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Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« on: Thursday 01 February 07 16:15 GMT (UK) »
The Genealogical Society of South Africa has a "pay to use" service which will enable you to obtain pictures of documents held in the National Archives.

Go to http://www.eggsa.org and select Content --> On Line Shop --> order Archive documents.  Once you have selected the currency, select "Enter the Shop" and then select "Archive photos" (in yellow on the blue band) and follow the instructions.

Much quicker than trying to get the Archives to reply to your e-mail requests!!
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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 01 February 07 16:41 GMT (UK) »
Hi there,
i think this may be for members only - see below from the benefits of the gssa. ( now extended to non members at a higher price than members but still incredible value)
Ruth
19.06.07 update
This is the best service I think that we have had in South Africa - it does work but it does take time - at least a month. So please be patient - difficult I know! Getting a copy of a death notice is like unlocking a treasure trove. I recently have had a breakthrough in my own family brickwall through one death notice Please note that at present we have a massive public service strike on that is causing problems for all - especially me as a teacher!!!!)

Here is the direct link to ordering:
http://www.eggsa.org/sales/eshop_e_dc_docs.htm
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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 01 February 07 16:49 GMT (UK) »
Hi Ruth

I read that too but have ordered myself today and was not asked in the actual ordering process about being a member at all.  Maybe that will happen when I have to pay for the pics?

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Moira
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South Africa - Behr/Toerien
South Africa - Pnematicatos/Chimato
Cornwall, England & South Africa - Hicks/Breach
Yorkshire & Durham, England & South Africa - Kenney/Hucks

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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 01 February 07 16:56 GMT (UK) »
There is a little box which asks if you are a member and what currency you would like to pay in - so dont know if this all links up or not!!!
Ruth
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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 01 February 07 18:16 GMT (UK) »
I noticed that too Ruth and you only see that question if you click on the online shop hyperlink on the main page but, if you go via Contents -->  Online Shop -->  order Archive documents, you get a similar screen without that question.

I have ordered pics for myself and was not asked about being a GSSA member at any point.  I have had confirmation of the order as well as another e-mail confirming that I am only getting Death Notices as I didn't complete the notes for MHG files. 

We will see what transpires with my order.




South Africa - Wessels/Vorster
South Africa - Behr/Toerien
South Africa - Pnematicatos/Chimato
Cornwall, England & South Africa - Hicks/Breach
Yorkshire & Durham, England & South Africa - Kenney/Hucks

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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 21 March 07 22:03 GMT (UK) »
Hi Sharon

The site referred to is NOT the National Archives.  It is pointless asking them for anything as they do not respond. 

The site referred to is http://www.eggsa.org/ - the Genealogical Society of South Africa.  I have had success using this site and the costs are detailed per order and then per picture taken (the Archives don't really permit photocopies anymore) so you will know more or less how much it is going to cost you.  Also, you specify what it is you want copied - ie Death Notice only or Liquidation & Distribution Accounts as well or all documents and only pay once they have taken the pics.  Just follow the instructions at the beginning of this thread and you will have success.

Which Archive is it in, by the way?

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Moira
South Africa - Wessels/Vorster
South Africa - Behr/Toerien
South Africa - Pnematicatos/Chimato
Cornwall, England & South Africa - Hicks/Breach
Yorkshire & Durham, England & South Africa - Kenney/Hucks

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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 22 March 07 05:08 GMT (UK) »
I will give you the actual document numbers and info tomorrow as it is late and I am going to bed.  Thanks for the info.
Sharon

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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 22 March 07 09:14 GMT (UK) »
This is great!!! Thanks for that EmPea.
Do you know if they do Transvaal papers too...it's on the NAAIRS site.
BTW some time ago someone put up an address that had pics of  Transvaal documents online...does anyone have the add please as I lost it  ::) and it was really interesting.
Sylvia
Main names:
Scotland (Travellers) - Townsend/Townsley
Lanark and Stirling - Jeffrey.
Northumberland/ Durham - Newton, Nixon, Sharp, Greaves, Naters
Warwickshire and London - Garfield.
Ireland, Co. Kerry - Marah/Meara/Mara
Lincs - Smith, Vinter

other offshoots - Berry, Steven, Craig, Atkins, Fuller, , Stewart, Conway, Heather,

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Re: Obtaining copies of documents from the National Archives
« Reply #8 on: Friday 23 March 07 08:18 GMT (UK) »
Well I've taken the plunge and been and gone and done it  ;D Ordered from the eggsa.org site.
Keeping fingers crossed  :-\
Anyone know how long they take?
Sylvia
Main names:
Scotland (Travellers) - Townsend/Townsley
Lanark and Stirling - Jeffrey.
Northumberland/ Durham - Newton, Nixon, Sharp, Greaves, Naters
Warwickshire and London - Garfield.
Ireland, Co. Kerry - Marah/Meara/Mara
Lincs - Smith, Vinter

other offshoots - Berry, Steven, Craig, Atkins, Fuller, , Stewart, Conway, Heather,

Census information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk