. Marsh was the shipping editor of the Cape Argus for many years.

Genealogical Institute of South Africa - (GISA) was established to collect and preserve South African genealogical source material. It has an extensive archive and library.

The National Archives of South Africa - the largest repository of archival material in South Africa.  Free searchable online index of material.

The National Library of South Africa  -  houses rare, historical books and archival material.

South African Airforce Museum - South African Military Aviation history.

South African Museums (Iziko) - Find out more about the SA Museum, The West Coast Fossil Park, the Slave Lodge, Groot Constantia, the S A National Gallery, S A Maritime Museum, the Bo-Kaap Museum and more....

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Military Interest Websites

The Anglo-Boer War Museum - A well designed website listing campaigns, regiments etc. dealing with the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902).

Anglo-Boer War.com -With over 2500 pages on this website which include pictures, maps, medal rolls, details of all awards for the Boer War and more, this site is definitely worth a visit.

The Asplin Military History Resources Web Page - A superb source of information of particular interest to Victorian military historians and researchers. Find lists of names, regiments and medal rolls amongst other interesting things. 

The Cape Town Highlanders - Visit the home pages of this Battalion - formed in 1885.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find your ancestors here if they fell in any of the world conflicts of the 20th Century.

Fleet Air Arm Archives 1939 - 1945 - A comprehensive and informative site dealing with archival material covering all aspects of British Fleet Air Arm including lots of useful links (South Africa represented)

Regiments of the Empire and Commonwealth - A comprehensive site on British regiments, their histories, their campaigns, battle honours and medal rolls.  THIS SITE SEEMS TO BE UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS - KEEP CHECKING ITS STATUS!

South African Air Force Museum - South African Military Aviation history

The South African Military History Society - A comprehensive and informative website dealing with all aspects of South African Military History

Stephen's Study Room - An interesting site dealing with British Military & Criminal History in the period 1900 to 1999. As well as an interesting section on the Boer War (1899 - 1902) which gives details of medals and how they were awarded.

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Ships and Passenger Links

South African Genealogy DataArchive - Lists of passengers arriving at Cape Town - mostly 1800s.  Wrecks and Survivors.  Books and CDs. 

Genealogy World - Natal maritime pages including passenger lists, shipping and shipwrecks, immigration, the history of the port of Durban and more...

General Botha - South African Training Ship - A very informative site listing all the Old Boys of the SATS General Botha, with links to personal histories. The intake year list has links to class photographs for all years. 

German Settler Ships  - These ships brought German Settlers to South Africa during the mid 19th century. Find many passenger lists here- you don't get luckier than this!!

The Ships List - Voyages to Australia and New Zealand.  Includes Passenger lists, Fleet lists, Ship's pictures, Marriages at sea, Ship wrecks, Famine emigrants, info on Union Castle ships and more....

Trafalgar Ancestors?  - Were any of your ancestors at the Battle of Trafalgar? Visit this informative and searchable site of all the ships and personnel present at that great battle. 

The Wreck Site  - A comprehensive and interesting wreck database - searchable and with many photographs 

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General Interest Sites

Cape Death Notice Index - A searchable database of Death Notices from the Master of the High Court in Cape Town.  Not all years are represented as the project is ongoing, but nevertheless a valuable resource.

Genealogy World - Natal maritime pages including passenger lists, shipping, shipwrecks, immigration, the history of the port of Durban and more...

South African Mailing Lists - Hosted by RootsWeb, this site will give you the opportunity of subscribing to South African genealogical mailing lists where other interested and fanatical genies share their knowledge and problems to the common good. 

South African History Online - Find out more about South African history - informative and updated daily.

The South African Post Office  - Looking for postal codes, districts etc. in modern South Africa? This is the place to be.

The South African White Pages  - Find all residential telephone and address listings in Telkom's Official Website. 

VOC Links  - Lots of information on the history of the VOC including shipping, slaves, settlements, maps and more...

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Cemeteries - Graves - Memorials

Cape Cemeteries - Cape Metropolitan Council administered cemeteries within the greater Cape Town area, including Maitland, Plumstead, Muizenberg, Klip, Bellville, Hout Bay and more...

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find your ancestors here if they fell in any of the world conflicts of the 20th Century.

Johannesburg City Cemeteries - Search an online database for burials in the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng (Transvaal).

South Africa War Graves Project - An extensive collection of photographs and details of the fallen in South Africa & Rhodesia - covering conflicts from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, WW1, WW2, Korea, Rand Revolt, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War to present day. Well worth a visit. 

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 Churches in the Western Cape

Some older churches in the Cape which might be of significance for researchers

St Paul's Anglican Church : Rondebosch  

St John's Anglican Church : Wynberg

St George's Cathedral : Cape Town

Groote Kerk : Cape Town - Afrikaans only

St Andrew's Anglican Church : Newlands

N G Kerk : Wynberg - Afrikaans only

The Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown 

The Catholic Diocese of Cape Town

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Settlers & Emigrants

1820 British Settlers - the definitive site for researching this group who settled the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony and had a huge impact on the history of South Africa. 

German Settlers in South Africa - a very comprehensive site for those researching German Ancestry in South Africa.  

German Settler Ships  - These ships brought German Settlers to South Africa during the mid 19th century. Find many passenger lists here- you don't get luckier than this!!

St Helena Family History  - Do you suspect that your ancestors might have come from St Helena Island? Browse this website - it includes Census records, military details, passenger records and individual family records.

British Settlers in Argentina - Lost an ancestor? Try this huge indexed collection of records from Argentina documenting the presence of thousands of British and other English-speaking residents there. Includes baptisms, marriages, deaths from the Anglican and Scots Presbyterian churches and more...

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South African Mailing Lists

Cape Town Mailing List - A list created with the aim of establishing a forum to assist anyone researching their ancestors' lives in Cape Town and the Cape Colony.  

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International Sites

GENERAL

International Genealogical Index - The largest genealogical database in the world.

Archive to Archive - or A2A as it is known.  The A2A database contains catalogues from various archive repositories throughout England, dating from the 900s to the present day.  

British Settlers in Argentina - Lost an ancestor? Try this huge indexed collection of records from Argentina documenting the presence of thousands of British and other English-speaking residents there. Includes baptisms, marriages, deaths from the Anglican and Scots Presbyterian churches and more...

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BRITAIN

1901 Census for England & Wales - Find your English ancestors in this online database (pay to view)

The Public Records Office - Find wills and other documentation for British ancestors

Archive to Archive - or A2A as it is known.  The A2A database contains catalogues from various archive repositories throughout England, dating from the 900s to the present day all searchable on one search engine.  Amazing stuff here so surf to your heart's content.

The Black Sheep Index  - Did one of your British Ancestors stray from the straight and narrow? Find them and those that were responsible for keeping the law,  on this website.

Cemeteries of England - a growing site of cemeteries and monumental inscriptions in England

The Irish Family Research Website - trace your Irish Ancestors effortlessly through 100ís of rare, and, in most cases, exclusive databases 

Scots Origins - Find Scottish ancestors, parish registers and census details 

Irish Origins - Find Irish ancestors, parish registers and census details 

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