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Today I’m going to share some of my family history research with you. And I’ve chosen my paternal grandfather’s family.
I never knew my granddad as he passed away in 1962, 7 years before I was born.

Die Overberg is ’n interessante entjie landskap; dit strek in die ooste van die Hottentots-Hollandberge tot die Breederivier in die weste, van Kaap Agulhas in die suide tot Riviersonderend in die noorde. Meer interessant en misterieus is die Strandveld tussen die Agulhas ligtoring, Elim sendingstasie, Gansbaai en die Breederivier.


Die oorsprong van die naam Jouberta.
Die naam Jouberta is redelik uniek; hier volg vier foto’s van vier Jouberta’s
Deon en Jouberta Baird [outeur van ons artikel] Jouberta se ma Jouberta Johanna Bosch Gebore Theron
Johanna Jouberta .........


e-GSSA is the virtual or online branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, intended for those who are unable or do not wish to belong to one of the land based branches of the GSSA


VIPs in my family tree
Presentation by Richard Y Ford – West Gauteng branch of the Genealogy Society of South Africa 17 August 2019
My research and documentation of family registers from various ancestors to me was undertaken mainly between the years 2000 and 2005. This work resulted in the publication of my book Necessarily the Hero – The Story of Richard Y Ford in 2001. The aim of my research and the publication of this work were mainly to provide a legacy for my children. The latest revision was completed in November 2018........

In hierdie artikel word julle bekendgestel aan die legendariese drie Peiker-susters van Brandfort. Hulle was die dogters van Julius Peiker, ’n meestermeulenaar wat na die Eerste Wêreldoorlog uit Duitsland na Suid-Afrika geëmigreer het.
Julius Peiker * 7.9.1886 (Pawlowitzke/Gnadenfeld, Silesië).........

En nog baie meer!


If we think about it, we all know people of talent who remain unknown, unproclaimed and unacknowledged all their lives. No doubt you have never heard of Albert Arthur Bisset. I knew him because he was my wife’s father. Born 16th September 1889, he was a descendent of 1820 settler stock, originally the Gardner-Bissets. This means he would have been 130 years old if he were alive.  According to the records in Grahamstown, the Gardner-Bissets were a prominent, respected family which included a magistrate, a judge and senior military persons of rank and standing.


Tydens ’n besoek aan Piet en Adriana Stofberg het sy my hierdie van Zyl-familiebybel gewys wat sy na haar broer se dood gaan haal het, sodat dit nie verlore moet gaan nie. Dit is tans in haar seun se besit. Hy woon in die VSA.

The revamping of the branch libary is reported. It is reported that our members got stuck into our Branch’s library and overhauled it. It is a massive task and so far it necessitated two Saturday’s of hard dedicated work. They worked and also stopped to have something to eat and the chat [I venture a guess what they were chatting about? Probably what to do next!!!]

Naamgewing in vervloë se dae - Johan Lourens. Cornelia Rebellina Maritz Greyvenstein gebore 1914 en getroud met Jacobus Coenraad Lourens. Waar die hart van vol is, volg naamgewing. Daar was jare dat naamgewing van kinders 'n hoogs sensitiewe aangeleenheid was – wel vandag miskien nog so hier en daar. 'n Ongeskrewe kode het bestaan en wee die mens wat daarvan afwyk. Vandag kry kinders net name, en selde familiename. Lees verder

Lees oor die ontdekking wat gedoen is tov die Langklaagte Begraafplaas. Na ons onlangse besoek aan die Langlaagte- begraafplaas (tussen die spoorlyne) was ek baie nuuskierig oor die geskiedenis en ontstaan van die begraafplaas. Ek, Neels Coertse & Willie Botha [‘n gemeenskaplike vriend] wat vir ons die presiese plek gaan uitwys het, het 30 Desember 2015 na Langlaagte gery en foto’s daar geneem. Dis werklikwaar tussen die treinspore ingewig hoewel die eenkant van die spoorlyn in baie jare nie gebruik was nie.

The young Anna Maria van Rooyen was killed in a train accident on 1 January 1924. The 23 year old was on her way back after accompanying a psychiatric patient to Pretoria. Read how she died in the course of carrying out her duties.

You are encouraged to use our library to do your research. The contents are very valuable. We are in the process of obtaining insurance for it. We thank all of you who not only use it, but make contributions towards the contents.

