genealogy

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.

Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos

South Africa's famous wine farms were founded and built on slavery, and are still suffering the effects of this terrible legacy. But Solms-Delta, a farm in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, has put in place various mechanisms to build a truly equal industry, while paying respect to the past.

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.