Registry

The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.

Sorted by Date / Title

e-Family.co.za

A completely free genealogy site, mainly for those researching their roots in South Africa.

 

South African Family History

The South African Family History website wants to help you uncover the missing people (and pieces) of your family tree.

Ancestor.co.za

Ancestor.co.za is one of the largest online sources of original South African genealogy information. With over 1 million family tree records available, they hope your visit will be rewarding and that you will enjoy discovering more about your South African ancestors.

Amabatha Heritage Society (AHS)

The Amabatha Heritage Society (AHS) a Heritage Organisation which which was formed to preserve the history, customs and heritage of the Mbatha Clan. We then expanded our scope to include the whole of the Nguni Nations.

Horst Kleinschmidt - A Personal Journey

Horst Gerhard Hermann Kleinschmidt writes on this website that ‘over the past number of years I have been writing a fairly regular Newsletter on my research into my family history and on events in my own past. I also write to the newspapers on South African politics and concerns I have about our young and fragile democracy. Besides that I write to my ‘Ubumelwane’, my neighbourhood in the Southern Cape Peninsula about problems concerning our unequal and racially divided suburbs. And I often comment on the fisheries administration in South Africa where I worked at the end of my career.

 

The purpose of this website is to bring all these writings and related photographs under one roof.

Wakahina

Wakahina is an online collaboration which keeps the African heritage, Culture & Clan surname praises.

The Ulwazi Programme

The Ulwazi Programme was established in 2008 as the first digital library in South Africa aimed at collecting and sharing indigenous knowledge and local history and culture. The Ulwazi Programme collects and shares local knowledge and histories in the form of a ‘wiki’, a website designed to enable contributions and modifications from multiple users. Local knowledge is recorded on the wiki by fieldworkers who are employed by the programme.

Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project, first conceptualised in 2002, was officially established in 2003 to research and document manuscript tradition in Africa.

Over the past seven years a Project team has been involved in the study of manuscript tradition in Africa, including manuscript translation, digitalisation and historical studies of book and library traditions.

 

Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA)

The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) was established to collect and preserve genealogical source material in a scientific manner and conduct genealogical research with a view to rendering a service and publishing genealogies and family histories of all South African families. GISA is registered with SARS as a non-taxable institution.

Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS)

The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS) have been helping fellow comrades in need since 1927. There are various tiers within the organisation and by using the navigation of this website, one will be able to navigate and gain knowledge of the Order.

The Auschwitz Album

The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier.

Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector.

PARI approaches this from two angles: 1) analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and 2) research into social change, citizenship and governance.

/A Word Of Art (/AWOA)

/A WORD OF ART was founded in 2009. /AWOA believes in connecting people through creative practices to help effect social change on a local, national and global scale committed to providing a platform and catalyst for art through facilitating collaboration through an international artists’ exchange, and initiating and managing local community mural art outreach.

This is Africa (TIA)

This is Africa (TIA) is a forum for Africans, by Africans, to reclaim our identity, our heritage and our continent’s rightful political, economic and cultural position in the globalised world and in the global consciousness.

Gardens of the Golden City

Gardens of the Golden City was the brainchild of Denise Voysey and Esther Townsend, of the Randburg Horticultural Society, with the encouragement of Peggy Morgan (all are past chairladies). Starting on a very small scale in 1997, garden clubs in and around Johannesburg were invited to join in by finding gardens in their areas which would be appreciated by the garden loving public.

Joburg Photowalkers

Since August 2009, Johannesburg’s ‘photowalkers’ have been trekking around the city, cameras in hand, photographing public spaces and sharing them on social platforms. The group, which is open to any level of photographic skill, offers a great means to discover the city as part of a social pack, following the principle of safety in numbers.

Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG)

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) was founded by Karoo author and photographer, Jonathan Deal in February 2011. In March of 2011, TKAG was strengthened by the addition of Lewis Gordon Pugh – internationally renowned environmental campaigner and swimmer.

