German Genealogy in South Africa by Jacqueline. This index includes records from the following South African marriage collections. [4] Bergtheil saw the potential of European settlement along the coast and approached the British colonial office for immigrants. With over 1 million family tree records available, we hope your visit will be rewarding and that you will enjoy discovering more about your South African ancestors. This index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find occupations, birth dates, and even whether they owned a pistol. The earliest efforts were made by George Schmidt, a Moravian whose work was carried on in the late 18th c by other Moravians at the famous Genadendal Mission Station. Maybe they came to South Africa. Hermannsburg Missionaries and Colonists the respective congregation in which you are interested. To start you off have a look at these pages: Furthermore, there is a wealth of data off-line. In light of increasing interest, there will be longer waiting times. Berlin Missionaries. German South Africans refers to South Africans who have full or partial German heritage. [1] In the 1680s, more German farmers and women arrived at Cape Colony. From this point onwards the white population increased to about 1300 by the year 1700. In: German | Links; 5 Comments; I found a great site on Germans in South Africa and how to go about such research if this is something you are interested in. South Africa. Ship's passenger lists Hamburg-South Africa [2][3] He arrived in Natal in 1843 and established the Natal Cotton Company three years later. I also have an ancestor that was born on the La Rochelle on route to East London South Africa. The inner coat of the body is thick; on the other hand, another jacket is a wave-like structure. Welcome to this outpost of sunny South Africa ! German South Africans refers to South Africans who have full or partial German heritage.. A significant number of South Africans are descended from Germans. A list of Berlin Missionaries in South Africa South Africa, Marriage Index, 1807-2007 [database on-line]. Gert Johannes Koch 04 Jan 1908 South Africa - 27 Mar 1984 managed by Eugene Fourie Lionel George Bell Koch 17 Oct 1941 Vryheid, Natal, South Africa - 23 Oct 2000 Unlisted Koch A list of Hermannsburg Missionaries in South Africa Some black people living in Germany today can claim ancestry dating back five generations to that time. Though not as active on the web as on paper, exploration of Jewish roots in South Africa has a starting point at Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy: Websites and Anne Lemkuhl’s Lemkuhl Family Home Page and German South African Resource Page provide great leads for German ancestors. What I Do. Cyndi's List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 20 years.Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.. What exactly is Cyndi's List?. A group of German settlers came to Natal in March 1848 on the ship Beta, under a private scheme arranged by a German Jewish businessman Jonas Bergtheil. So many generations that the only relative I know of who came to South Africa as a immigrant was my 3rd great grandmother on my mom's side, who apparently came from Wales. German Namibians are a community of people descended from ethnic German colonists who settled in present-day Namibia. In 1989, there were an estimated 4.6 million white people with European ancestry on the African continent. South African Genealogy has collected lots of Passenger Lists and made them freely available for you to search through. South Africa. White Africans of European ancestry are descendants of any of the white ethnic groups originating on the European continent. As far as I know, none of them have been filmed either, so that they will not be available via the Family History Centres. They were settled near Port Natal and called their new home Neu-Deutschland (New Germany). South Africa, Immigration Index, 1858-1986 [database on-line]. When first the British and then the Bavarian governments rejected his plans, he turned to the Kingdom of Hanover for support. ELCSA (Cape) This collection includes church records from South Africa. To get any information, you will have to contact the local minister of Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Genealogical website for Germans who have emigrated to South Africa since the 1600s. In 1691, the population was 1000 Europeans especially Dutch (85%), German (5%) & Huguenots (10%) and 400 slaves. We are South Africa’s biggest online Genealogy Research service, offering members access to more than 500,000,000 transcribed Genealogy-related records. Here is a deeper look at the National Archives of South Africa. South Africa. South Africa. German South West Africa, German Deutsch-Südwestafrika, a former German colony (1884–1919) that is now the nation of Namibia, in southwestern Africa.In 1883 Franz Adolf Lüderitz, a merchant from Bremen, Germany, established a trading post in southwest Africa at Angra Pequena, which he renamed Lüderitzbucht.He also acquired the adjacent coastal area, which he named Lüderitzland. South African ancestry and family tree research HOME : SEARCH : THE DATABASE : HELP : CONTACT US : Welcome to Ancestor.co.za, one of the largest online sources of original South African genealogy information. Additional South Africa Genealogy Resources The eGGSA Passenger List Project A project to transcribe all passenger lists in the South African archives German South Africa Resources German genealogy in South Africa 1820 British Settlers 1820 South Africa British Settlers' Genealogy and other information. South Africa, Immigration Index, 1858-1986 [database on-line]. A list of early German immigrants to the Cape 1652-1806, A list of German surnames in South Africa, A list of Berlin Missionaries in South Africa, A list of Hermannsburg Missionaries in South Africa, A list of Moravian Missionaries in South Africa, Ship's passenger lists Hamburg-South Africa, Surname interest list for families of German origin in South Africa, Individual Immigrants of the 19th Century, An address book of Germans in Cape Town in 1886, Genealogy in the old German colonies in Africa. The majority once lived along the Mediterranean coast or in Southern Africa. About South Africa, Marriage Index, 1807-2007. Welcome to Cyndi's List. They came from all German-speaking areas of Europe. The Germans who arrived at the Cape in the seventeenth century were not emigrants but worked for the Dutch East India