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 contents of the issues to date


Letter from the Editor / Brief van die Redakteur

Johan Hefer resigns as Editor of Genesis

Johan Anton Preis se Voor- en Nageslagte

Deur Johan Hefer
Johan Anton Preis is in Denemarke gebore en moontlik tussen 1850 en 1860, dalk 1856 na Suid-Afrika gekom. Die skrywer per toeval Johan Anton se ouers se huwelik informasie ontdek en met daardie informasie die artikel saamgestel.

The Progenitor: Johann (or Jan) Jürgen Hamman (ca. 1705-1787)

By Daan Hamman
There are three versions of the progenitors status in Germany before coming to South Africa.

The South African John Douglas Riddle

By Ferdie Jansen
Three men, all named John Douglas, emigrated from Scotland as settlers to South Africa in the early 19th Century. Which is the fouder of the Douglas family of South Africa?

Rachmann and Aulfes – Two Families from Hanover Part 3

by Joan M. Rachmann
The New Germany settlers were pioneers of Westville, New Germany and later New Hanover. This is the third instalment of the story of their hopes and fears, their problems in a new land and how they coped.

Yda Geertruida Hilegonda Pool

by Richard Ball and Ian Edwards
Ian Edwards joined eGGSA because he wanted to identify the ancestors of his great, great grandmother, Yda Geertruijda Hillegonda Pool.



The Genealogical Environment in South Africa

By Martin Zöllner

A back ground on the various Genealogical Organisations in the RSA. Included is a history and background of the GGSA as well as its mission.

The difference between genealogy and family history

By Francois Greeff

The author discusses the important links of family history and genealogy. The important point behind a genealogy is knowledge of the relevant Family History.

Die graf van my Voortrekker voorvader

deur Marthie Oosthuyse

Marthie Oosthuyse het die afgelope langnaweek spesiaal Drakensberge toe gegaan om besoek aflê by haar oupagrootjie, Marthinus Jacobus Oosthuyse, se graf.

Rachmann and Aulfes – Two Families from Hanover, Part 2

by Joan M. Rachmann

Three of my paternal great-great grandparents arrived in the first organised attempt to bring settlers to Natal. This is the second instalment of the story of their hopes and fears, their problems in a new land and how they coped.

Is Gerrit van der Linde die enigste van der Linde stamvader?

deur Louis Venter

Die storie van Isaac Bartholomeus van der Lindé gebore omtrent 1816 België. Hy veg die eerste Boere Oorlog in Natal en word later Boere onderwyser in die Marico Distrik.

Afrikaans girls in Norway

By Margaret Truter

Letters from Margaret Truter to Bonnie Sydow and Ann Tiran in response to an article in Genesis of October 2008

In Search of the Soul of the Afrikaner

By Harry Booyens

Tracing the refugees who arrived aboard the VOC ship China in 1688. His research has taken him to what used to be Denmark, Cleves, the Bishopric of Cologne, The Duchy of Savoy and to Provence.

eGGSA Website update

Richard Ball

The following have been added to the collection of Bible Family Registers:



Toetrede tot DNS Genealogiese navorsing

deur Jan Louis Venter

Genetiese Genealogie is addisionele inligting wat by ‘n persoon se stamboom gevoeg kan word maar is nie sonder beperkings nie.

Die Venters Wêreldwyd. ‘n Gevallestudie ten opsigte van genetiesgenealogiese navorsing

deur Piet Venter

Ons doelwit was, onder meer, om te bepaal of daar ‘n bloedverwantskap is tussen Afrikaanse en Duitse Venters.

Rachmann and Aulfes – Two Families from Hanover, Part 1

by Joan M. Rachmann

Three of my paternal great-great grandparents arrived in the first organised attempt to bring settlers to Natal. This group, usually known as the New Germany settlers, were pioneers of Westville, New Germany and later New Hanover.

Venter Familiebond

deur Piet Venter, Voorsitter: Johannes Venter Familiebond

Stigting van die Johannes Venter Familiebond en registrasie van ‘n Bondswapen en familiewapen



David van der Merwe

‘n profiel van een van onse eGGSA lede wie ook een van die vrywilligers is wat help om eGGSA aan die gang te hou.

Anna Greeff and the first van Dijk Family in South Africa

By Francois Greeff & Natanja Greeff

Investigation of the Van Dijk family began with an attempt to establish the cause of death of Anna Greeff, x Burgert Pietersz van Dijk.

Waar kry ek daardie boek?

deur Johan Hefer

Baie genealogiese informasie is te vinde in boeke. Ongelukkig is dit so dat as jy nie in een van die groot stede bly nie, en selfs daar, is dit baie moeilik om die boeke in die hande te kry. In hierdie artikel gaan ek ‘n paar gevallestudies gee en hoe ek die probleme opgelos het.

The Bestbier Family Tree

By Annemie Lourens

This is the family tree of the Swartland Bestbier family. It is a shortened version of the family tree, mainly concentrating on the relations of the author Annemie Lourens.

Sharolyn Ruth Redfern (Nee Koch) - Member Profile

Re-inventing the Wheel

by Richard Ball,

'Don’t re-invent the wheel' - In an ideal world, of course, this would be good advice but often differences are discovered in documents and the printed genealogies. His investigation into one branch of the Koekemoer family is an example that adopting a published genealogy is not always wise.

Begraafplaas Opskrywing: Boetsap en Blesmanspos

deur Henry Northall

Boetsap is geleë aan die voet van die Ghaapse Berg en binne `n valley tussen twee rante en het sy ontstaan in die jare 1880 gehad.



Lance Roth – a profile

One of the key helpers in eGGSA’s archive document photographing service, gives us a profile of himself

Twice in a Lifetime

by Jeanne Helen Basson and Harry Booyens

Jeanne Basson traces her father’s war time experiences

Some London Resources for South African Researchers

by Sue Mackay

For anyone visiting from South Africa, keen to trace their UK roots or find out more about their South African ones, the National Archives at Kew (TNA) is a helpful and pleasant environment in which to do research,

Sue Mackay - a profile

DE WET or VAN DER STEL? That is the question.

by Uwe Kersandt

Jacobus de Wet, the man who started the De Wet lineage in South Africa. An interesting debate into the possibility of Jacobus de Wet being the illegitimate son of Simon van der Stel.

Pieter Wessels ‘n profiel van een van ons eGGSA lede

Wiggill South Africa Family Gathering

by Marielle Ford

Marielle planned a South African WIGGILL gathering, which she decided to host in Grahamstown and which she now can highly recommend.

From South Africa to Australia for Love

by Gloria Sheehan

The author traces her great grandmother’s Maryna Johanna VORSTER, roots back to South Africa.

The Glaeser Story – a family history

compiled by G W H Glaeser, born 1915

This is the last instalment of four. The first three parts, in the April, July and October 2008 issues of Genesis, took us from the arrival of George Wilhelm Heinrich Glaeser at the Cape in the early 19th Century to the late 1880s with the family settled in the Transvaal gold fields.