Yeoville Bellevue Community Development Trust (YBCDT)

The Yeoville Bellevue Community Development Trust (YBCDT) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation, registered as a Trust with the Master of the High Court. The nature of the YBCDT’s work is such that (at present) we rely completely on funding from government, corporates or funding agencies. YBCDT have kept going the last three years with income from government and from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). This applies to our operational costs (which are not high – we run a very modest office) and our project costs for the Africa Week Festival, Yeovue News etc. However, these sources of funding are not as easily available and so we are looking at other options for financial support.

ABLEWiki

ABLEWiki is a publicly accessible, open access repository that documents and also creates awareness of our built environment heritage. It is an initiative of the Universtiy of Pretoria.

British Pathé

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world. Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.

Museums Online South Africa (MOSA)

Museums Online South Africa (MOSA)™ is an established and dynamic heritage portal recognised both nationally and internationally. It is run by an Association that maintains and develops this portal dedicated to art, science, culture and technology.

Respatrimoni: Network of Researchers on 'Heritagisations' (Online Blog)

Respatrimoni: Network of Researchers on ‘Heritagisations’ is an online blog which was created by a network of critical researchers on heritagizations of different countries and languages.

Stellenbosch Heemkring

The association, the Stellenbosch Heemkring, was founded in 1968 from the desire of a group of dedicated residents to preserve, especially through word, image and sound material, the cultural heritage of their town and district, the “heem” Stellenbosch and to bring this material together in an archive for preservation and release.  Since then the Heemkring has gone from strength to strength and is still a vibrant organization with a passion for preservation.

The Archival Company

The Archival Company helps you create your digital legacy by restoring old medias into current formats you can see, share and relive.

ARTerial Network

The Arterial Network is a dynamic network of individuals, organizations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sector.

Wits Rock Art Research Institute (RARI)

The Rock Art Research Institute had its small beginnings in 1979 when Professor David Lewis-Williams moved from the Social Anthropology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand to the Archaeology Department.

A few years later, in 1983, he started a research project focused on surveying and recording the rock art of the Harrismith district, South Africa. This project was headed by Professor Lewis-Williams, with Bruce Fordyce as the only other researcher, and was funded by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). This project grew and the necessity for interpretation of the rock art, not just finding the rock art sites, became a primary focus.

Moving Image Archive

The goal of the Moving Image Archive in digitizing these movies and putting them online is to provide easy access to a rich and fascinating core collection of archival films.

By providing near-unrestricted access to these films, they hope to encourage widespread use of moving images in new contexts by people who might not have used them before.

Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component — all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

TANAP Digital Archives

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) is the legal entity that is accountable for the TANAP Programme. NWO manages also the finances and provide administrative support. A steering committee and a programme committee monitor the programme.

Genealogy World

85 Million people out on the Internet, and growing by the Day. Many of them are doing some kind of Family research. And, with Genealogy being the single FASTEST growth area on the Net. They want to provide a Resource Center, and a Genealogy site, that will allow many to “One Stop Shop” to feed their hunger for Genealogical Information.

South African Data Archive (SADA)

The South African Data Archive (SADA) was established in 1993 when the director of the Danish Data Archive (DDA) was invited to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as a consultant to undertake a feasibility study on the viability of establishing a data archive in South Africa. SADA has since been incorporated into the National Research Foundation (NRF) which was established in April 1999 by the National Research Foundation Act.

Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA)

The Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA) is a voluntary organisation that aims to support the study and preservation of vernacular architecture in South Africa.

Steam In Action South Africa

Steam in Action South Africa was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa.

Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society

The Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society is involved in preservation activities in around this historic Eastern Cape town. Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is often described as the ‘heart of the Great Karoo’. The society is an affiliated branch of Heritage SA, the largest and oldest organisation of its kind in the country.

Prince Albert Heritage Associtation

The Prince Albert Heritage Association actively lobbies for the preservation of heritage resources in and around this historic town. The association is an affiliated branch of Heritage South Africa, the oldest and largest group involved in heritage preservation in the country.

