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From: "Tessa King" <>
Subject: Re: Visit to Grahamstown
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 07:27:04 +0200
Just a comment regarding the records at the Cory Library, Grahamstown. When
I was there last April, I too saw the condition of the registers and was
quite upset that unless they were recorded now they would be lost to
everyone in a very short time. On my return I wrote to Sally Poole at Cory
and offered to transcribe these registers on a voluntary basis provided we
could find a way to do this. I live in Johannesburg which is a very long way
from Grahamstown! My letter was apparently passed on to someone else who
never bothered to reply. Perhaps I need to pursue this again. One first
needs to find out which registers that are stored at Cory have been filmed
by the LDS church so as not to duplicate, except that an index for these
might be worthwhile. They cannot afford to photocopy the books and I don't
think they will allow the books to be taken out of the library, so how does
one then go about doing this?
I am still prepared to do the work even if it means going to stay in
Grahamstown for a few weeks, except that I don't know anyone in Grahamstown
where I could stay and I certainly cannot afford to pay for accommodation at
B&B rates. Perhaps there is a way around this problem??
Hugo Slater did quite a lot of research and has produced a CD on the 1820
Settlers in the Eastern Cape which includes entries from most of the
registers at Cory and the cemeteries in the Eastern Cape. He spent many,
many hours tramping through graveyards and visiting Cory. The cost is R100
and if I remember correctly a portion is going to the Albany Museum (that
was the original idea). It's worth purchasing. This also includes a free
update when he updates the info.
I have copied this to the South African List in case someone on that list
could help with suggestions.
Have a good day.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jill Martin" <>
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 9:34 PM
Subject: Visit to Grahamstown
> I have just resubscribed after a visit to Grahamstown. I spent two days in
> the Cory Library and was thrilled to find the original register of Christ
> Church (Anglican) in Keiskama Hoek, with my grandparents' marriage entry
> (1903) and the baptisms of their first two children. Marriages were
> few and far between. The previous entry was in 1898 (William HOYLE and
> BROWN) and the next was in 1906. (My grandparents were George Henry Alfred
> HICKMAN and Gertrude Jean TODD.)
> Their Methodist Church holdings of some Eastern Cape towns are extensive,
> but the records of the other churches are sparse. I was allowed to examine
> some very fragile Methodist registers that are literally falling to
> The librarian told me that these old records are not indexed, and there is
> simply not enough money to do so, let alone try to restore them.
> Just thought I'd pass this on.
> Jill in Cape Town
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