John Kruger gives us a profile of himself

The Glaeser Story – a family history

Compiled by G W H Glaeser, born 1915

This is the third instalment of four. The story is set out as a fmily tree with notes on some of the members. Part three is a continuation of the account of George William Henry Glaeser, 1852-1936. In the previous episode, in the July 2008 issue of Genesis, we left his son, Victor Glaeser, escaping from the British Army Camp from which he had been forbidden to leave without a special pass

Die 350-jaar Booyens Telfoonoproep.

By Harry Booyens, Vancouver

A rather amusing account by Harry of a telephone call to the church archivist in Garding, Germany looking for help in tracing Joen Peter BOOYENS

Can you Help?

From D C Ewan

An uncle named William John Ewan (deceased 1976) married a Hendrik Pieter Klerk Wessels. They had two children, John William Ewan born 1940 and a daughter Susanna Catharina Ewan born 1941. I have never met any of them, nor have I been able to trace them.

Robert Samuel Langford, an early Natal colonist

by Ian van Zyl

In April 1852, Robert Samuel Langford born about 1827 attended a meeting of his creditors in Pietermaritzburg, where he was placed under oath and gave a statement of how he had arrived in the present unfortunate circumstance of having to declare insolvency. His history and the statement he made provide an interesting insight into life in the earliest days of the Natal Colony.

National Heritage Day

Saturday 27 September 2008

The Western Cape Branch of the Genealogical Society of South-Africa (GSSA) held a family research exhibition at Holy Trinity Church, Paarl, Western Cape

The South African John Douglas Riddle

F A Jansen

The Douglas Family origin has long been held untraceable, but the origin of the surname itself is the Gaelic ‘dubh ghlase’, meaning ‘black water’, and is believed to refer to what became known as Douglas Water in Lanarkshire, Scotland Almost seven centuries after William the Fleming inherited his lands from his father, and consequently became known as William, first Lord of Douglas, three men, all named John Douglas, emigrated from Scotland as settlers to South Africa. During the second decade of the 19th century, between 1817 and 1820, one of these three Douglas immigrants (it is not known which) founded the Douglas family of South Africa.

40 Year Old Mystery Solved

Robert D. Watt, Rideau Herald Emeritus

Thanks to a lucky break, referral to a vital site operated by the Society, and the help of expert genealogists in South Africa and archivists in Scotland they were found.

The eGGSA Cemetery Project

by Alta Griffiths

In the Prins Albert Dutch Reformed Church cemetery, lies a man with three grave stones! He is Christiaan J. AVENANT 1886-1938



The Semi-Serendipitous Art of Genealogy

a profile of eGGSA member Harry BOOYENS

Who was Dave?

Alta Griffiths

Ann Tiran found this gravestone years ago at the entrance to the Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga

Die Stidworthy Familie: ‘n Britse Setlaar Familie

deur Salomon Hoogenraad-Vermaak

Joseph STIDWORTHY was born in Totnes, Devon, round about 1789. He had settled in South Africa before 1826.

A Tribute to Andrietta Sawyer (Nee Penny) 1924-2002

by Alaine Kent

Alaine’s family tree as a tribute to her mother: Six generations from Andrietta PENNY to 1820 Settler’s Charles PENNY and Susannah BAGSHAW, their parents and sibling.

Belydenis van ‘n grafsteen-junkie

deur Alta Roux

Dit is ‘n feit dat talle genealogieë saamgestel en gepubliseer is sonder dat die samesteller ooit in ‘n begraafplaas was.

My Grandparents: Ivy Lilian MAISHMAN and Percy Melville HENWICK

by Becky Horne

My grandmother, Ivy Lilian MAISHMAN, was born on 16 Jul 1896 in East Ham, Essex, England. She was the 2nd daughter of Alfred MAISHMAN and Elizabeth HUMBER.

The Glaeser Story – a family history

compiled by G W H Glaeser, born 1915

This is the second instalment of four. This issue continues with the youngest son Egidius Benedictus was born 1890 on the mine at Poortjie near Klerksdorp.

The eGGSA Online Gravestone project - an update

By Alta Griffiths

It is with great excitement that we bring you an update on our project.

My Pet Peeve: pseudo dates

By Richard Ball

Many people seem unable to leave a person on their family tree without a birth date, never mind the fact that there is no clue as to what that date may actually be.



New editor of Genesis

New editor of Genesis - Douglas Clyde Ewan.

Changes at the Helm

The management of the eGGSA branch underwent a major change in March with the resignation of Colin Pretorius from the Chair when this position was filled by Martin Zöllner.

Heleen Sieuwke Lina NEL nee KNOPPERSEN

gives us a profile of herself

The Northern Cape Krugers: My Sixth Generation Grey Area - Johannes Nicolaas Kruger

by J N Kruger

When the author decided to research and record the history of his offshoot of the Northern Cape Kruger clan he thought it would be a breeze. Surely all one would need to do would be to solicit from family members, any documents, photographs or skinder (gossip) that could be used to provide a foundation for a family history document. Any blank areas could be filled with information from official government departments and by dredging the corners of my mind for distant memories, and that, as they say, would be that. But things are never that easy are they?

Watter weergawe?

deur Alta Roux.

This article takes a closer look at the different versions of a story that have been passed down through the years, and the problems confronting researchers even when consulting primary sources.

Can you help?

By: Julie Rowland (Pieterse)

I am researching my Dad's family, Pieterse. Jan George Pieterse born about 1834-1838 "Kaap Kolonie", married Anna Catherina Maria Blignaut born 14th January 1845.

The Glaeser Story – a family history

compiled by G W H Glaeser, born 1915

The first of four instalments. George Wilhelm Heinrich Glaeser was born in Hanover, Germany on 15 February 1785. He studied Medicine in Germany and probably due to the unsettled state of Europe at the beginning of the Napoleonic wars, emigrated to England where he obtained a commission as surgeon in the 60th British Regiment which was ordered to the Cape by the British in 1805.

A dream come true. The eGGSA gravestone photograph project

by Alta Gfiffiths and the Captioning Team

We would like to share this beautiful head stone with you. Will it not be a pleasure to work on the family tree if all the headstones provided us with this much information?



‘n Oupa wat ligte spore trap

deur Peet van Staden, Johannesburg, RSA

Occasionally one individual presents almost insurmountable problems. In this case a seventh-generation greybeard seems to have evaded most of life’s usual checkpoints.

Memories about my Ouma van der Merwe

By Colleen Thorne, Denmark, Western Australia

Die outeur se doel met hierdie artikel is nie om ‘n volledige genealogie van haar ouma te gee nie maar eerder om ‘n oorsig van haar lewe na die ABO te gee.

