Welcome to GISA's web site

The Genealogical Institute of South Africa





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Please note that we are upgrading all surnames in the next couple of weeks.  Therefore certain surnames might not be available when you will search for them under Individual surnames or Gratis Individuele vanne.  Please contact us at info@gisa.org.za 


It is not necessary to sign in to visit our site, ONLY when you want to order books. The web is designed for you to see all information, except the contents of our books, without signing in.

Who and what is GISA?
The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) was established to collect and preserve genealogical source material in a scientific manner and conduct genealogical research with a view to rendering a service and publishing genealogies and family histories of all South African families. GISA is registered with SARS as a non-taxable institution.
Affiliation of GISA to the GSU (Genealogical Society of Utah)
GISA became an affiliated member of the GSU on 1 October 2006. This means that the records which are available on microfilm at the GSU can be ordered by GISA, in the same way that films are presently ordered from the Family History Centres. The affiliation gives researchers at GISA access to a large number of sources, within South Africa as well as abroad.
Apart from its new appearance this website has been equipped with a long-awaited e-shop facility where publications produced and/or distributed by the Institute can be ordered directly and electronically. An affirmative invoice will be dispatched automatically with the total costs involved. As soon as the deposit has been received, the goods will be forwarded to the postal address provided.
Available information
GISA's website is a showcase of what is available at the Institute. To obtain the information one has to visit our reading room to consult the church records as well as all the other genealogical collections.