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Die Delwer The Digger April 2017
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 08-07-2019

Lees in hierdie uitgawe alles oor die besoek van die tak aan Lindfield Museum in Aucklandpark,

Die Delwer The Digger Maart 2017
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 08-07-2019

Read in this Newsletter An attempt to show historically correct place names – by Lucas Rinken The West Gauten Branch’s Cd, e-Sagi containing over 900 000 names were selling all over the world and I knew that many users, particularly overseas, were not familiar with South African history and the changes this created in the Republics and Colonies which became Provinces of the Union, and later, Republic of South Africa. I then attempted to use place names pertaining to the historical timeframe involved. At first, this was just hit and miss as I thought was the case, but gradually I realised that more research was necessary in order to ensure that I was not misleading users. RICHARD HARPER & SOPHIA LILLYWHITE [Richard Wolfaardt’s ancestral line – abreviated] tells .........

Die DELWER The DIGGER Nuusbrief November 2016
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 08-07-2019

Lees in hierdie uitgawe van The Digger/Die Delwer: Neels Coertse se Vrugtekoek Storie; Richardt Wolfaardt en die Appelkose; Robyn Templeton se artikel "Lest we Forget" or have we forgotten en die Skilderytjie deur Jan Lourens.

Die Delwer The Digger Desember 2017
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 08-07-2019

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

Die Delwer The Digger Mei 2018
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 08-07-2019

Read all about the team effort by the Vaal Triangle Branch's photographic expedition to the Sasolburg Cemetery

Die DelwerThe Digger Junie 2018
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 08-07-2019

The Rand Easter Show by Jack Jordan The show was first held at the Old Wanderers cricket ground in November 1894 by the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society, a society that had formed in March of the same year. The second show was opened by Paul Kruger on 13 March 1895, at a venue called Milner Park, which is today the site of the University of the Witwatersrand’s West Campus. It was held again in 1896 and re-established subsequent to the end of the Anglo Boer War, in 1907. In 1936, the Rand Show was called the Empire Exhibition. In the early days, getting there involved a tram ride to Vrededorp, known as “Fietas”, then a bus from Vrededorp to Milpark. The origin of the name Fietas is lost in the mists of time but is assumed to be a name given by the Malays who were a part of the very cosmopolitan community that occupied Vrededorp before the days of segregation and relocation. One of the first tasks was to collect some heavy-duty paper carry-bags with string handles, not the eco unfriendly plastic of today, these were handed out free for the purpose of storing and carrying the samples and brochures that were lavishly dished out. This included items like sugar rice, condensed milk, cereals, washing powder, soap and many others. As a family you could garner a week’s grocery supply at the show. What halcyon days. My Oupa Liebenberg, gebore in 1889, ook bekend as Blink Koos deur Johannes Bosch Maar dis nog nie die eintlike wynstorie nie. Ek was nie by nie, toe hy vir my oupa van daardie kosbare voggies aangebied het nie, maar Herman het later 'n artikel daaroor in 'n Kaapse koerant geskryf. Herman skryf dat hierdie bejaarde man van die Vrystaat – hy het nie name genoem nie – aangestap kom waar hy en sy vrinde 'n glasie Kaapse voggies geniet. Hierdie besoeker is die bruidegom se oupa en dus 'n belangrike gas. En as gasvrye Kapenaar wat sy maniere ken, bied hy vir die man van die Vlaktes 'n glasie wyn aan. Hy en sy makkers glimlag wetend vir mekaar en staar aandagtig om te hoor wat die besoeker van hierdie kosbare wyn wat net die Kaap kan bied, dink. Herman skryf dat die man sommer 'n goeie mondvol gevat het. Maar voordat die wyn mooi in sy mond was, spoeg hy dit met so 'n straal uit!! En voor die wyn nog grondvat, roep hy uit "Here broer, dis suur"! Herman sê hy het sy les geleer om versigtig vir mense van noord van die berge 'n goeie droëwyn aan te bied – En dis 'n ware storie!

Die DELWER The DIGGER Nuusbrief Julie 2016
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 08-07-2019

In hierdie uitgawe kan u kennis maak met Lucas Rinken en sy nuwe bruid.

Die DELWER The DIGGER Nuusbrief Oktober 2016
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 08-07-2019

Lees die aanbieding by die Wes-Gautengtak. LM & MARIANA DU PLESSIS : BETROKKENHEID BY DIE DORSLANDTREK-VERENIGING:Weens die beperkte spasie beskikbaar, is dit onmoontlik om reg aan die geskiedenis te laat geskied. As ‘n gebore (1945) Suidwester, het ek al die jare ‘n belangstelling in geskiedenis gehad. In Augustus 2003 en 2008 het ek byeenkomste as ‘n nasaat van die Dorslandtrekkers se feesvieringe by Swartbooisdrift in Kaokoland bygewoon. In 2008 het ek van daar ook Angola besoek, om te kyk waar my ouers gebore is. In my soeke na my wortels, het ek 8000 kilometers gery! Dit het verdere belangstelling by my gewek, en so het ek my familie-navorsing begin.