‘n Fotobeeld van Cornelis Gregorius Buitendag (1846-1934) en gesin

deur Salomon C.J. Hoogenraad-Vermaak[1], Pretoria, RSA

One could ask if it is sensible to publish an article on Cornelis Gregorius Buitendag. He is neither famous nor controversial, unlike the other Buitendag – Carel Hendrik, whose conduct indirectly contributed to the rise of the Cape Patriots against Governor Van Plettenberg.

Southern African Jewish Genealogy Research

by Saul Issroff, London, UK

Jewish links to South Africa started with the Portuguese voyages of exploration around the Cape of Good Hope in 1452.

Erratum: Issue 16

In our previous issue we placed an article by Andre Morkel about the search for Philip Morkel in 17th Century Germany. Unfortunately due to an editorial oversight one paragraph never made it to the final issue.

In Search of Mr Johnson, a Transport Rider

By David Curtis , NSW, Australia

Johnsonspos is not a village as people assume. It is indeed a farm that has always had a shop and a Johnson as the owner.

A Tribute to the women in our family

By Fay Lea, RSA

Maria Van der Spuy, grandchild of ‘Stamvader’ Melt van der Spuy, married a Danish ship’s captain Töger Abo and moved to Denemark. Maria’s granddaughter Betty Camilia Augusta Abo reversed her grandmother’s journey travelling to South Africa thirty years later.

Vir die CD- en boekrak Die Kruger-familie in Suider-Afrika

Barry Kruger, Queensland, Australia

Meer as vyftien jaar se navorsing word in hierdie nuwe cd wat deur die GGSA bemark word, opgeneem.

Can you help?

By Alta Griffiths, Durbanville, RSA

Labeling the photos from the De Oude Begraafplaas der Hugenoten in La Motte outside Franschoek turned out to be a real challenge.



Obsessie met C.L.J. de Villiers in die vreemde

by Tertia Watson (le Roux)

Around 1987 the author found a reference, in the index to a book in a Melbourne bookshop, to De Villiers, Christian Ludolph Johannes, Superintendent of Native Police (22.10.1837-15.1.1839).In the first part we met De Villiers, learnt about his origins, his link-up with the Cox family and his activities in Tasmania in the early days of that settlement In this issue we learn more about De Villiers’ activities in Port Philip and his role in the Native Police Force.

Searching for Philip Morkel in 17th Century Germany

By Andre Morkel

Tells of the youth and family in Germany of progenitor Philip Morkel who arrived at the Cape on the VOC returnship Oosterstein in 1708

Traditional Naming Patterns

By Keith Meintjes and Ariel Rudolph

This article discusses the traditional way of naming children, and gives examples of how it can be used to guide genealogy research.

What’s in a name?

By Maureen McCleland

The search for and finding the origins of the. The author tells of her search and findings in various archives and public records in Britian to confirm a repeated family story of the origins of the Loftie-Eaton surname

DE JAGERS: b1 Andries de Jager word b2

Deur Pieter de Jager

Stamvader Pieter Christiaansz de Jager getroud met Hermina Karelsz het 8 kinders gehad en tot nou is aanvaar dat hul oudste kind, Andries, b1 is. Die internasionaal bekende genealoog, Richard Ball [RB] se navorsing bewys het dat Andries nie b1 kan wees nie, maar b2 is. inligting vir alle De Jager-navorsers in besonder en SA genealogie in die algemeen.

From Orkney to the Cape - The Railway Link

By Morag Scott Michael

The story of John Nicholson Scott, born in the Orkney Islands moved via Scotland to South Africa where he worked for years for the Railways. In about 1911 the Scotts returned to Scotland and started a new life. The author shares her amazement that her grandson now lives in an area 4X great grandparents once lived centuries ago.

Vir die Boekrak - For the Bookshelf



In Memoriam: ME Pretorius

Deur Colin Pretorius

Maria Elizabeth Pretorius (gebore Van Heerden), * 15.12.1927, + 18.08.2007, O 22.08.2007

Requiescat in pace




Why I Love Genealogy

By Shirley Richardson

The author tells how the receipt of a letter that had been lying in a draw for years sparked her interest in genealogy. She also shares with us her visit to the Eastern Cape to walk where her ancestors had.

Beating the Brick Wall

by Francois Greeff.

How the technique of building puzzles and completing crossword puzzles helps solve his genealogy problems.

Putting Something Back

By Sue Mackay

Sue has received a great deal of reciprocal help from people in South Africa who have benefited from her transcriptions of the massive amount of letters connected to the 1820 settles which she found in the National Archives in London. Her advice is to try and put something back into the pot - ultimately it will reap you rich rewards.

Doop van die 7de geslag met die naam Adriaan Jacobus LOUW

Deur Hendrik Louw


By Richard Ball

The Dutch Weesmeisies (girls from an orphanage) have become part of the mythology of early Cape ancestry. As J.A.Heese writes [1]: 'Colenbrander and many other researchers into the composition of the Afrikaners attach much value to the fact that during Simon van der Stel's time at the Cape, quantities of Dutch orphan girls were sent to South Africa, in order to provide wives for the unmarried free settlers'.

This article covers how many such orphan girls there in fact were, and who their descendants are.

Protecting Your Hard Work

by Barry Kruger

In the property market, estate agents are often quoted as saying that there are three important features a property must have: location, location and location. This can be modified to apply to our genealogical research and the preservation of our information. There are thus three important tasks a researcher must do: backup, backup and backup.

Obsessie met C.L.J. de Villiers in die vreemde

by Tertia Watson (le Roux)

Die eerste gedeelte van ‘n informele vertelling van amper 20 jaar se pogings om die naam Christian Ludolph Johannes de Villiers op te volg totdat dit ‘n lewende persoonlikheid aangeneem het. Ek was nie net geìnteresseerd in die genealogiese gegewens soos geboorte op Stellenbosch in 1808 en sterfte in 1855 op ‘n plaas in Australië nie. ‘n Groot deel van die storie is die proses , hoe en waar.

For the bookshelf

'Bewaarders van ons erfenis' - additional booklets

In 2005 eGSSA announced that we had entered into an agreement with the Drakenstein Heemkring to market the first 14 issues of their 'Bewaarders van ons Erfenis' booklets on CD. The success of the CD led to a further six booklets being made available as individual e-books.

Each booklet covers a particular district:

15 - Beaufort (Wes)

16 - Cradock

17 - Colesberg

18 - Richmond

19 - Uitenhage

20 - Somerset (Oos)

21 - Albany

All of the above are available

Elektroniese Capensis 2002-2007 beskikbaar by die eGGSA webwinkel

Stella-family - Correction



Martinus Gerhardus OOSTHUIZEN b1c7 (1752 – 1838)

By Keith Meintjes & Ariel Rudolph

For the CD and book shelf

Met ‘n diepe verlange, deur Catherine Willemse, 2006

The people of Welgeval, by Botlhale Tema, 2005

Familia Omnibus CD, GGSA/GSSA

Unlocking the vault: Conversion to digital records

By Brittany Karford

People don’t have to wonder what lies behind the 14-ton vault door at FamilySearch’s Granite Mountain Records Vault (GMRV) facility. In as little as 10 years, much of its genealogical collection may be at their fingertips. The billions of names preserved on microfilmed records at the vault are and being converted to digital images that can eventually be viewed on-line

From Colin’s Desk

During March the management team mailed out a questionnaire to all current (2007) eGGSA members, requesting feedback on a few issues and also seeking suggestions to improve our services to you. We also asked for comments on the eGSSA's privacy policy and the making available of your personal data.

This month in history

By Anne Lehmkuhl

A few important events in April through the ages.

The GILSTAIN story

By Sue Mackay

My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was GILSTAIN. Her mother was Ellen Maria HOBBS, a direct descendant of Philip HOBBS, the 1820 settler, and thus quite well documented, but despite the unusual surname the GILSTAINs have proved a huge headache to research. Only recently have I been able to link up the various GILSTAINs in South Africa and prove that they were all related.

Hulphoekie / Please help

Descendants of Antoni STELLA

From Annatjie Tiran



Engela Elizabeth Helena Linde: Afrikaanse skrywer

Deur Martie du Toit.

I didn’t go it alone - the tombstone images

By Gail Röthlin. You might well ask why anybody in their right mind would voluntarily agree to undertake the task of reading the inscriptions and captioning nearly 25,000 images of tombstones - but volunteer I did.

Which Pieter Gous was Aletta Vorster’s husband?

By Richard Ball.

For the CD and book shelf

The Cotton Germans of Natal: the story of the Bergthiel Colonists and their descendants 1848 - 2006 by Walter Volker
Kinders van die Kompanjie: Kaapse lewens uit die sewentiende eeu, by Karel Schoeman
Transcription of the Estate Papers at the Cape (Tepc) CD, transkripsies van unieke materiaal wat in die Kaapstadse Argiefbewaarplek gehuisves word.

Matthijs Greeff and his Children

By Francois Greeff. Matthijs Greeff, the progenitor of the Greeff family in South Africa, and his wife, Susanna Claasen had nine children. Their youngest child, Adrianus, is not recognised by any of the genealogical authorities.

Tronk toe met ‘n ompad

Deur Alta Griffiths. Die verhaal van ‘n soldaat wat meer gekry het as wat hy op gereken het; soos dit opgeteken staan in die argief. Vertaling vanuit Hollands gedoen deur Loretha du Plessis en Rina Brink

Hulphoekie / Please help

Our Please Help section aims to help family researchers break down brick walls. This month, eGSSA is looking for help with its own brickwall. Readers are invited send in articles for inclusion in genesis.

The diary of Jacobus Wille

The 9th and final instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period July to December 1902



The Cronje Letters: Boer correspondence in 1881

Edited and annotated by Johan Pottas and Adam Yamey.

In previous issues we had a look at the letters the Cronje brothers wrote to Leopold Reichenberg, as well as at some of the personalities involved. In the final instalment of this series, we take a brief look at Pres JH Brand and Lerothodi, Paramount Chief of the Basuto.

Die Herinneringe van Johannes Hoogenboezem

In die vorige 2 uitgawes het ons kennis gemaak met stamvader Johannes Hoogenboezem en ook 'n

bietjie dieper gedelf in sy agtergrond. In hierdie voorlaaste uitgawe plaas ons die res van sy dagboek,

vanaf 1918 tot 1930. Die dagboek word met vergunning van Anneke Pelser (die agter-kleinkind

van Johannes Hoogenboezem) hier weergegee.

For the CD and Book shelf…

Kalaharijoernaal; by Willem D. Kotzé

A Tapestry of Lives - Cape women of the 17th century; by June McKinnon

No Place for a Lady; a novel by Ann Harries

The Lötter genes

By Francois Greeff.

There is some controversy about whether leadership and achievement are genetically linked to creativity and intelligence. Whatever the case may be, the Lötter genes could quite possibly prove to be interesting. The earliest fame achieved by a member of the family occurs in 1522.

Geen geheimsinninge geraamtes in die kas nie - net ‘n spook op ‘n stoel

Deur Martina Louw (néé van Breda)

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE (Part 8)

The 8th instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period February to June 1902

Spotlight on…

eGSSA’s Download Library

Hulphoekie / Please Help

Our Please Help section aims to help family researchers break down brick walls. Information placed here must be treated as unverified, unless specifically stated. The Please Help section also offers readers the opportunity to share research with other readers. This month a plea from genesis for your article contributions.

Gift ideas for & from the family historian

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start looking for gifts. The family historian can sometimes

be difficult to shop for. Here are some ideas to make any family historian’s day.


The Cronje Letters: Boer correspondence in 1881

Edited and annotated by Johan Pottas and Adam Yamey.
In the previous issue we took a brief look at Leopold Reichenberg, the recipient of a number of letters form the brothers Cronje. In this penultimate issue, we will look at a few of the other personalities listed in the letters.

Die Herinneringe van Stamvader Hoogenboezem

Verlede keer het ons kennis gemaak met stamvader Johannes Hoogenboezem. In hierdie uitgawe kyk ons 'n bietjie dieper in sy lewe in Nederland.

Making the most of paid researchers

By Eira Makepeace
This article aims to offer some pointers to those people who for various reasons cannot get to resource centres for family research such as LDS family history centres or archives and have to pay researchers. The article has four parts: defining the brief, finding a researcher, working with the researcher, and an example of good practice.

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE (Part 7)

The 7th instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period December 1901 - January 1902

Stutterheim District Presbyterian Church: Communion Roll 1840-1841

Transcribed by Gail Röthlin

Vir die Boekrak / For the Bookshelf

1) Was ek 'n voël, dan vlieg ek weg; deur Etrese Buter-Pretorius.

2) Lord Methuen uitoorlê deur Genl. Koos de la Rey; deur G.A. van der Walt

Dating photographs for SA family historians, Part II

By Rosemary Dixon-Smith

Hulphoekie / Please Help

Our Please Help section aims to help family researchers break down brick walls. Information placed here must be treated as unverified, unless specifically stated. The Please Help section also offers readers the opportunity to share research with other readers. This month a plea for help with SCHOOLING and BOLTON.

This month in history

A brief look at what happened in the month of July from 1706 to 1999.


The Cronje Letters: Boer correspondence in 1881

Edited and annotated by Johan Pottas and Adam Yamey.
n the previous issue we looked at some letters written by the two brothers Hendrick and Andries Cronje - then living and farming in Rouxville district in the Orange Free State - to Leopold Reichenberg, a friend of theirs who had lived in South Africa, but was by then living in Bavaria. These letters described people and events that figured in the lives of the letter writers. We also provided biographical notes about the writers. In this issue, we will look at the recipient of the letters.

Die Herinneringe van stamvader HOOGENBOEZEM

Ons begin in hierdie uitgawe met die eerste gedeelte van die dagboek van stamvader Johannes Hoogenboezem. Die dagboek word met vergunning van Anneke Pelser (die agter-kleinkind van Johannes Hoogenboezem) hier weergegee.