Company, perhaps initially in Holland, and then were sent to the Cape. German missionaries established themselves at various centres in South Africa. An address book of Germans in Cape Town in 1886 Nearly all Jewish German citizens lost citizenship between 1933 and 1941. Note that all South African birth and marriage certificates must be in the unabridged/full form. Can you please help with this? A few references are available below: South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970. The party was made up of 90 settlers, most of them were Dutch & a number of people were from Germany. Ethnicity has been associated with the belief that ethnic groups are extended kinship networks that serve as basic dividing lines within societies, embracing groups differentiated by colour, language, religion and race. Surname interest list for families of German origin in South Africa Furthermore, there is a wealth of data off-line. Research Carstens in the Surnames forums on Genealogy.com, the new GenForum! After about 10 years most had prospered and had been able to take ownership of their lands. I found a great site on Germans in South Africa and how to go about such research if this is something you are interested in. German Genealogical Research in South Africa. South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970. The Human Sciences Research Council has also researched a number of the early German settler and their A group of 74 Germans, mainly vine-dressers and wine-makers selected by the Cape Emigration Commissioner, Mr Field, were among other emigrants who sailed to South Africa on the ship Aurifera. The South African Germans are definitely no angels, though. Posted by: Jacqueline on: September 17, 2006. In the United States census of 1990, 57 million people were fully or partly of German ancestry, forming the largest single ethnic group in the country as well as the largest population of Germans outside of Germany. Only if your birth was registered in Germany within one year of your date of birth, you became German. South Africa Online Genealogy Records This chart shows links to countrywide collections. These records are a work in progress so be sure to visit often to see what has been updated. In 1883, the German trader Adolf Lüderitz bought what would become the southern coast of Namibia from Josef Frederiks II, a chief of the local Oorlam people, and founded the city of Lüderitz. To start you off have a look at these pages: More databases will be added soon. This was during the era of assisted emigration to the Cape between 1857 and 1862. Johan Bernard Hoffman was a German immigrant to the Cape who arrived on the Vrybeigt in 1744. Sort by Count. Before colonisation and apartheid in South Africa, the concept of ethnicity was rooted in the ideas of bonds in kinship, biology and ancestry. sic... View Johannes Stephanus Spengler, SV/PROG 2's genealogy profile; 7/24/2008 2/3/2019 Follow Sort by Count. One of my lines originated form the Berlin Missionaries. Fully complete all German forms The English forms are a courtesy translations for your convenience, only, and are not to be submitted. South African Genealogy personal genealogy site, useful for beginners South African Genealogy another personal genealogy website South African Genealogy Look-Ups request volunteers to do free lookups on indexes they have access to South Africa Geneology Forum share your SA genealogy with other researchers top of page. I would like to find more info on them than just their place of birth & birth date etc. At least 1.6 million South Africans represented white Afrikaans speakers, or 10% of the total population. Their political views are no different than those of English or Afrikaans-speaking South Africans. The South African census of 1960 was the final census undertaken in the Union of South Africa. These German passengers’ names are given in Esme Bull’s book, ‘Aided Emigration to the Cape’. Most of these originally settled in the Cape Colony, but were absorbed into the Afrikaner and Afrikaans population, because they had religious & ethnic similarities to the Dutch and French. In 1652 the Dutch East India Company's established a supplies station at the Cape of Good Hope under the command of Jan van Riebeeck. White South Africans are South Africans descended from any of the white racial or ethnic groups of Europe and parts of the Middle East. There are descriptions of various groups that emigrated to South Africa, as well as lists of names and passenger lists to help you find your ancestor. There is no central deposit of church books for traditionally German churches in South Africa. Bergtheil's cotton scheme failed after the first two crops were ravaged by bollworm. The National Archives microfilm publication WO 100. Most are of Dutch, British, Portuguese, German, and French descent; and to a lesser extent there are also those who descended from Italians, Spaniards, and Greeks. Family History Research in South Africa This page is dedicated to various issues relating to German South Africans, including genealogy, local history and church matters. South Africa. Original data: War Office: Campaign Medal and Award Rolls 1793-1949 (General Series). With over 1 million family tree records available, we hope your visit will be rewarding and that you will enjoy discovering more about your South African ancestors. ELCSA (NT) the respective congregation in which you are interested. Absolutely everyone has access to view what records are currently available on the South African Ancestry website. The Germans are spread over the entire political spectrum and most parties (from extreme right to extreme left) will have the support of at least a few Germans. There is no central deposit of church books for traditionally German churches in South Africa. A list of German surnames in South Africa Contacts: Attention: If you were born outside of Germany after 31.12.1999 and your German parent him/herself was also born outside of Germany after 31.12.1999, then you were not born a German citizen. June 11, 2019 in Family History / Genealogy tagged German Genealogy / Hanover Genealogy / Holocaust / immigrant genealogy / Immigration / Jewish Genealogy / South African Genealogy by Bryce Rogers We recently traced a client’s ancestor from Orange Free State, South Africa, back to Germany. The information contained in each index is fairly extensive and lists the voter's name, residence, name of spouse, occupation, employer, gender, race, maiden name, date of