The Natal Inland Family History Society has changed it’s name to the Kwazulu-Natal Family History Society.
We meet once a month. We have speakers as well as workshops. Visitors are always most welcome.
If you are a newcomer to family research our experienced members will be able to assist and point you in the right direction.
We have an extensive library which contains a wealth of material to assist genealogical researchers.
The Natal Midlands Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa is located in Pietermaritzburg but serves anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history in the whole of the inland region of KwaZulu-Natal. The branch is currently under the curatorship of the KZNFHS.
We are able to assist with lookups at the PMB Archives, local cemeteries, and churches. All Research inquiries must be directed to email@example.com. We will then assign it to the relevant researches who will tackle the research in their private capacities and may charge for their services.
NEXT KZNFHS/NMB of GSSA MONTHLY MEETING
Saturday 1st August 2020
Hilton Library, Hilton Ave, Hilton
Tea and eats will be served after the meeting
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC): Call for information to help tell stories of SA’s forgotten WWI heroes
Hope you are keeping well.
A large-scale campaign was launched this week, to gather details of black South Africans who served during World War One. The campaign hopes to gather public and historians’ inputs, to help fill in the missing pieces of these men’s lives who until now have not received any recognition for their sacrifice by name.
Over the course of the War, thousands of black South Africans enlisted for non-combatant duties serving in various labour units including the Cape Coloured Labour Regiment, Cape Auxiliary Horse Transport, the Military Labour Bureau and the Military Labour Corps. Unlike the South African Native Labour Contingent, which would serve in Europe and is well known for its connection to the SS Mendi, these men were recruited and served on African soil.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), an organisation that honours 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars has identified more than 1 600 members of the South African labour units and yet more than a century after the War ended, not all the names of those lost from the ranks of the labour units have been recorded in remembrance. The CWGC are looking at changing that, so that they can be honoured by name and their stories told.
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation supports the CWGC on this remembrance project as they know that collectively, these labour units made an essential contribution to the British war effort – not by carrying arms but by feeding and supplying the front lines and keeping armies in the field.
And by receiving as much information as possible CWGC hopes that this project will bring healing and restore the dignity of these fallen and forgotten black South African soldiers.
So we call on all museums and history societies that could have any form of information to please reach out.
Please contact me via email.
Regards, Kareemah Bester
Kwazulu-Natal Family History Society
2020 EVENTS (Coming soon!)
(See our new Events Page for details and other related events here)
Upcoming Events (EVENTS DIARY)
15th February 2020 – AGM
7th March 2020 – DNA Testing – A discussion
4th April 2020 – DNA Testing – Part 2: Real Examples CANCELLED
2nd May 2020 – Lamulankunzi: The life and times of Dick King by Jackie Kalley POSTPONED
6th June 2020 – Hilton Steam Heritage Association – Grant Fryer POSTPONED
4th July 2020 – Nalini Naidoo POSTPONED
1st August 2020 – CANCELLED
September – Heritage Month (Various Activities arranged by members of the Msunduzi Heritage Forum.
5th September 2020 –
3rd October 2020 –
7th November 2020 –
5th December 2020 – Christmas Tea
2020 Annual Membership Fees (Due January 2020)
Natal Inland Family History Society: R210 includes GNUS electronic newsletter.
GNUS Newsletter Subscription for Non-members: RSA R45 electronic version; Hard copy R60.
GNUS Newsletter Subscription for Overseas subscriptions: electronic R45; Hard copy R200.
GSSA: RSA rates for 2020 – R350 with hard copy of Familia or R250 if Electronic version is taken.
GSSA: Overseas rates for 2020 – R580 with hard copy of Familia or R250 if Electronic version is taken.
Visit our Membership Page for all the details and Application Forms here
We encourage members to subscribe to both Societies and offer a R50 discount for dual subscription.
Banking Details: Nedbank; Acc: 2343036187; Universal Branch Code 198765
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