Vir die CD-en Boekrak

Naudé kronieke - van Champagne tot Pretoria, deur Louis Naudé

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE (Part 6)

The 6th instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period October - November 1901.

Hulphoekie / Please Help

Op soek na die ZIEHLS in Suid-Afrika

Illustrating your family history

By Sue MacKay
OK, so you have a filing cabinet stuffed with certificates, death notices, printouts from the IGI and mailing list archives and one of those horrible computer generated family trees. You even have a box of old photographs that you found in Grandma's house when she died.

In Memoriam: Mark TAPPING

10 May 1922 - 28 March 2006


The Cronje Letters: Boer correspondence in 1881

Edited and annotated by Johan Pottas and Adam Yamey.

In 1881, each of the two brothers Hendrick and Andries CRONJE, then living and farming in Rouxville district in the Orange Free State, sent a letter to Leopold REICHENBERG, a friend of theirs who had lived in South Africa, but was by then living in Bavaria. These letters, in Dutch / Afrikaans, remained in the REICHENBERG family, and are now in the possession of South African-born Harold HODES, a great-grand-nephew of Leopold REICHENBERG.

From the Newsdesk: Last Holder of the VC dies

By Anne Lehmkuhl

The last surviving South African holder of the highest British award for military valour, the Victoria Cross, died aged 89 in Harare on 29 October 2004.

American Missionaries in Zululand

By Dr. J.C. van der Walt

During 1835 a group of tweve young American Presbyterian missionaries arrived in South Africa. The six married couples were Aldin GROUT and his wife Hannah, George CHAMPION and his wife Susanna, Dr. Alexander WILSON and his wife Mary Jane, Henry VENABLE and his wife Martha, Daniel LINDLEY and his wife Lucy and Dr. Newton ADAMS and his wife Sarah.

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE

The 5th instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period August 1901.

Vir die CD- / Boekrak:

Die Kerk van Stellenbosch 1686-1963: AM Hugo en J van der Bijl se bekende boek “Die Kerk van Stellenbosch 1686-1963” (Tafelberg Uitgewers) is oorspronklik in 1963 gepubliseer, maar reeds vir geruime tyd uit druk. Die Historiese Genootskap van die Moedergemeente Stellenbosch het dié monumentale werk in digitale formaat op kompakskyf heruitgegee as No 2 in hul Palmkronieke reeks, met korreksies van ooglopende foute in die oorspronklike drukuitgawe.

Hulphoekie / Please Help

In this issue we are launching a new - hopefully permanent - section, in which we present some requests for help, together with some information researchers wish to share. Please note that while these questions may have been carefully researched, the same is not necessarily true of the answers.

Our first entry is from Keith Meintjes, who is requesting help on some aspects of the WAHL family in South Africa.

Ons tweede versoek is van Herman van Niekerk, wie op soek is na inligting wat hom kan help om ‘n belangrike deel van die VAN NIEKERK’s se begin geskiedenis in Suid-Afrika kan ontrafel.


Dating Photographs for SA Family Historians (Part 1)

By Rosemary Dixon-Smith

Genealogisch onderzoek in Nederland

Deur Cornelis Heystek

Vele lezers van dit blad hebben vermoedelijk voorouders in Nederland. Nu is het, als u in Nederland woont, eenvoudig om genealogische gegevens op te zoeken. In de Archiefwet is geregeld dat alle overheidsarchieven optimaal voor iedereen toegankelijk moeten zijn en ingezien kunnen worden.

For the Bookshelf:

Into Kokerboom Country: Namaqualand’s Jewish Pioneers:

This book tells the story, with many historical photographs previously unpublished, of the small group of Jewish pioneers who, like the kokerboom, dug their roots into the sandy soil of Namaqualand. They transformed their situation from penniless immigrants to established citizens. Their story spans 1851 to 1987.

A Rain of Lead – the siege and surrender of the British at Potchefstroom:

The story of how 213 British troops and civilians held it against the Boers for 96 days at the end of 1880 from a tiny, makeshift mud fort. The place was Potchefstroom, the old Boer capital of the Transvaal, which had been annexed and occupied by the British in 1877. The siege marked the start of the first Anglo-Boer War.

Martha – ‘n verhaal oor Martha Solomons:

This historical novel is based on the life of Martha SOLOMONS, daughter of a slave woman, Rebecca. Martha married Harry GREY, the black sheep of the House of Stamford. After the death of his cousin, Harry inherited the title, and Martha became the Honourable Lady Martha Solomons, 8th Countess of Stamford.

Sufferings of War:

This photographic record was compiled from photos chosen by Paul Alberts, which he digitally enhanced. The photos formed the basis of an exhibition which took place in Russia and will travel to other countries.

Voortrekker Plaasbesetting op die Transvaalse Hoëveld - 'n Versteurde Beeld

Deur Gert van den Bergh

Die Voortrekker besetting van plase op die Transvaalse Hoëveld is 'n beeld van verwarring. Hendrik POTGIETER se lakse beheer en tydelikheid van sy nedersetting was hiervoor verantwoordelik. Sy semi-onafhanklike houding het aanleiding gegee tot die aanstelling van 'n landdros om die Natalse Volksraad se gesag te verteenwoordig en ook 'n parallelle plaasinskrywingstelsel. POTGIETER se versoening met die Volksraad het die ongerymdhede met plaastoekenning aan die lig gebring, maar ook die Natalse stelsel van plaasinspeksie in Transvaal in werking gestel.

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE

The 4th instalment of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue covers the period June to July 1901.

Colin's Corner: What's in a name?

Continuing looking into the meaning of names.


Wiltshire Settlers on the Weymouth (1820)

By Sue MacKay, 3 x great-granddaughter of Philip HOBBS, William BARTLETT and Selina HAYWARD

My branch of the BARKER family in South Africa

by Mark A Barker

Henry Albert BARKER alias William RICHARDS arrived in South Africa in 1887 from India. He was the only soldier proceeding from Burma to South Africa at this time – several other soldiers were discharged at this time and they returned to England.

For the CD- and bookshelf

An unsung heritage: The author describes the history and experiences of slaves and slave owners at the Cape. He recounts many aspects of cultural, social and economic life at the time.

The sunburnt queen

In 1737 a seven-year-old English girl was cast ashore after a storm in which her ship was wrecked at a remote spot known as Lambasi, on the Wild Coast. The girl was not alone, but the identity of the other castaways remains a mystery to this day.

Echoes of slavery - Voices from our past:

A collection of true stories concentrating on the last 30 years of slavery before emancipation in 1834 at the Cape.

Cape Dutch houses and other old favourites:

In this historical and photographic record, the author explores 150 old houses, paying tribute to the architects and craftsmen who created them. The historical architecture of the southwestern Cape is known as Cape Dutch.

