Welcome to the Kwazulu-Natal Family History Society.

We meet once a month. We have speakers as well as workshops. Visitors are most welcome.

If you are a newcomer to family research, our experienced members will gladly assist and point you in the right direction.

We have an extensive library which contains a wealth of material to assist genealogical researchers.

The PMB Archives are open Monday to Friday and on the 2nd Saturday of the month. KZN FHS members are on duty on the Saturday to assist you with your research.

The Natal Midlands Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa is located in the Midlands but serves anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history in the whole of the inland region of KwaZulu-Natal. The branch is currently under the curatorship of the Kwazulu-Natal Family History Society.


Saturday 3rd June 2023

@ 9:30am

The Shaw family of the Karkloof.

Mary Davidge

Hilton Library, Hilton Ave, Hilton.

Tea/Coffee is available after the talk.
Non-Members: R10
Members: Free


Our members are amateur researches and concentrate on researching their families, however we are able to assist with lookups at the PMB Archives, local cemeteries, and churches. There is generally a small fee associated with these look ups to cover costs etc.

It is important to send us what ever information you already have, e.g. Estate File Numbers, Graveyard where the person may be or is buried, church denomination, etc.

All Research inquiries must be directed to research@kznfamilyhistory.org.za.

We will then assign it to the relevant researches who will tackle the research in their private capacities and may charge for their services.

2023/4 EVENTS

 (See our new Events Page for details and other related events here)

Upcoming Events (EVENTS DIARY)

We’re back at the Hilton Library on Saturdays @ 9:30am.

4th February 2023 – AGM

4th March 2023 – Monthly Meeting: TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT-Memoirs of the Natal Midlands Indentured Indian Labourers. Presented by Dr I Bedassi

1st April 2023 – Monthly Meeting: Master Masons and Builders: The Malinarics in East Griqualand. Presented by Milner Snell

15th April 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

6th May 2023 – Monthly Meeting: Workshop: I want to research my Family, where do I start?

13th May 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

3rd June 2023 – Monthly Meeting: the Shaw family of the Karkloof. Presented by Mary Davidge

10th June 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

1st July 2023 – Monthly Meeting: LT Rupert John Stevens MiD SAAF WWII. Presented by Donald Davies

8th July 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

5th August 2023 – Monthly Meeting: Workshop: The South Africa Estate Files and the Archives

12th August 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon: For those that attended the Workshop on the 5th August, you will be able to put your knowledge to the test with a practical search in the Archives

September – Heritage Month (Various Activities arranged by members of the Msunduzi Heritage Forum. Notices will be sent out when received.)

2nd September 2023 – Monthly Meeting: The church at Van Reenen. Presented by Neil Bloy.

9th September 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

7th October 2023 – Monthly Meeting:

14th October 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

4th November 2023 – Monthly Meeting: Workshop: Practical Resources to assist with your Research.

11th November 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

2nd December 2023 – Christmas Tea:

9th December 2023 – PMB Archives: 8:30am – 12 Noon

3rd February 2024 – AGM

 The Pietermaritzburg Archives are open Monday to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays and on the SECOND Saturday of the month, excluding Public Holidays. Members of the KZN Family History Society and Midlands Branch of the GSSA are in attendance most Saturdays to assist you.


The subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December.

KZN Family History Society Membership:

KZN FHS Membership: including the electronic copy of the GNUS newsletter: R250/pa

Download the application form here: KZNFHS 2023 Application-Renewal Form

GNUS Subscription for Non-members:

Electronic Copy R45/pa (Note: We will no longer be publishing GNUS in Hard Copy)

Download the application form here: KZNFHS 2023 Application-Renewal Form

GSSA Membership

GSSA local membership plus hard copy of Familia: R350/pa

GSSA local membership plus electronic copy of Familia: R240/pa

Download the application form here: GSSA NMB 2023 Membership Renewal Form

We encourage members to subscribe to both Societies and offer a R60 discount for dual subscription.

Please send your completed Application Forms and Proof of Payment to:

The Treasurer. email: treasurer@kznfamilyhistory.org.za

Banking Details: Nedbank; Acc: 2343036187; Universal Branch Code 198765
Account in the name of “The Natal Inland Family History Society”.