Report and Photographs by Penny Evans
|Iris Stephens on a chilly day.|
He urged members to actively participate by attending the cemetery recording outings. Records can be obtained from cemetery registers if they are available and in good condition or from the headstone. Before setting out some preparation is necessary. A spreadsheet conforming to the requirements of the Cemetery Recording Project should be used.
He cautioned members not to go to cemeteries on their own but to go as a team.
Lucas gave many tips and showed numerous photographs on the correct technique to be used when taking a photograph of a gravestone.
A need expressed by some members was that they wanted to know something about the research undertaken by other members of the group. It was decided to allow two members to speak for ten minutes after the main speaker.
Gerard Marloth spoke about the use of Google Earth and the eGGSA website to locate a cemetery and gravestones of the Van der Westhuizen family.
Penny Evans spoke about the Gass family and the difficulty in obtaining information about the original couple who came to South Africa in 1863.