Welcome to the Cape Town Family History Society.

The Cape Town Family History Society is an open Society for anyone interested in their family who lived in or around Cape Town and its suburbs.

The next meeting of the Cape Town Family History Society will be held on Saturday 21  May 2016 at St John’s Church, Wynberg

Time: 14.15 for 14:30pm sharp

 June McKinnon will present a talk on her recently published book “Wine, Women and Good Hope – a history of scandalous behaviour in the Cape”.


Wine, Women and Good Hope is a romp through the more salacious history of the Cape of Good Hope, where alcohol flowed freely, reputations were frequently in tatters, and sex was on offer to anyone looking to have a good time. Even the likes of Jan van Riebeeck, Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato feature in some of these accounts. The arrival of the Dutch at the Cape in the seventeenth century had far-reaching consequences for its indigenous inhabitants as well as the European settlers, who together have contributed to the mixed heritage of most South African families.

June McKinnon uses her expertise as a genealogist to trace the lineages of many well-known family trees and to overturn the notion that those who lived in the past were nobler or had more sense than their modern descendants. The book will be available for sale at R150 at the meeting.


    Entrance for paid up CTFHS members is free
Non members pay R20.00 per person including tea & eats.
A plate of eats for tea from members is always appreciated.

Please remember books are on loan for ONE MONTH only.

Stories and snippets of interest for the newsletter – send to Derek Pratt dpratt@mweb.co.za

Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census.