Redford Conservancy

The Redford Conservancy aims to ensure the conservation and restoration of the environment, its flora, fauna and any special architectural, cultural and geological features within it’s defined area, for the best interests of all residents and for future generations. In order to fulfill this aim, consultation and co-operative integrated planning and action shall be facilitated.

Modderfontein Conservation Society

The Modderfontein Conservation Society is a volunteer body that helps preserve the Modderfontein Reserve which is located in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. They give guided walks around the Reserve and they hold a monthly talk on a nature related topic at the Modderfontein town hall. The Reserve is a great place to take a nature walk or spot birds so please keep a close eye on out their schedule of events on their website for various walks and talks.

Dullstroom Heritage Society

The Dullstroom Heritage Society was founded in 2013. The group aims to create interest and excitement in the town’s fascinating heritage.

Hartbeespoort Environment and Heritage Association (HEHA)

The Hartbeespoort and surrounding environment is a cultural landscape, rich in natural and man made assets. The HEHA accept stewardship of this Heritage.

The main objectives of HEHA to 1) get to know the natural and man-made heritage in our environment, 2) nurture interest and appreciation for it with the public, 3) protect and preserve it, 4) utilise it in meaningful and sustainable ways, 5) make it accessible, 6) improve it to the best of our present knowledge and abilities, and 7) convey it to posterity.

South East Witwatersrand Family History Society

The South East Witwatersrand Family History Society was established in June 1987 with a view to furthering genealogical interest among residents of the East Rand.

Hugenot Society of South Africa

The members of the Huguenot Society of South Africa endeavours to preserve and promote the Huguenot heritage in South Africa through various activities, and undertake research into the history and genealogy of Huguenot families in South Africa.

Provincial Heritage Resources Authorities (PHRAs)

Provicial Heritage Resources Authorities (PRAHs) are government agencies established at provincial level in South Africa and is responsible for the management of immovable heritage (i.e., places enjoying protection in terms of heritage legislation). In some instances, they are also responsible for moveable heritage, interpretation centres and museums.

Artefacts.co.za

Artefacts.co.za is a phenomenal website that gives you access to a spectrum of information about South Africa’s Built Environment. If you are looking for information on buildings, structures, landscapes, architects or engineers past and present then this site should be your first port of call.

South African Cannon Association (SACA)

The South African Cannon Association (SACA) is all about preserving the muzzle loading cannon heritage of South Africa as a hobby - no fees or business meetings - only good, legal fun.

Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFHS)

The Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFHS) meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except third Wednesday of December and the first Wednesday of January) at 7:30pm, at the Natal Carbineers Drill Hall in Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg. Extensive research sources (including many early copies of “The Natal Witness”) are available to researchers at all meetings and normally a speaker on a family history or related subject speaks at the third Wednesday meeting.

Southern African Historical Society (SAHS)

The Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) is an active network for communication among professional historians located throughout the subcontinental region and the organisational home for the accredited South African Historical Journal.

Knysna Historical Society

The Knysna Historical Society has its roots in the Friends of Millwood House, an association founded in the early 1970’s, to preserve and protect historical records and artifacts of old Knysna. The Historical Society was formally established in 1993 when the Millwood House Museum was handed over into the care of the Knysna Municipality.

South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS)

Through the South African Heritage Resources Information System, SAHRA is able to provide a heritage management tool to all heritage bodies and custodians of heritage, as well as to local planning authorities and provincial heritage resources authorities.

KZN a Photographic Record

KZN a Photographic Record is intended to be the single most comprehensive image based record of Historical, Heritage and Architectural sites in KZN in 2012 and 2013. The motivation for this work is to record our heritage that is rapidly being degraded due to neglect, willful destruction and thoughtless developments, particuarly in areas not under the watchful eye of Heritage agencies.

Getty Images

In 1995, Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein founded Getty Images to bring the fragmented stock photography business into the digital age. And that’s exactly what they did. Thee were the first company to license imagery online - and have continued to drive the industry forward with breakthrough licensing models, digital media management tools and a comprehensive offering of creative and editorial imagery, micro-stock, footage and music.