Die Delwer The Digger Mei 2017
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 08-07-2019

Die storie oor Johannes Petrus Theron begin reeds in Nimes, LanguedocFrankryk waar die stamvader, Jacques Therond uit sy vaderland as 'n Hugenootvlug. Hy reis deur Switserland, Duitsland en kom in Middelburg in Seeland (Nederland) aan. Hy vertrek op die seilboot Oosterlandt waar hy 'n soldaat op die skip is en stap in 1688 in die Kaap aan wal. Op 31.05.1688 word hy 'n landsburger asook eienaar van die plaas Languedoc in die Drakenstein. In 1697 trou hy met Marie Jean Des Pres. Lees verder.

Die Delwer The Digger Augustus 2017
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At our last council meeting on Saturday 26 August 2017 our very able librarian Marie De Lange gave an original FAMILIA’s published during 1964/65. I asked her what shall I do with this lot? She looked at me and told me to read it. In the 1964/65 No 3 edition I found this delightful article by the historian Geo. M. Theal that was first published some 123 years [1894] ago. Then the thought struck me to re-publish it for the benefit of my readers.

Die Delwer / The Digger August 2019
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 08-01-2019

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........

DIE LEGENDARIESE DRIE PEIKER-SUSTERS VAN BRANDFORT
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).........

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Die Delwer / The Digger July 2019
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 07-08-2019

ALBERT ARTHUR BISSET

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.

VAN ZYL-FAMILIEBYBEL

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.
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Die Delwer / The Digger June 2019
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 06-02-2019

  1. CONFIRMING HISTORY FROM A GENEALOGICAL DATABASE

From the labels shown here, can be seen that this noble port is a wine of Paul and Hugo de Villiers and that Landskroon was established in 1692 and has been in the de Villiers family for 5 generations!

I read all this with interest while enjoying the wine but never really thought about what this meant.

And THEN by chance, when adding further de Villiers family members into e-SAGI (The Electronic South African Genealogical Index), I happened to see the notes applicable to, Pierre de Villiers, the third son of one of the de Villiers Progenitors.

His father, also Pierre was a French Huguenot who arrived at the Cape onboard the 'Zion' on the 6th May, 1689, with his two brothers Abraham and Jacob. Abraham had only daughters so Pierre and Jacob are the progenitors of the De Villiers family of South Africa

  1. Baird in Norvalspont Konsentrasiekamp

ʼn Hele klomp jare gelede besoek ons familie die Norvalspont konsentrasie- kamp aangesien ek baie in die geskiedenis van die twee Anglo Boere oorloë belang stel. Die kamp is in November 1900 opgerig om verligting vir die Bloemfontein konsentrasiekamp, wat ʼn watertekort beleef het, te bring. Die eerste kampkommandant was Luitenant St. John Cole Bowen. Die konsentrasiekamp was in die Kaap Kolonie geleë maar was deel van die Oranje Rivier Kolonie konsentrasie kamp kompleks. Afrikaner vroue en kinders is oorspronklik hier gehuisves. In Februarie 1902 het die kamp 3479 inwoners gehuisves. ʼn Skool is teen einde Julie 1901 vir omtrent 500 kinders geopen. ʼn Maselsepidemie het in die kamp uitgebreek. Baie inwoners het as gevolg hiervan asook van skarlaken- en ingewandskoors gesterf. In ʼn periode van ses maande vanaf Januarie tot Julie 1901 het 412 mense gesterf.

ʼn Gedenkteken is in die plaaslike begraafplaas ter ere van die persone wat in die kamp gesterf het, opgerig. Groot was my verbasing toe ek die naam van Anna Maria Baird op die gedenkteken sien. Ek was onbewus van die feit dat enige van my Baird-voorgeslagte by die ABO betrokke was

Die Delwer /The Digger May 2019
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 05-01-2019

In this edition you will read something about John Robert Dunn – a European who became a Zulu Chief. This is a story on how one can be side tracked, as it were, doing research. It is like reading a Dictionary, you force yourself not to go too far and widely off the track. It is, however, worthwhile.

Another story is about the intersect between modern day DNA and old-fashioned genealogy and how to solve a murder that happened 36 years ago!