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Research in South Africa

Did you have ancestors that settled South Africa? Would you like to understand the resources for researching them both online and onsite?

The course includes the historical background of the Jews that left Lithuania in the late 1880s for South Africa.

Immigration, vital records, wills and probate, burial records and much more.

Search the connections with families in the UK and the US. Learn to use familysearch and find my past as well as the South Africa records. what is online and what is not, websites and records (census, court records, directories and more).

Course Outline

  • South African Jewish Communities
  • Finding the former town, maps for South African settlement, discovering resources
  • The major database resources for South Africa Jewish research
  • Kaplan Centre at UCT and the South African Jewish Museum (SAJM) and the CHOL online
  • Immigration and the lure of the mines
  • Vital Records in South Africa and what to expect from wills and probate

Skills you will learn

How to use major online databases for South African records; what records exist for your town and surname; how to Organize and track your research.


  • This is a three-week course, involving Personal Research Class By Request with an instructor
  • Guides, Readings, Assignments, Research Guidance
  • Weekly Zoom sessions


This intermediary class requires a surname and town in South Africa—application required.


Tuition is $150 for three weeks.

Contact Information

For any questions, email the instructor at

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