Africa Media Online

African Media Online is a professional marketplace based in South Africa. They sell publication rights to African photos, audio files and text produced by African journalists and deliver the required media files via high res download off this website.

 

Anglo-Boer War.com

The Anglo Boer War.com website aims to make available information on the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and to provide a forum for discussion of the many aspects of this conflict. And it contains a comprehensive database containing the records of more than 55,000 British soldiers killed, captured or wounded in the Second Anglo-Boer War.

Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (ESAAC)

The Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (ESAAC) aims to provide South Africans and others interested in the field comprehensive reference material to understanding (a) aspects of South African arts and culture from antiquity to the present, and (b) the rich cultural diversity characteristic of South African society.

British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1900-1902: Database (BCCD)

The British Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1900-1902 database is a University of Cape Town initiative is an ongoing project and a number of registers have yet to be completed. Because of the complexity of the sources, most of them produced under wartime conditions, and the incomplete nature of the project, the database does contain duplicates and inconsistencies.

DITSONG: Tswaing Meteorite Crater

This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world. The name Tswaing means Place of Salt in Setswane, and refers to a saline lake that covers the crater floor.

Spier Architectural Art (SAA)

SPIER ARCHITECTURAL ARTS is an arm of the Spier Arts Trust, which offers turnkey artistic solutions to architectural needs.

ArtThrob - Contemporary Art in South Africa

ArtThrob is South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication, reporting on the national arts scene and the involvement of South African artists in the international art world.

Constitutional Court Trust

The Constitutional Court Trust was established in 1995 to manage funds donated in support of the newly established Constitutional Court. The Trust operates on a charitable, not for profit basis, and is independent of both the Court and Government.

Moja Heritage Collection.co.za

The Moja Heritage Collection is South Africa’s leading guide to natural, historical and cultural visitor attractions.

Visual History Explorer (VHX)

The Visual History Explorer (VHX) is an interactive spatial and temporal platform that provides unprecedented access and context to archival material concerned with the history of apartheid and the liberation struggle in southern Africa.

UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme was established in 1992, and the impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.

Buddhactivity.org

Connecting the ancient teachings of the Buddha in the modern world.

South African Biodiversity Information Facility (SABIF)

The South African Biodiversity Information Facility (SABIF) was established by the Department of Science and Technology, in an endeavor to facilitate free and open access to the biodiversity data of South Africa and in this manner contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

SANBI DNA Bank

DNA banking assists SANBI in partially meeting its mandate to support collections of biodiversity. The intent is that researchers around the world will be able to access the database and submit requests for material.

Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre

The Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre is in the Hartebeespoort / De Wildt en-route to Brits, against the northern slopes of the great Magaliesberge. The Herb Nursery offers and incredible selection of herbs, trialled and stabilized in the trial gardens, and all information about the plants is there for the visitors to peruse. The nursery offers an amazing and rare fruit trees, vines and medicinal plants.

Oppenheimer Gardens

The Oppenheimer Gardens lie in the heart of Soweto in the suburb of Jabavu. These Gardens, spread over several hectares, have plenty of trees and indigenous medicinal plants. These provide a haven for many Soweto bird species.

North-West University Botanical Garden

The NWU Botanical Garden is situated adjacent to the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. It covers an area of almost 3 hectares. Most of the plants in the Botanical Garden are indigenous with the exception of a few exotic plants which are of botanical, medicinal or educational importance. A section of the garden, around a man-made rocky-ridge, is managed as a natural field garden while the rest of the garden is more intensively managed. A variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and fish made the garden their home in recent years providing a whole new dimension to the Botanical Garden.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Garden

The UKZN Botanical Garden has several impressive plant collections used for teaching and research including Carnivorous Plants, Ferns and Zulu Medicinal Plants.

Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Garden‘s s main plant collections are cycads, orchids, bromeliads and palms. The Garden also has a unique selection of trees from all over the world. There are more than eighty heritage trees which, in many instances, exceed one hundred years old and therefore have historic value.

