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Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG

Lists and Directories


Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 2003-2015 Saul Issroff, Mike Getz, SAfrica SIG
and Jewishgen Inc.
Updated: 16 January 2015


The names of several of the sections listed below, e.g. Bibliography and Communities, were formerly prefixed with "South African Jewish."

Associations & Societies

J E W I S H G E N   M A L L
the on-line
genealogy bookshop

  • History and genealogy books listed alphabetically by title.
  • An essay by Prof. Joseph Sherman on South African Literature in Yiddish and Hebrew.
  • A list of Jewish newspapers.

Includes a table of details of gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Maputo, Moçambique, compiled by John Miller. Photographs are due soon.

Recent additions include a link to an interview with Woolf Zasman, originally from Shmanz or Symanski (Simonys) Lithuania, immigrated to South Africa in the early 1900s, where he was one of the founding members of the synagogue in King William's Town.

Formal South African Sources
  • Burials and Cemeteries
  • Census Records
  • Great Britain Emigration Records
  • Home Affairs, Department of
  • Naturalisation Records
  • Shipping & Passenger Records
  • Sources - archives
  • Supreme Court, Master of the

Genealogical conferences

Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA)
Contact details for the various branches of the GISA.

General Sources
  • Archive Depots,
  • Genealogical Societies,
  • General Libraries & Museums,
  • General Resources in South Africa,
  • Jewish-Interest Museums & Libraries,
  • Jewish Resources,
  • Libraries,
  • Military Records,
  • Museums,
  • Newspaper Resources.

Jewish Genealogical Societies in South Africa

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSBG)

Jewish Marriages

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
Launched in early 1995, JRI-Poland is the largest fully searchable database of indexes to Jewish vital records accessible online. Five million records from more than 550 Polish towns are now indexed. More are being added every few months.

Miscellaneous Records
  • SA Defence Force Archives,
  • Military Cemeteries,
  • Military Service Particulars,
  • Commercial Company Records,
  • Land Records.

Mormon Family History Centres
  • Family History Centres in South Africa,
  • Mormon FHL resources,
  • Obtaining Mormon FHL microfilm.

National Archives of South Africa
A link to fourteen on-line databases.
NAAIRS: National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System
NARS: National Archives and Records Service
NASA: National Archives of South Africa

Subscribe to the
SA-SIG Newsletter

The printed journal of the Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group

Newsgroup Archive and search engine
The JewishGen searchable on-line archive.

Newsletters & Journals
Southern Africa genealogical periodicals

These books of subscriber lists number in the many thousands. They contain personal names, towns, and dates. The only known example of a South African prenumeranten list is shown here.

Rabbis and Cantors
Some rabbis and cantors who have served South African congregations.

Resource Guide for South African genealogical research (PDF)
A collection of useful resources.

Schools and educational establishments
We are collecting material for this page. A few leading schools are listed. Please offer a name or two. Thanks. R.H.

Ships and Shipping Companies
London and Southampton (a.k.a. Soton) were ports along the shipping routes which led from Europe to South Africa a century and more ago.

South African births
Statistical details of some South African Jewish births.

South African Government Information

South African Jewish Board Of Deputies' Holdings
in the Central Archives For The History Of The Jewish People (CAHJP), Jerusalem, Israel. By Ann Rabinowitz.

South African Jewish database [ON THE JEWISHGEN WEB-SITE]
Compiled by Ann Rabinowitz from the entries contained in the "Who's Who Section" of the 1929 and 1945 editions of the South African Jewish Year Book.

South African Jewish Diaspora
We know where we came from. We're collecting information about where we have gone. Do you have something to contribute? Please contact Dr Saul Issroff

Southern African Sub-continent
  • Angola,
  • Botswana (previously Basutoland),
  • Cabo Verde (Cape Vert or Cape Verde),
  • Kenya,
  • Madeira,
  • Mauritius,
  • Mozambique,
  • Namibia (previously German South West Africa, South West Africa),
  • South East Africa,
  • Swaziland,
  • Zaire,
  • Zambia (previously Northern Rhodesia),
  • Zimbabwe (previously Southern Rhodesia).

Synagogues in Southern Africa
Includes a photograph of the stone-laying at the De Aar Shul and new items about the Constitution Street, Vredehoek, Strand, Koffiefontein and Benoni Hebrew congregations.

World-Wide Web
  • Web-site and e-mail addresses,
  • genealogical newsgroups (discussion groups),
  • telephone directories,
  • name-finders.

Youth Movements
Habonim Afikim, Habonim Elizabethville, Machon Le'madrichei Chutz Le-Aretz, S.A. Zionist Youth Movement.



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