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE

Part 3 of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was transcribed by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte ESTERHUIZEN. This issue will cover the months of April and May 1901.

Die oorsprong en eerste geslag van die POTTAS / POTHAS / POTAS familie in Suider Afrika

Deur Johan J Pottas

Johann Simon POTHARST was van oorsprong van die dorpie Schwalenberg, 'n klein dorpie, in die voormalige koninkryk van Lippe, geleë in die hedendaagse distrik van Kreis, Lippe Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duitsland.

Colin's Corner - What's in a name?

More derivations and origins of names


Tussen-die-riviere Wildtuin: Momente & Fragmente

Deur Simon du Plooy

Hoog bo in die Drakensberge, meer as 3 000 m bo seevlak, nie ver van mekaar nie, ontspring hulle; die een eers weswaarts – dan suidwes, die ander een eers meer suidwaarts - dan wes om algaande nader aan mekaar te kom. Dit is die Caledon- en Oranjeriviere wat uiteindelik naby Bethulie bymekaarkom en ‘n driehoek in die ruwe doleriet- en vlaktewêreld vorm wat na eeue se “wildernis” en 130 jaar van “beskawing” sedert 1967 bekend is as die "Tussen – die – Riviere – wildtuin” van die Vrystaat Provinsie. In dié gebied het die eerste blanke inwoners voor 1840 ingetrek en die plase Klipfontein, Badsfontein en Truitjesfontein aangelê.

Die dood van Christoffel Petrus PRETORIUS in die Heilbron konsentrasiekamp

Hierdie transkripsie is van 'n brief wat in 1973 deur Emil Pretorius se vader W.J. PRETORIUS op klankkasset vasgelê is.

The diary of Jacobus WILLE

Part 2 of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was translated by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. This issue will cover the months of February and March 1901.

The search for John WILLIAMS

By Mary Livingstone

Mary came across the story of John WILLIAMS almost by accident. It happened when she had hit a number of brick walls in tracing her LIVINGSTONE forebears, and was inspired to attempt a search for the forebears and family of her three-times great-grandfather, Robert POTE (1785-c1831), 1820 settler.

Vir die CD- en boekrak

Konsentrasiekamprekords van die Vrystaatse Argiewe

Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere, Knysna

This church, a beautiful example in miniature of the Norman style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, was built by Thomas Henry DUTHIE, owner of Belvidere

estate from 1833 to 1857.

Colin's Corner: What's in a name?

The derivations and origins of eGSSA's management team


Some "Hidden" sources in Natal By Rosemary Dixon-Smith

Deeds & Wills at the Master’s Office, Pietermaritzburg Accessions Index at Pietermaritzburg Archives Early colonists moved from Point Cemetery to West Street Cemetery

Die geslagsregister van Petrus Jacobus PRETORIUS Deur Colin Pretorius,

fotos verskaf deur Roelf du Preez Petrus Jacobus PRETORIUS is op 21 November 1863 te Groothoek in die distrik Middelburg (Kaap) gebore. Hy word op 21 Januarie 1864 in die Gereformeerde Kerk te Middelburg gedoop. Sy handgeskrewe/versierde geslagsregister dui egter sy geboortedatum aan as 21 Januarie1863.

Giving meaning to family history research by June Barnes

I have often wondered why we become so obsessed with finding out who our ancestors were; where they came from; what they did ; when they did it and why?. There is perhaps a danger of it all becoming just a collection of dates and names, the object being to go back as far as we can - involving perhaps just a little bit of "one-upmanship"!

Myther Herkomsts HEURTER-familie definitief ontkracht? deur Leo Heurter

According to the Heurter family oral tradition we are descendants of the Huguenots, coming from France in the 17th century. This was also stated on a piece of paper found between old family papers, listing the Heurter family chain as starting with Frans Josef Heurter. According to these documents he is said to have come from the northern French town Cassel near Duinkerken.

Vir die CD- en boekrak

1. Merchant Pioneers - the house of MOSENTHAL, by Dolores Fleischer and Angela Caccia. Published in 1983 by Jonathan Ball Publishers Pty. Ltd. 2. Die Palmkronieke CD - Stellenbosch se doopregister van 1688-1732 is aan die einde van 2004 op 'n CD getiteld Palmkronieke No 1 uitgegee.

The Diary of Jacobus WILLE

Part 1 of a series of extracts from the diary of Jacobus WILLE. The diary - written during his time in the Diyatalawa camp in Ceylon - was translated by his daughter Minnie POSTMA, and has been made available for publication here by Charlotte Esterhuizen. In this issue we will cover the period November 1900 - January 1901.

The Reverend Benjamin Croft GOODISON by Patricia Frykberg

This article is part of one chapter in the Goodison family history. Benjamin Croft Goodison was my great-great grandfather and the only son of Benjamin Goodison and Belinda Sarah Wiggins.


Have you ever looked at one of those pesky estate notices and wondered how big a morgen really is? Andy Hall did, and the following is the answer he came up with.


Die kinders van Wessel PRETORIUS en Josyntgen Claesdochter VAN EGMOND deur Colin Pretorius

In die boek "Pretorius oor drie eeue, 1600-1900" (ME Pretorius, 1992), word dit op bladsy 1 gestel dat Ds. Wessel(ius) PRETORIUS en Josyntgen (Josyntje/Josina) Claesdogter sewe kinders gehad het. Jan Harm PRETORIUS sê in die artikel " 'n Ander weergawe van die herkoms van die PRETORIUS familie" dat Wessel en Josyntgen agt kinders gehad het. In 1955 het Dr. Willem PUNT in die artikel "Ouddorp - Bakermat van die Suid-Afrikaanse Pretoriusse", wat vir die feesvieringe in Pretoria geskryf is, melding gemaak van die "eerste drie dogters" van Wessel en Josyntgen - nl. Elizabeth, Aaltje en Catharina. Hoe nou? Waar pas hierdie kinders in by die sewe wat in die Pretoriusboek genoem word?:

News Desk

1. The last resting place of the 1906 rebel leader Chief Bambatha kaMancinza may remain a secret. 2. It has recently been announced that the SA POLICE SERVICES wish to renovate two of the historic structures on the site of the old Andrew McColm hospital, viz. "The Old Farmhouse" and "Pretoriushof". 3. Janet Melville received the D.F. du Toit Malherbe award for genealogical research from the S.A. Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, primarily for her book on the VAN DER MERWE family in South Africa. 4. The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently celebrated its 175th birthday. UCT is South Africa's oldest university and was founded on 01 October 1829 as the South African College, a boys' school which also provided some tertiary education.

The DU PREEZ CD Reviewed by Pierre van Heerden

This excellent CD by MHC (Thys) Du Preez is the result of 35 years of part time research into the DU PREEZ family in South Africa and is a "must buy" for anyone interested in this family.

