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Tracing Family in South Africa


Join Jessica Feinstein to learn more about the different types of records that can help you trace your South African ancestors, and where you can find them.

The modern ‘rainbow nation’ of South Africa has of course been formed by many migrations, making it a particularly fascinating and rewarding country to explore genealogically. Jessica looks at some of the background to help us understand why our ancestors sailed to South Africa, whether they were early European traders and settlers, Indian slaves, soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War, participants in the gold rush, or fleeing persecution in the Pale of Settlement.

South African census records are not available to family historians, so Jessica shows you what can you use instead to find out about your ancestors’ lives.


About the speaker: Jessica Feinstein is a qualified genealogist, family history tutor, and journal editor. From childhood she spent time in South Africa, learning about the choices that her ancestors made.

She has always been fascinated by how easily the story of her South African ancestry could have been something different.


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