Facts about us

GISA Launched
The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) was officially inaugurated on Thursday 30 July 1998 at its premises at 115 Banghoek Road, Stellenbosch..

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Archival Sources

GISA is frequented by researchers who avail themselves of the facilities and extensive sources and collections on the origin of families. The staff members are at all times prepared to assist prospective researchers with sound advice to lead them in their quest and eventually enable them to continue their search independently. It is the ultimate goal of every seasoned researcher to have his or her perseverance rewarded by the publication of any useful findings and results for the benefit of other family members and interested parties. GISA plays a major role in these ventures; therefore, the Institute regularly receives copies of family histories, genealogies, and local as well as parish histories. These are valuable additions to its existing collections.


2 000 microfilms containing baptism-, marriage- and membership registers of the three Dutch Reformed sister denominations (i.e. Nederduits-Gereformeerde, Nederduitsch Hervormde as well as the Gereformeerde Churches) of the Cape Province, Transvaal, OFS and Natal, estate records of Cape Province, Natal and OFS. More than a 1 000 films containing records of the Dutch Reformed (NG) Church and missionary daughter churches (baptism-, marriage- and membership registers) 



4100 photos of of 500 families


5 000 reference books and genealogical publications
About 100 CD’s on various families


26 genealogical magazines totalling 2 500 editions
Genealogical Index (British Is, Europe, North America, Mexico)
A variety of unpublished manuscripts
Around 1 000 000 names are on GISA’s computer database; see Computer Database for more details
GEDCOM Archive    
Genealogical data of selected families in Gedcom format (more than 50 000) names, available via the Internet


Computer Database
GISA currently has several PC’s at the disposal of visitors to undertake searches on the computer database. All 17 volumes of the SAG series are also electronically available for research purposes. Furthermore the database contains genealogical data on some 1 000 000 individuals


The main objects of the Institute are to collect and preserve genealogical material for future reference as well as to make these records available through i.a. the internet and as publications - towards which purpose contributions from researchers will also be considered


Available Books
GISA has a considerable number of genealogical publications available, which can be ordered and bought from the Institute directly. Amongst others there are volumes 1 - 17 of the series South African Genealogies; (18 CD’s on the same series), volumes 2, 4, and 5 of the well-known “South African Biographical Dictionary”, and the “Handbook for Genealogical Research in South Africa". Other works to be ordered include genealogies on the families Orlandini and Kitshoff.

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Photo Collection
GISA also collects photographs of individuals, families and groups, provided the person(s) are properly identified. If you should possess any old family photos which you would like to dispose of, they could rather be donated to the Institute.

Errata SAG series
Would you like to correct any mistakes published in the series "SA Genealogies"?
Send your corrections as well as additions to GISA per e-mail, post or fax and it will be included when the old series is updated.
Contact GISA at: See Contact us.
Request for genealogical contributions
1.       GISA would like to request researchers to submit family tree information in order to update the present SA Genealogies series to about 1930. Please kindly send your contributions to info@gisaweb.co.za.
2.      Private researchers who publish research on their families, are requested to let us know. GISA would like to buy them for our library. If the books are donated to GISA, it will be advertised on our web page.