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Hello!! privacy/stick_figures_blue.jpg "Welkom Cuzzins" is the SA Master Page, providing links to all the other South African based projects as a Help Page, Index of SA Projects, Historical Timeline and Communication portal.

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A. Getting Started ‘How To’; Profile Guidelines; Reference Page; Working With Projects

B. Index of SA Projects SA Geni Projects By People; By Historical Timeline; By Place

C. SA Geni Help Introducing the Cuzzin Curators; Reference & Help Project; Helpful SA Geni Users

D. Other Sites, Books, Projects of Interest



1. Not so Brief Welkom Cuzzins Brief

2. South Africa - Profile Guidelines

We endorse standard Geni data entry conventions. Use the fields as they were intended, please.

Married Surname Rule of Thumb on SA Profiles: - Before 1800 only British women tended to use married Surnames. All other SA females have their Birth Surname filled into this field as well. - After 1800 the British govt in SA means Married Surnames as well as Birth Surnames for all women.

3. SA Genealogical Reference Centre

Resources & records available for SA Genealogical Research. Explanation of SA name and numbering customs.

4. Working With Projects



Please add all the SA Projects you create or come across below

1. SA Projects by PEOPLE:

Progenitors & Settlers in SA

DNA Genealogy Projects

Projects about Slaves

Immigration Projects

SA Names Projects

Template for a Family Name Project

Hall of Fame or Infamy




1600 - 1800

1800 - 1902

1900 - Current


3. SA Projects by PLACES:

Travel SA with Geni - linking the people to the places



Introducing the Cuzzin Curators privacy/stick_figures_green.jpg:

Hello - we are the Cuzzin Curators who help on the Geni SA tree (Scroll down for more people who help on the SA tree): You are invited to communicate with us via this platform: CUZZIN Communicate

  • Sharon speaks ENGLISH & Afrikaans, & some embarrassingly rudimentary Zulu.
    • Working mostly in the French Huguenot & 1820 Settler area, & is at the moment starting up the amaXhosa & amaZulu trees,
  • Judi speaks AFRIKAANS & English, Netherlands and Flemish.
    • She is interested in working on Bloedrivier/Bloodriver and the Anglo Boer War/Anglo Boere Oorlog. Sports, and all history subjects.
  • June speaks ENGLISH but understand quite a bit of Afrikaans!
    • June is interested in the English Immigrants to Southern Africa and early Rhodesian Pioneers.
  • Alastair speaks ENGLISH.
    • Working in 1820 British Settlers and German Settlers.
  • Daan speaks AFRIKAANS, ENGLISH and German and will never die in any Spanish country ( hablo un pocito Espanol)
    • Has one of the most complete personal trees of anybody on Geni. Focussing at the moment on SWA Stam Vaders
  • Lea Herbst speaks ENGLISH & AFRIKAANS.
    • Working on Lourens, Herbst, Duckitt, Versfeld, Steyn, van Niekerk lines. Can also help with other surnames.
  • John speaks ENGLISH and AFRIKAANS and a little conversational XHOSA
    • Interested in assisting with understanding the workings of Geni, with a view to preserving and linking 'the common folk' (meaning all those ancestors who ventured forth in search of a better life across the world) into the “Big Tree”. Works in areas: “Germans in Kaffraria”, “1820 Settlers”, “Early English Settlers” "SA Railways" & with lines of: Robertson, Caldwell, Kannemeyer, Vercueil, Ballantine, Sparkman, Hamilton, Miller and a host of lines with their roots in the Cape and Eastern Cape.
  • Donovan speaks ENGLISH & AFRIKAANS.
    • Working on Penaluna, Walsh, Graham, Meyer lines. Can also help with other surnames.
  • Chris is fluent in AFRIKAANS, ENGLISH, DUTCH and GERMAN.
    • Working on Steyn and Viljoen / Huguenot lines. Also interested in places related to the genealogical history of the Steyns, especially Weidum and Leeuwarden in Friesland, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Overberg / Swellendam in South Africa and Angola (Thirstland Trekkers). Willing to help where requested.
  • Alex speaks ENGLISH, AFRIKAANS and Greek.
    • Working on the descendant families of the Thirstland trek and the broader South African tree. Helps with genetic genealogy.
  • Pam Karp ENGLISH speaking.
    • Not specifically a South African Curator, but willing to help users get started, do merges and help with projects: researching Jewry that migrated to South Africa and Australia
  • Anne-Marie
    • Isn't specifically a SA curator, but often pops her head in on our FaceBook page to offer help from the Netherlands, willing to help here on Geni too. Can read and understand Afrikaans.

Reference & Help Projects

Offers of Help from Other Wonderful Geni Users privacy/stick_figures_green.jpg:


  • Willem Breet speaks English & Afrikaans?
    • Working with: Breet; van Rooyen; Labuschagne; Fourie; Pieterse; Bakker; Shaw
  • Elmien Ballot speaks English & Afrikaans
    • Working with: Faber and associated families; Botes from Pretoria North; willing to help with projects, interested in the Eastern Frontier, Griqualand West, Anglo-Boer/ South African War
  • Caroline Pienaar (Balona) speaks ENGLISH & Afrikaans
    • Works on the French Huguenot tree; offers to help in writing/putting facts in a succinct, chronological and logical manner in English if anyone needs help in this area.
  • Wynand du Plessis speaks AFRIKAANS
  • Michelle Alicia de Jager (Terblanche) speaks AFRIKAANS, English and German
    • "Ek is bereid om te help waar ek kan met die volgende bome waaraan ek werk. Abel Taylor (SV), Thomas Kemm (SV), Johannes Hermanus Kotze, Salomon (Solomon) Stephanus Terblanche, Adam Barnard."
  • Craig Sheldon speaks ENGLISH.
    • Working with: Sheldon, Fahrenfort, van Driel, Hitzeroth, Borcher, Brink, Burgess, Dryden, Doubell,Greyling, Hampshire, Howard, Jones, Petterson, Sasman, Swanepoel, Wood
  • David Prins speaks ENGLISH. Not based in South Africa. Offers help with Early Jewish settlers in SA
  • Carolle Marquard Help with Marquard family; Malan / Beyleveld heritage. I have docs. here too on Murrays, Rexes.of Knysna which ought be added some time as well as Malans and Marquards. .Access too to de Wet/Petersens/Moltenos and others. So if you need some Snail participation, glad to help ENGLISH.
  • Norman Alexander
  • Heather MacGregor ENGLISH
  • Brian Nelson speaks ENGLISH and Afrikaans, & works on the Nel, Zeederberg, Vorster, Botha & Brits lines.
  • Guillaume Gerber is prepared to help where ever he can. He doesn't have a particular area of expertise, but does have many years of experience.
  • Louis Scholtz AFRIKAANS, Deutsch, ENGLISH, Française en NEDERLANDS. Is bereid om te help waar ek kan. Fokus op Scholtz, Gouws/Gous, Roos, Heineman(n) en Immelman families, Duitse / Franse stamouers, Groot Trek en Anglo-Boereoorlog. Kan help met die intepretasie en / of vertaling van teks in die bogenoemde tale.