birth and sometimes even the number of pigs owned. Julia Carstens from Odense Denmark. Paid up members of South African Ancestry will however have access to the full records and any supporting images (please refer to the "About Us" page to view the different membership options as well as information on our various databases.) Contact your German Mission for an appointment. N.D. Hoffman, brought up in There is also a new database of Military Deserters in the Cape Colony during the 1800s. ... She has Dutch, French and German ancestry. As a preventative measure to ensure the safety of our customers and… Important information. This database contains a collection of details extracted from various South African immigration documents. (You can search all these lists from the Home page.) About six percent of the U.S population identifies as “American” rather than with their European ancestry, and that is more likely to be the case when one has British ancestry than German or Irish. The settlers soon abandoned cotton in favour of market gardening, and when their five-year contracts with Bergtheil ended many did not renew them. This page is to help you in doing specifically German genealogical research in South Africa. And yet another fact hard to deny is that the Huguenot French component seems to have persevered to a greater extent culturally than the German. This index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find occupations, birth dates, and even whether they owned a pistol. Article Reduced consular service during the Corona-pandemic. In 1989, there were an estimated 4.6 million white people with European ancestry on the African continent. The coating color is different, but mostly they are found in … FELSiSA These records are a work in progress so be sure to visit often to see what has been updated. Ancestry.com. New Germany Settlers I'm a white South African (mostly from Afrikaner descent) who's family has been in South Africa for generations. A significant number of South Africans are descended from Germans. South African Ancestry 24. Furthermore, there is a wealth of data off-line. Hundreds of Germans emigrated to the Cape Colony during the Dutch rule between (1652-1806) and in the succeeding centuries. Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This database contains a collection of details extracted from various South African immigration documents. There is also a new database of Military Deserters in the Cape Colony during the 1800s. We asked one of our researchers in South Africa to talk about the National Archives and Record Service in Cape Town.When the Dutch East India Company arrived at the Cape in 1652, they left a legacy of fine record keeping. The primary aim of the project is to research the estimated 15,000 core families who migrated to Southern Africa between 1850-1950 from England, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. I only have where they were born & where they died. South Africa has the largest population of White Africans of European descent, with about 9% of the total population of White Africans. You became a German citizen by birth if your father or your mother were German citizens at the time.. Contact your German Mission for an appointment. A list of early German immigrants to the Cape 1652-1806 Germans in South Africa South Africa, Miscellaneous Court Records Index, 1652-2004, 2008-2011: 213,803: South Africa, Slaves and Free Blacks Records Index, 1658-1835: 22,128: View all South Africa Convict, Criminal, Land & Wills (6) Data Collections; Sorted by South Africa Reference, Dictionaries & Almanacs. on September 17, 2006. in Helpful Websites. You might find your South African ancestor’s name, address, and phone number in these directories. Fully complete all German forms The English forms are a courtesy translations for your convenience, only, and are not to be submitted. As far as I know, none of them have been filmed either, so that they will not be available via the Family History Centres. He rose to be a person of some standing in the Dutch colony, owning the Libertas farmstead in Stellenbosch. Welcome to the German Missions in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini. ... South Africa, Miscellaneous Court Records Index, 1652-2004, 2008-2011: 213,803: South Africa, … Original data: Various sources from across South Africa. Similarly in 19th century a lot of Germans came to the region on missionary purposes and settled in the region, followed by British assisted emigration of Germans to the Eastern cape region further boosted their population. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Church Books Sort by Count. Prussia's South West African colony was the site of the first mass genocide committed by Germans in the 20th century. FORUM ARTICLES SEARCH. There are many ways a person can lose German citizenship, for instance by continuous absence from German territory for 10 years before 1914, or by acquiring non-German nationality – although this is subject to exceptions. South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records, Stellenbosch Archive, 1660-2011 South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996 South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 South Africa by the 20th century had become a home for Jewish Hoffman immigrants. A list of Moravian Missionaries in South Africa Only if your birth was registered in Germany within one year of your date of birth, you became German. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. These indexes date from 1719 to 1996 and contain some 220,000 names. 1850-1890 Passengers arriving in South African Ports- by the The Genealogical Society of South Africa The body of the black German Shepherd is double-coated. In linguistic, cultural and historical terms, they are generally divided into the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of the Dutch East India Company's original settlers, known as Afrikaners, and the Anglophone descendants of predominantly British colonists. ... Germany. One of my lines originated form the Berlin Missionaries. South African Genealogy has collected lots of Passenger Lists and made them freely available for you to search through. Welcome to our South Africa family history research page. Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. 1850-1890 Passengers arriving in South African Ports - by the The Genealogical Society of South Africa South Africa Jewish Database . 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