The Cape Town Family History Society was established in 2002 by a group of family genealogists who felt an awareness to promote and encourage the recording of family history. The inaugural meeting held in July 2002 was preceded by a document to establish contact at school level, to assist interested persons by drawing up basic forms on which a family tree could be established and to assist in places such as the Cape Archives.
A chairman and secretary were duly elected and the Society was formed. In those early days the meetings were held in a memberâ€™s home and their own family histories were discussed with advice and encouragement given.
A constitution followed and soon the venue could not cope, the society moved its meetings to the staffroom at Wynberg Boys School.
The aims of the Society embedded in the Constitution are:
To create an awareness of the study of family history among the people in the Cape Town area and those whose ancestors lived in this area;
To encourage the collection and preservation of family history resources;
To be a forum for the sharing of family histories through the use of invited speakers, outings to useful family history sites and through the sharing members themselves; and
To assist in the transcribing of historical documents of genealogical interest to enable easier access to these documents for members, as well as the general public.
The society has grown since 2002 with a membership of nine to membership today of in excess of hundred and twenty members, some of whom are resident overseas. The Wynberg School venue proved inadequate and a larger venue at St Johnâ€™s Church Hall has been used for the past few years. Our average attendance at our monthly meetings is about 60.
Cape Town Family Society actively promotes and assists those genuinely interested by holding regular training programmes. These programmes teach how to start your research, where to find the facts, how to collate them together and finally how to present them to the following generation who hopefully will appreciate all your efforts.
Their website http://www.family-history.co.za is maintained on a daily basis and all the latest news, forthcoming events and interesting articles are published.
For further information contact David Slingsby +27 (0)21-7155104, Lucille Le Roux +27 (0)21-7831854 or Ann Smythe +27 (0)21-794 6225,
David Slingsby is the Chairman and Programme Convenor of the Family History Society.