And today is all about Africa. So, confession time readers….. How many of you have ever done any African family history research? Not so many of you I am guessing. Ancestry24.com has long since departed from the Internet sadly and nothing has taken its place. FamilySearch are making great inroads though with a whole host of South African records along with the 1984 census of Ghana, Accra marriages from 1863-2003, the Liberia, Monrovia census of 1843 and Zimbabwean death records. Who knew those records were even in existence? Come on. Tell the truth….
The FamilySearch Wiki details research tools and articles, links and more and a ‘getting started section’. Passionate South African genealogist, Conrod Mercer, has put together a very useful website to assist people wanting to trace their South African roots and an Absolute Beginners’ Guide by Sharon Warr provides a great starting point for those wanting to dip their toes into the South African research waters.
Sadly, when searching Google (other search engines are available), many of the hits for South African family history research are blog sites which are no longer updated and pages which contain very old, outdated information. I know an excellent South African researcher though very few professional genealogists appear to advertise their services online and I am certain that there are many individuals across the globe who would pay for research to be undertaken on their behalf…..
An area to be cultivated in the field of family, local and social history….?