Die Hugenotevestiging in Suid-Afrika deur prof Christo Viljoen

Met die onlangse polemiek in die openbare pers oor die voorgestelde hernoeming van die Hugenotetonnel in die Wes-kaap, het die focus andermaal geval op dié unieke groepie vlugtelinge wat hulle meer as drie eeue gelede aan die Kaap van Goeie Hoop gevestig het. Hulle was nie koloniste in die gewone sin van die woord nie, maar inderdaad vlugtelinge wat (godsdiens) vryheid in ‘n nuwe vaderland gaan soek het.

Willem VAN WIJK of Sandwijk, Drakenstein,

died circa 1702, joint Stamvader (Progenitor) of the South African Van Wyk family and his children. Written by Richard Ball, based on his research among the original documents found in the Cape Archives. There were two Van Wyk Stamvaders, Willem van Wyk and Arie van Wyk. He writes about the first of these.

Op die spoor van Erich MAYER se oorlogsdagboek Dr Celestine Pretorius

Dit is bekend dat die kunstenaar Erich Mayer na die uitbreek van die Anglo-Boereoorlog in 1899, by die Boeremagte aangesluit het, by Mafeking gevang is en as krygsgevangene na St. Helena gestuur is. Hier het hy talle sketse en tekeninge van die Boere in die kampe gemaak, wat in my boek: Op St. Helena - vol van hartepyn, gepubliseer is (Protea Boekhuis, 2000). Ek het as gevolg van die navorsing vir die boek ontdek dat Mayer ‘n dagboek op commando gehou het.

Special characters - tips for Microsoft Word users by Colin Pretorius

A number of our contributors use Microsoft Word in preparing their submissions (in fact this is the preferred format). Although Word has been the industry standard for some years, queries on how to create special characters and effects abound. In this short article we hope to address some of those queries.

Book reviews

1. Punt van die swaard; by L.J. Bothma. Publisher: Protea Boekhuis. 2. Graaff-Reinet: An illustrated historical guide to the town; including Aberdeen & Nieu-Bethesda; by Tony Westby-Nunn. Publisher: Westby-Nunn Publishers cc


On the bookshelf:

New and old books of interest to genealogists 1. 'n Duitser aan die Kaap, 1724-1765: Die lewe en loopbaan van Hendrik SCHOEMAN; by Karel Schoeman. Publisher: Protea Boekhuis, 2004 2. Kites of good fortune, by Theresa Benade. Publisher: David Philip - New Africa Books, 2004 3. Echoes of slavery: voices from our past, by Jackie Loos. Publisher: David Philip -New Africa Books, 2004 4. Hill of the sphinx: the Battle of Isandlwana, by F.W.D. Jackson. Publisher: Westerners Publications, 2004 5. Gandhi's Prisoner ? The life of Gandhi's son Manilal, by Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie. Publisher: Kwela, 2004 6. Meerlust: 300 years of hospitality, by Phillida Brooke Simons. Publisher:Fernwood Press, 2003

Die "Huisbeuring" van die PRETORIUS voorgeslagte in Nederlo/Neerlage

Die voorgeslagte van die PRETORIUSse in Europa was die SCHULTEs van Nederlo (Neerlage/Nederlage). Barend SCHULTE, wat later as Barend SCHOUT bekend staan na sy verhuising na Leiden, se seun Wessel sou later die van PR(A)ETORIUS aanneem. Hierdie Ds Wessel (ius) PRETORIUS was die vader van Johannes PRETORIUS, stamvader van die PRETORIUS familie in Suid-Afrika.

Eerste Vier Geslagte du BUISSONs aan die Kaap deur Alta Roux

Streng gesproke, was David DU BUISSON nie 'n Hugenoot nie. Sy datum van aankoms kon nie vasgestel word nie - sy naam verskyn nie op die monsterrolle van 1692, 1695, 1696, 1697 of 1700 nie, maar wel die eerste keer op die monsterrol van 1703, toe hy as inwoner van die distrik Drakenstein aangeteken word. Hy was dus nie een van die eerste vlugtelinge van 1688 of 1689 nie, maar het waarskynlik in 1702 of 1703 hier aangekom.

News Desk:

Genealogical news and heritage gleanings 1. Andrew McLEOD (66) recently earned his doctorate degree, with honours, from the University of Pretoria. His thesis deals with the psychological impact of the guerilla war on Boer forces during the Anglo-Boer War. 2. Boschendal, the 300-year-old wine estate in the Cape winelands, is at the centre of heritage dispute. The 2 240ha farm was recently sold for R323-million by Anglo American Farms to a consortium of foreign buyers, including Juan Bacardi (US heir to the Barcadi liquor empire). 3. The small Overberg town of Elim, which was started as a missionary station, celebrated its 180th anniversary in August. It was founded in 1824 when the Swedish Moravian missionary Hans Peter HALLBECK bought the farm Vogelstruiskraal. In May 1825 the Rev. Johann BONATZ, who led the missionary enterprise, renamed the farm Elim. 4. At the time of the 1860 centenary celebrations in 1960, discussions were held about a memorial in Durban to indentured Indian labourers. Today, the 1860 Heritage Foundation is still waiting. Foundation head Krish Gokool wants the memorial in place before the 150th anniversary in 2010 of the arrival of indentured Indians in the country. 5. In 1879, five brothers left Ghalah in the Surat district of India, aboard a ship bound for Durban. The COOVADIA brothers - Hoosen, Mahomed, Moosa, Salehjee and Suleiman - were merchant traders. Their descendants recently celebrated their roots at a gathering in Germiston. 6. Looking for burial sites of family and friends in Johannesburg is now easier. The city's Parks department has an launched on-line database of cemeteries in Johannesburg. The plans for the future include captured data going back as far as the 1880s. 7. One of the smallest minority groups in South Africa, the Zanzibaris, are returning to the land they were removed from under the Group Areas Act in 1961. The Zanzibaris are descendants of slaves from Zanzibar island in Tanzania and the Makua island in Mozambique. The land they have won back, after a claim process started in 1986, is in King's Rest on Durban's Bluff. 8. South African heritage authorities want tougher laws to stop people turning a profit from state documents that are of historical value. This follows the recent handover of the original 1961 arrest warrant for Nelson Mandela to the National Archives. The warrant, a state document, was bought by the banking group, Absa, from an unidentified individual who wanted to sell it to the Archives.

The Italians and the Voortrekker Monument by Estelle Pretorius,

researcher at the Voortrekker Monument It is not commonly known that the Italians were involved with the construction of the Voortrekker Monument. Apart from the fact that the initial construction, till after the placing of the corner stone (1938) was done by an Italian firm, Italians were also involved with the construction of the laager wall and the casting of the Anton VAN WOUW statue of the woman and children in front of the Monument. Furthermore the marble frieze was chiselled from Italian marble in Italy.

Kariega Baptist Church

The origin of the Baptist Ministry in the Kariega area can be attributed to an encounter between Richard BOWLES and Rev James MUNRO. These two men met at Vaalvlei where they outspanned their oxwagons.