Manie van der Schiff Botanical Garden

The Manie van der Schiff Botanical Garden was established in 1934 and is managed by the University of Pretoria. And although the Garden was originally established to support research and conservation of indigenous plants, the Garden is open to the public.

Johannesburg Botanical Garden

The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is situated at the Emmerentia Dam and was established in 1964 as a large rose garden (becoming known locally as the “Rose Garden”). It subsequently expanded to cover an area of around 125 hectares.

Makana Botanical Gardens

Formerly known as the Grahamstown Botanical Gardens, the Makana Botanical Gardens were founded in 1853 by Deed of Grant on the slopes of Gun Fire Hill. aid to be the second oldest such gardens in South Africa and a national monument, lie adjacent to the Rhodes University campus in Grahamstown. They were established way back in 1853 and were the second garden established in the Cape Colony at the time.

The Garden boasts a wide variety of fauna and flora, as well as animals.

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the historical center of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic.

SANBI National Botanical Gardens

SANBI’s Conservation Gardens & Tourism Division manages SANBI’s network of nine National Botanical Gardens (NBGs), each with their associated tourism infrastructure and conservation estate, and Interpretation Section. ‘Conservation Gardens’ is the international term for botanical gardens that include both landscaped and natural areas within their boundaries.

A.P Goossens Herbarium (NWU)

The A.P Goossens Herbarium at the North-West University has been managed by seven curators during its 80 years of existence. It has been housed in many buildings and has shifted regularly between the Botany Department and the Botanical Garden. It was initially known as the Herbarium Potchefstroom for C.H.E., but the name was later changed in honour of its founder and first curator, Professor Antonie Goossens.

University of the Western Cape Herbarium

The UWC Herbarium dates from 1962, when Prof J B Gouws, the first professor in Botany started a small teaching herbarium in the then Department of Botany.  By 1980, the collection numbered nearly 3000 specimens and was moved out of its cramped office to the present spacious building which also serves as a seminar room for staff and senior students.  Currently it holds close to 7 000 specimens.

Southern Cape Herbarium

The rich flora of the Southern Cape is one of the region’s most precious assets. The Herbarium has produced comprehensive species lists, data-bases, over 10 000 mounted plant specimens.

Selmar Schonland Herbarium (GRA)

The Selmar Schonland Herbarium (GRA), which is housed at the Rhodes University, was formed in 1993 by the amalgamation of the Albany Museum Herbarium (GRA) and the Rhodes University Herbarium (RUH). It is named in honour of the distinguished botanist, Selmar Schonland, who did much to establish botany in South Africa, at Rhodes University and the botanical collections of the Albany Museum in the late 19th century. The herbarium is affiliated to Rhodes University Department of Botany and the Albany Museum.

The herbarium houses approximately 200 000 plant specimens, making it the 4th largest herbarium in South Africa and the 9th largest on the whole African continent.

Ria Olivier Herbarium

The Ria Olivier Herbarium is housed at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and contains specimens collected primarily along the Eastern Cape and Western Cape coastal plains, as far inland as about 100 km. The herbarium also contains a collection of macroalgae and phytoplankton.

Grootfontein Herbarium

The herbarium at Grootfontein is one of the very few herbaria in the Karoo and Northern Cape Province and by law invested in the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) it can never be closed as it has existed for more than 60 years.

Bolus Herbarium

The Bolus Herbarium was established in 1865, is the oldest functioning herbarium in South Africa. As part of an academic institution its primary function is to aid in the teaching and research of the diversity of the southern African flora, particularly that of the Cape Floristic Region. Research associated with the herbarium focuses mainly on taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and endemism.

KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium

The KZN Herbarium is a centre for the study of the indigenous plants of the eastern region of South Africa. This region includes three of the IUCN internationally recognised centres of plant diversity - namely the Maputaland, Pondoland and Drakensberg Centres.

Compton Herbarium

The Compton Herbarium is located in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town.

