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How to Trace Your Genealogy in South Africa

According to Still Life Genealogy – a genealogical research services company, South African genealogy has grown in popularity over the past 10 years.

Uveka Rangappa spoke to Jayde Rossiter – a Still Life Genealogy genealogist, about how one can trace her family tree.

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Rossiter described a family tree as a chart that documents and illustrates all the people in a family over multiple generations, and their relationships to each other.

The vital records needed to trace your family history are date of birth, place of birth, dates and places of death, marriage and copy of last will and testament – if applicable.

Alternatively, websites can also help you with your heritage research, such as family, and

If you do not trust the Internet, you can consult an archive available in all provinces of the country.

One of the most useful places would be the archives, so each province has its archives.

Jayde Rossiter, Genealogist – Genealogy still life

I think it’s important to know your history, to know where you come from. South Africa is so diverse, our history is so phenomenal and so interesting.

Jayde Rossiter, Genealogist – Genealogy still life

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