A little humour:

Life in the 1500s How some of today's sayings and customs originated


Genealogie en die heraldiek deur prof. Christo Viljoen

Die meeste genealoë word een of ander stadium gekonfronteer met die vraag: "Hoe lyk die familiewapen van die familie wat ek navors?" Hierdie vraag is gewoonlik gebaseer op die aanvaarding dat elke familie ’n heraldiese wapen besit, dat elkeen wat die naam voer geregtig is om die wapen ook te voer, en dat al wat nodig is, is om die wapen te vind en daarop aanspraak te maak. Dan volg daar ‘n koorsagtige soektog na die "familiewapen" en word een of ander familiewapen summier geannekseer asof dit geldig is - veral in die geval van families waarvan die stamouers uit Europa afkomstig is. Maar die Staatsheraldikus is van mening dat die algemene Suid-Afrikaanse gebruik om dieselfde wapen te voer as ’n gelyknamige familie in Europa ongegrond en selfs onwettig is, veral in gevalle waar alle Suid-Afrikaanse lede van die familie dieselfde wapen sonder breuke voer.

Shaykh Yusuf:Tri-centennial Commemoration by A.M. van Rensburg

2004 will be the tri-centennial commemoration since Shaykh Yusuf’s remains were most likely returned from the Cape to Indonesia with his extended family, when they sailed on the 5th October 1704 on the ships de Liefde and Spiegel. This paper looks at the significance of Shaykh Yusuf with an overview of the history of his graves.

On the bookshelf: New and old books of interest to genealogists

1. Umvoti Mounted Rifles - new regimental history coming out soon 2. All Under Heaven, by Darryl Accone, published by David Philip, 2004, ISBN 0864866488 3. Die Kaapse Rebelle van die Hantam-Karoo tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog van 1899-1902, deur Eben Nel, Bienedell Uitgewers, Pretoria

News Desk: Genealogical news and heritage gleanings

1. Honour for medical researcher: Dr. Geoffrey Dean (85) became well-known 1. for his research into porphyria, in mainly Afrikaans families. 2. South Africa’s first test tube baby, known only as the DE VOS baby, celebrated his 20th birthday in April 2004. 3. A rescue job, estimated to cost R5-million, is saving the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria from water damage. 4. A last will made in 1920 is being challenged in court by the South African Education Department and the University of Cape Town (UCT). 5. The descendants of the French Huguenot refugees are not impressed by a proposal that would re-name the Huguenot Tunnel.

Discovering the slave wreck Meermin by Anne Lehmkuhl

The Dutch slave ship, Meermin, ran aground off the southern Cape coast 238 years ago after an on-board rebellion nearly succeeded. A project, funded by the Lotto, was recently launched to uncover her secrets. It is the beginning of a larger project to find slave wrecks around the South African coastline.

From the learning room:

Useful tips for genealogists Notes about downloading from NAAIRS Hoe om jou tydjie aanlyn by NAAIRS so kort as moontlik te hou (by Jaq Benadie, Durban and Coastal Branch, GGSA) Notes principally about downloading the National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS) index displays as opposed to reading them online. In English & Afrikaans.

Colin’s Corner:

Words from our Branch Chairman



The Changing Face of Genealogy in South Africa by Martin Zöllner

The genealogical sphere in South Africa has changed substantially over the past number of years. This holds true for most aspects of genealogy, from the availability/accessibility of genealogical sources to organisational issues. The reasons for these changes are diverse and mostly due to external factors, e.g. financial, technological, political and demographic changes. Genealogists should take note of these changes, since they impact on personal genealogical research, as well as on genealogical organisations. The following contribution should be regarded as a discussion document, intending to place the changes in South African genealogy into perspective and to identify the resulting threats and opportunities.

Grandparents and family history by Anne Lehmkuhl

Grandparents can make family history come alive for their grandchildren. They have stories to tell, mementos to share, and they can pass on family traditions. Here are a few ideas to help you preserve and share the unique story of your family.

Lauder, Lammas and Hankey - Three places and three families by Prof. Charles V.R. Wait

On 10 Sept 2003 it was 220 years since the birth of James WAIT in Lauder, Scotland. This article traces the connection between JamesWAIT who emigrated from Lauder in Scotland to be the progenitor of the WAIT family in South Africa; Frederick KORSTEN, an early 19th century entrepreneur with a farm at what was to become Hankey in the Eastern Cape, and the DAMANT family from the Manor of Lammas in Norfolk on the river Bure.

GEDCOM Explained by Barry Kruger

In this article we will be delving into the mysteries of what GEDCOM is. Many users of genealogical software may have heard of the term or have seen references to GEDCOM on the menus of their programmes.

Family Newsletters by Anne Lehmkuhl

Family newsletters not only bridge the gap between the present and the past, but they also inspire pride in future generations by increasing our awareness of who we are. They help us remember those who came before and understand their pioneering spirits. Your family memories may not exist in a leatherbound book, but they will live within the historical pages of your newsletter.

Louw Pretorius van Rheeboksfontein deur Celestine Pretoruis

Terwyl mev. M.E. PRETORIUS aan haar boek oor die familie PRETORIUS in Suid-Afrika gewerk het, het sy my aandag gevestig op die feit dat die titel van die bekende skildery van Thomas BAINES van die interieur van Louw PRETORIUS se plaaswoning op Rheeboksfontein (1848)2 foutief is. Baines het geskryf dat dit die woning van Louis PRETORIUS is in plaas van Louw PRETORIUS. Wie was Louw Pretorius?


Op 'n Onmeetlikhied: Van Een Eindpunt Na 'n Ander - die Europese agtergrond en geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse Pretorius-familie, deur dr. Francois Johannes Pretorius. Privaat gedruk en uitgegee deur Makro Boeke (Edms) Bpk, (c) Prof Marinus Wiechers, 1997

Things aren’t always what they seem! Gerrit van Wijk (period 1700 - 1800) by Richard Ball

The generally accepted view has been that Gerrit VAN WIJK was the son of Arie VAN WIJK and Cornelia HELMS; that he was three times married, to Elisabeth VIVIER, to Maria PROVO and to Maria Magdalena EEKHOF; that he produced nineteen children between 1723 and 1764. My investigation of the extant church registers, wills, estate accounts and estate inventories has made it plain to me that there were, in fact, two men named Gerrit VAN WIJK, neither of them the son of Arie VAN WIJK and Cornelia HELMS.

Die ou Kaapse familie VAN BREDA

'n Verkorte en vertaalde weergawe van SCHETSEN UIT HET KAAPSE LEVEN van de 18e en 19e eeuw. deur J.H. Verduyn den Boer, 1929

Stoep Talk: Getting to know you

Martin Zöllner, GSSA President Richard Ball, eGSSA (Technical services) Colin Pretorius, eGGSA (Tak Voorsitter) Daan Hamman, eGSSA (Africa & Middle East Representative) Anne Lehmkuhl, eGSSA (Secretary)

Colin’s Corner:

Why genesis?

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