The collection houses approximately 750 000 specimens covering mainly the winter rainfall region of southern Africa, but there are also many valuable specimens from around the world in the South African Museum (SAM) collection. For historical reasons the SAM collections, the oldest in the country, are kept and managed separately from the general herbarium.

National Herbarium of South Africa

Is situated within the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, houses the largest collection of plant specimens in southern Africa with over one million specimens.

Lebanese Family Club

The Lebanese Family Club in South Africa was founded by Fr Nadim Abou Zeid in 2004, who, as Superior of the Maronite Catholic Mission in South Africa, had as his aim the finding of a club to preserve and unify the spirit of the Lebanese Family and the Lebanese Diaspora under the shadow of the Cedar Tree.

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008. It contains several hundred million entries, each recording one event, such as a birth, baptism (christening), marriage, or death.

BlackLDS.org

This is a website dedicated to black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI)

The Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI) was founded in 1995 to bring attention to the scholarly study of Islam and Muslim societies and communities in Africa and beyond. Since then, it has completed a number of research projects and cooperated with researchers and institutes across the globe.

Bo-Kaap The Cape Malay Quarter

This website is about the multicultural area, called the Bo-Kaap, and is updated by people who live or have previously lived in Bo-Kaap. we hope you enjoy the website as much as we do putting it all together!

Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group (SA-SIG)

The purposes and goals of SA-SIG are to bring together Jewish genealogy researchers with a common interest in Southern Africa. This page is a portal to our basic information about Southern African research and our research aspirations.

Jewish Currents

Jewish Currents is a non-profit, progressive Jewish media project that has evolved out of a 68-year-old magazine with a proud heritage of activist journalism. Our mission: to cultivate the self-awareness of Jews as builders of a better world, and to jazz up Jewish identity with art and creative expression. JC is unique among Jewish publications in its historical awareness, its integration of art and politics, its commitment to Jewish diversity, and the independence and unpretentiousness of its voice.

JewishGen.org

JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come.  Our free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

JewishGen, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, was founded in 1987 as a bulletin board with only 150 users who were interested in Jewish genealogy.  Primarily driven by volunteers, there are over 700 active volunteers throughout the world who actively contribute to our ever growing collection of databases, resources and search tools.  Currently, JewishGen hosts more than 20 million records, and provides a myriad of resources and search tools designed to assist those researching their Jewish ancestry.

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. The various centres serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism; to teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination; and to promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

Moravian Brass Band Union of South Africa (BBSA)

The Moravian Brass Band Union of South Africa (also known as the BBSA) is a Union within the Moravian Church in South Africa.  The Union was founded, on the instructions of the church authorities, in 1951 to promote brass band work within the congregations with a view to enabling them to answer their biblical calling.

Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary, through a series of mergers covering more than half a century, represents the consolidation into one seminary of what at one time were six separate institutions.

The oldest of the antecedent institutions was Augsburg Theological Seminary, founded in 1869 at Marshall, Wis., as the seminary of the Lutheran Free Church. It remained a separate seminary until 1963 when the Lutheran Free Church merged with the American Lutheran Church and Augsburg Seminary was united with Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA)

The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) was founded in 1964. Since then the society has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. One of the goals of the GSSA, is to produce Family Registers and other Genealogical Products making it available to family researchers. They assist with preparing members’ research for printing or writing it to CD. The GSSA also act as a publisher to assist with marketing the completed product.

Buddhism in South Africa

The Buddhist traditions are represented in South Africa in many forms. Although the inherently introspective nature of Buddhism does not encourage census, adherents to these traditions are usually outspoken and supported by perhaps an even greater, though hidden number of sympathisers. Temples, centres and groups are common in the metropolitan areas and the country is thought to comprise the largest Buddhist community in Africa.

African Traditional Religion (ATR)

Traditional African religion is based on oral traditions, which means that the basic values and way of life are passed from elders to younger generation. These traditions are not religious principles, but a cultural identity that is passed on through stories, myths and tales.

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