Read in this edition: This month we have a rather mixed bag of articles which I find very intriguing and fascinating. I trust that you will agree with me. Francois Greeff, all the way from London sent me his article THE REPUBLICS SOUTH OF THE LIMPOPO during 2015 although he wrote it already during 2006. It was only recently that it took on a different meaning especially after Lucas Rinken’s article AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW HISTORICALLY CORRECT PLACE NAMES was published in the March 2017 DIE DELWER/THE DIGGER. Lucas’s article attracted a lot of attention; I do hope that Francois’ article will likewise attract a lot of attention. 2 Following on Francois’ is Hennie Van Aswegen’s B3C8D1E1 JAN DANIEL KRIGE (E-SAGI 747355). I want to congratulate Hennie with his article [FAMILIA Volume 52-2017 at page 53] that was published in FAMILIA. and more.....

Stamboom van Anthonius van Rooyen Die Van Rooyens van Clanwilliam·Calvinia·Brandvlei·Kenhardt·Grootrivier 1830-2016 Redaksie Engela van Rooyen (verhalende dele en b1c6); JC Malan (b1c2); Martie du Toit (Argivale navorsing) Die volle manuskrip op CD is by eGGSA se winkel te koop. Hierdie dokumente bevat net die omvattende stamboom soos op datum, Mei 2017

WEST GAUTENG’S STORY ABOUT THEIRCEMETERY PROJECT The object of this story is definitely not to show you gangsters headstones in South Africa. We can, however, if we really want to, compile such a list and start off with Demitri Tsafendas, you remember him? He killed Dr H.F. Verwoerd] who is buried in Sterkfontein. Our branch’s leader for the GSSA cemetery project is Giel Nel. He is at the helm for a number of years already. Just a few members of our branch go quite regularly to Sterkfontein to take photographs of the gravestones. Yes, we can do with more members and public who want to help. There are more than 40’000 gravestones to photograph. And more.......

We have on occasion mentioned that we should be exposed to other people’s histories for instance Jewish and Indian stories. Well, here is a story of a survivor of the massacre in Rwanda during 1994. I recall very vividly how a friend and I sat in an ambassador’s office in Pretoria during the latter half of April 1994 and him showing us telex reports and colour photographs of killings in Roman Catholic Churches in Rwanda. And now our next story.

This issue of the newsletter is dedicated to tle legacy of Baroness Margaret Thatcher

This newsletter is packed with news and photos of our activities the past 3 months. We continue to introduce other branches to our readers. Also: see the list with latest additions to our library

Nederlandse Wortels -praatjie oor Nederland as stamland by GGSA Wes-Gautengtak 12 April 2014, deur Dr Rentia Landman; â€˜n Voltooide kwartierstaat van SCHULENBURG en ‘n onvoltooide voorbeeld. Hennie en sy eggenote Marié het hierdie pragtige voorbeelde self geskep. 

Read the remarkable story of Lucas Rinken with his huge achievement of updating E-SAGI  to 750 000 names on 11 December 2014!  Lucas started 1997 with this database primarily to proof that the late General Christiaan De Wet is related to him and he never quitted and it evolved to this huge compilation of 750 000 names.
Lees ook die Vestigingspatrone van die vroeë Lourense [1700 - C.1900] in die Kaapprovinsie

Lees die verslag oor Wes-Gauteng se finale byeenkoms van 2016
One of our West Gauteng Members of the GSSA, General [retired] Colin Steyn gave me a photocopy of this article that was published in SERVAMUS Community-based Safety & Security Magazine December 2016. After reading it, I decided that it is worthwhile to publish it in our magazine DIE DELWER/THE DIGGER.Daan Pieterse van ons Wes Gauteng Tak en vriende was met vakansie in Magoebaskloof en het heerlik rondgery en ‘n goeie ervaring beleef. Hy het nie net aan hom en sy eie genietinge gedink nie, maar ook aan DIE DELWER/THE DIGGER. Terwyl hy as toeris daar rondgery het, het hy hierdie storie vir ons geskryf en foto’s geneem.

Lees in die uitgawe 'n fotoverslag van die huwelik van twee gesiene lede van die tak, Kriek en Alta Fourie se dogter, Shanetelle met Nico de Klerk. 'n Interessante artikel gee insig in die problematiek met die opspoor van foto'van ou China. Dan volg 'n lewendige briefskrywery oor die inhoud van die Wes-Gauteng se nuusbrief.

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