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Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal to complete 1862 can now be viewed at
This completes the missing years that I was unable to do from original issues at the British Library. 1859-1862 inclusive have been done from digital scans available through the library, but the quality, especially 1861-62, is very poor. I apologise for the number of best guesses in square brackets and the increasing number of [illegible] entries, but I thought it was better to post the little I could make out in case it alerted descendants to the possible location of a notice.
Huge thanks are due to Lynn MacLeod, who has proofread my efforts and added links for me to original marriages and other sources, and to Paul Tanner-Tremaine, whose 1820settler.com website has enabled me to verify a lot of entries (special thanks for the ability to search the site by date!), as well as to Ellen Stanton for her transcriptions and to Family Search. I have enjoyed the detective work but am glad to have finished before the start of the bicentennial.
Happy New Year to all
I have updated the eGGSA newspaper site with a few corrections today and also added the whole of 1861 for the Grahamstown Journal, as well as Jan-June 1856 of The Friend of the Free State (Transcribed by Lynn Couperthwaite)
I was informed that the Reading Room at the Archives will be closed from
12:00 on 20 Desember 2019 until 6 January 2020.
That is the present news, but as far as the re-opening is concerned, you
will be wise to first phone the Reading Room @ 071 310 8385 to determine
whether anyone is answering this number. It is a temporary new mobile phone
number until the present dysfunctional official telephone numbers and the
no-connection to the internet situation at the archives have been sorted.
Tobi Swart, Professional Researcher, Pretoria
e-mail address: tswart(a)xsinet.co.za
PO Box 11551, QUEENSWOOD, Pretoria, 0121
mobile phone: 082 934 5807
mobile phone int: +27 82 934 5807