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Trace your South African family tree with these lessons, genealogy databases and resources, surnames and surname meanings, archives, mailing lists and research sites for genealogy research in South Africa.

Genealogical Society of South Africa
The GSSA was founded in 1964 to facilitate contact between people engaged in South African genealogical research.

International Jewish Cemetery Project - South Africa
Information on Jewish cemeteries in the African country of South Africa.

National Archives of South Africa
The National Archives of South Africa contains a wealth of genealogy information with genealogical sources dating back to the 17th century. They don't have anything posted online, but you can learn more about their resources in the genealogical research section of the Web site.

South Africa Message Board - RootsWeb
A free, fairly active message board for posting your South African genealogy questions or surnames and for searching the surname queries of others.

South African Genealogy
A wonderful site for people researching their South African heritage with resources, methodologies, maps, and hints such as standard South African genealogical symbols.

South African Heraldry
Visit this site to learn more about South African Heraldry including pictures of the Coats-of-arms for many surnames, but without specific information on their meaning or origin.

Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group
A portal to information of interest to those researching Jewish family history in the communities of South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), Swaziland, Moçambique and the former Belgian Congo. Includes helpful articles, links and a mailing list.

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