What’s in a South African name? From Krotoa to Van der Stel

Despite generations of official efforts to keep South Africans apart, racial mingling goes back to the very first years when white and black met at the Cape of Good Hope.

A need for roots drives passion for genealogy

When he discovered the names of his great-great-grandparents, who were slaves on a farm in Worcester, Aubrey Springveldt felt a sense of "rootedness". His interest and experience in genealogy led to his teaching others how to research their family history.

Research South African genealogy on the internet

Gone are the days of waiting for snail mail from possible relatives on the other side of the world. Family history research is far more accessible - and addictive - in the Internet age. Sharon Marshall offers a primer of sites for SA amateur genies.