Project: South Africa

Categories: South Africa | Zuid-Afrika | South African Roots Project | South African Projects

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Important for South African profiles
Please do not use the Middle Name field. Read about Name Fields.
Please use the right Country Name for the period. Find it here.
Please, always upload a source and transcribe the core facts.
Please cite and sign your contribution with your name. How to

Die Suid Afrikaanse platform is 'n projek vir alle WikiTreers wat belangstel om Suid Afrikaanse profiele en hul nageslag te verbeter. Hierdie projek dien as 'n forum vir navorsers en die nageslag van al die mense wat in Suid Afrika gebore is. Dus almal wat Suid Afrikaanse wortels het.

The South African Roots Project is a project for WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of South Africans and their descendants. This project serves as a forum for researchers and descendants of all people born in South Africa, so all who have South African roots!



The South Africa Project is a project for WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of South African people and their descendants (1807 till now). This project serves as a forum for researchers and descendants of all people born in South Africa so for everyone with South African Roots. The Mission is to improve and add sources to all profiles belonging to the South African Roots Project.

How to Join

Our wonderful team !
The current Leaders of this project:
Ronel Olivier
Susanna de Bruyn
Bea wijma
And our Project Coordinator is: Esmé van der Westhuizen

To see our current members, check out the badge feed

To join the project:

  1. Make sure you signed the Honor Code and that you are a WikiTree Genealogist. It will be a good idea to do the Pre-1700 certification as well.
  2. Go to Join the South African Roots Project and add an answer to let us know you would like to join, Louis Heyman will help you get to know the ropes and organise the award of your project badge.
  3. Add South_African_Roots to your followed tags to keep up with Project discussions and news. See Communicate-G2G
    For the latest news and project updates, see South African Roots Update G2G
  4. Add this [[Category:South_African_Roots_Project]] to the top of your own Bio (just copy and paste)
    this will add you as a member to our project, see South_African_Roots_Project,
    (if you added the category to your own Bio correctly, you will find your name added there )
  5. Send a request to join the South African Roots Google Group
  6. Add your name and area or surnames of interest to the South African Roots Project Members page.
  7. Check out the To-Do list below to find something to help us work on, and add yourself to that task, or ask one of us to.


Project members work together to improve these profiles and project-protect them to ensure that merges on these profiles are done in the right direction. For those interested or curious here you can read:what protecting does and does not do
Any improvements you can make to the profiles of the South African Roots Project are welcome, but here are some specific goals we are working towards:
  1. All duplicates merged into lowest number, unless the correct LNAB has a higher number. See for more info about merging : Merging 'how and why in the lowest number'
  2. Final ID locked, marking the profile as project protected for the South African Roots Project this must be done by the ProjectLeader, if the profile meets those requirements.
  3. Parents are correct and documented, Children are linked if able
  4. Biography is cleaned up and ideally has an actual written biography. So biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)
  5. For all profiles if they are not sourced and improved, please first start using our South African Roots (SAR) Maintenance (Needs) Template System
  6. When a profile is ready (for example a Birth /Baptism record, some info added to the Bio and improved) You can add the South African Roots Project Template
  7. biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help /link to SA help page )
  8. If needed, PPP added and Project Profile Account added as a trusted list member or manager, this way we will have a Project Watchlist and Project Feed, and this makes it possible we can all manage, watch over, keep track of and work on the project profiles together, using the SAR Project Google group.
  9. Attached family meets these goals, too
  10. Attached to the main WikiTree family tree (ask the Connectors Project for help)

To-Do or Task List

To participate in the project, we have a list of tasks that we need accomplished.:
1. Primary task for all project members is to review/ improve/ source all profiles of people who were born in South Africa (or ancestors,descendants) including your own and to (if not yet categorized / templated by another project !) add the proper South African Roots template or categories
you can all already start and add profiles to the project, just copy and paste to the top of the Bio of all SAR Project profiles this category : [[Category:South_African_Roots]] and use our South African Roots Needs (Maintenance) Template System .
South African Roots Sticker are added to all the profiles after 1806, which is added like this:
Just copy and paste {{South African Roots Sticker}} to just below the first heading on the profile.
2. We of course also need your help with this task ! If you manage or come across South African Proifles that still need sources please add:
{{Unsourced|South Africa}} if there are no sources at all and...
if it's a real South African Roots Project Candidate (1806-2018), please also add [[South African Roots|needs=Birth Record]] (just copy and paste it to the top of the Bio of the profile) this will add the profile to our project as well.
3. If you need your South African Roots Project profiles PPP't, after you sourced and improved them and if you have a good source for the LNAB, or if profiles need to be PPP 't temporarily and before they are finished for some reason. This is what you need to do :
Add this [[South African Roots|needs=PPP]] (just copy and paste) to the top of the Bio of the profile by this the profiles are added here, and if there's something special we need to know or do, please leave a clear post at the profile and we will make sure they get PPP.
Note: We don't want or need to PPP all profiles, if last names are consistent and used in the same spelling for many generations and if there's no risk a profile is duplicated a lot and if there's no confusion about the name or the parents, or some other urgent reason why the LNAB needs to be protected, we don't have to PPP it. For those, if you want to make sure the profile will always be 'protected', you can add the project profile as manager, this is also a great way of profile protection, because we all can watch over them together and we all will receive and can watch the project feed trough the project google group. So make sure you join. Send a request to join the group here South African Roots Google Group
For the finished profiles, (improved and sourced) that fall under the Profile protection criteria

1.1 One: They must fit within a project
1.2 Two: They must be 200 or notable
1.3 Three: They must have the lowest-numbered ID
1.4 Four: They must be controversial or duplicated
Once you are convinced that the profile should need special protection please add the South African Roots Project Template, which is added like this:
just copy and paste {{South African Roots}} to the top of the Bio of the finished profile that fall under the Project-Protected Profile's (time frame 1806-1818) and save . (only if there's not a template of a different project added yet, for those always ask in G2G first or add just the category)
'All profiles that has the South African Roots Project Template on it should also have the Project Profile as manager.
This is how you can add the Project Profile as manager:
1.Click the Privacy tab on these South African profiles.
2. In the Add to Trusted List section, enter: and press Add this Person
3.To add the South African Roots Project as manager:
In the Trusted List section, press Add as Manager.
To view the Project Profiles, check the Admin page for the links.

Where to find profiles

A primary hunting ground of profiles to be reviewed and sourced for possible inclusion in South African Roots, is:
1. The Category Unsourced South African Profiles
2. The Project Category Work Page it will open in a new window with a list of all the names/profiles that need work and where the template already was added by others.

Templates -Categories

Example image:

This template is for all people and profiles with South African Roots,that falls under the Profile protection creteria and of course for members of the South African Roots Project
just copy and paste {{South African Roots}} to the top of the Bio. Only added to profiles if they are sourced and improved and falls in the timezone (1806-1818) that needs Profile Protection and not already have a template added or part of or falling under a different project.
If there are more projects the profile could fall under, always first ask in G2G, the template from the most proper project is going to be added.
All profiles with this template added can be found here : South African Roots

See for more info : Templates and Categories South African Roots Project


Under Resources, on the main page, you will find a few, less familiar sites .


See South African Settlers 1820
See Anglo Boer War Anglo Boere Oorlog 1899-1902 Project
See Cape of Good Hope Project

See British Home Children, led by Mags Gaulden

The best approach to building project sub-pages or projects is to use free-space profiles. These can be easily monitored using the project's Project Account and active discussion can happen on them as necessary using the comments boxes.

Related Projects and Groups

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