Saturday 29 September 2007

INTERNET ACCESS ONLY 7,6%

Only 7,6% of South African adults accessed the internet at least monthly in 2007, up from 6,5% in 2006. (All Media and Products Survey (AMPS), 2007.) The implications for genealogists speaks for itself. -- From: Fact A Day

Thursday 27 September 2007

WHERE WILL IT GO TO?

Every so often the "genealogical clause" to add to your will makes the rounds on the internet. While such an addendum that specifies where your genealogical materials are to be placed is not a bad idea, there are several things worth remembering:

  • Libraries, archives, and historical collections find space to be at a premium. It costs money to property store and maintain collections. Unorganized material, stacks of photocopies, undocumented family group charts are not highly desireable and just because your will says "give it to the blah blah library" does not mean blah blah library has to take it. Of course, if you leave a sizeable donation to blah blah library that might increase the chances they take it.
  • Frankly, the attorney and your executor might not care too much what happens to your "stack of papers" and filing cabinets. They will be concerned about real assets, money and any personal items of value and personal items that family members squabble over. Even if your will says your papers are to be donated somewhere, they may end up being donated to the local dump.
But my will says that "thus and so" should happen to my papers. To be honest, once your will is being probated, you are dead. You have no control.

What to do?

Work on preserving your information NOW. Work on sharing your information NOW.

Write a documented biography of one ancestor and submit it to a local genealogical society newsletter for publication. Write up a set of parents and their children, documenting every fact, relationship, and date you can using reasonable standards of documentation. Submit that for publication in a local newsletter or quarterly. Most of these county publications go begging for material to publish and this way you have at least preserved SOMETHING even if writing the WHOLE BOOK proves to be a larger task than you can accomplish.

And remember. Most of these genealogical society publications go to quite a few libraries and may even end up being microfilmed. This way you have preserved part of your information. There are other ways to preserve your information to be certain.

The key is to actively work on preservation BEFORE you leave this life. Don't wait on someone else to do it for you after you are gone. -- By Michael John Neill on Rootdig.com.

Also refer to:

A GENEALOGICAL CODICIL TO MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT


Wednesday 26 September 2007

A N C E S T O R S

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud-of them, or not,
Or don't you really know.?
Some strange discoveries are made
in climbing family trees
And some of them, you know, do not
Particularly please

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row
There might be some of them, perhaps,
You would't care to know.
But there's another question, which
requires a different view ...
If you could meet your ancestors -
would they be proud of you?

-- Anonymous.

From: Durban and Coastal Branch, Genealogical Society of South Africa, Newsletter, December, 1992. Vol. 7 No. 4, p7.

Friday 21 September 2007

DIE NUWE AANGESIG VAN BEGRAAFPLASE IN SUID-AFRIKA

Onderstaande twee berigte het op 16 September 2007 in Rapport verskyn. Die opskrifte is seker nie van die aangenaamste nie, maar die inhoud het plek-plek ontstellende implikasies vir genealoë en familiegeskiedskrywers vorentoe.
Die berigte word geplaas met die toestemming van Rapport.


LYKE "GEKRIMP" VIR MEER PLEK

Suid-Afrika se begraafplase is tot oorlopens toe vol.

Dié wat wel nog plek het, is onder geweldige druk, terwyl bestaande grafte ’n geruime tyd al hergebruik word. Met byna ’n miljoen sterftes per jaar gaan die situasie eerder versleg.

Veldtogte om veral verassings onder swart mense te bevorder, was nie suksesvol nie.

Dié probleem is op die pas afgelope Nasionale Kongres oor Begraafplase en Krematoria in Durban bespreek. Mnr. Pepe Dass, voorsitter van die kongres, sê daar is landwyd ’n grondnood vir begraafplase. In Durban is 80% van alle begraafplase vol, terwyl daar in Johannesburg tot 23 000 begrafnisse per jaar gehou word.

“Die aantal sterftes het die afgelope vyf jaar byna verdubbel. In 2006 het sowat 934 000 mense landwyd gesterf. Onder hulle was
46 725 onbekendes wat in sogenaamde armmansgrafte begrawe is.”

As al dié mense op die tradisionele manier begrawe moes word, sou sowat 518 ha grond gebruik gewees het.

Volgens Dass word grafte in die eThekwini-streek (Durban) al van 2000 af “hergebruik”. Vir dié hergebruik word die oorskot in ’n bestaande graf opgegrawe en in ’n sak in ’n hoekie van dié graf herbegrawe.

“Die bodem van die graf word dan weer gelykgemaak en siedaar, daar is plek vir ’n nuwe kis. Of die oorskot word veras en die graf kan weer gebruik word. Dan kan die oorskot ook elders in dié begraafplaas of ’n ander herbegrawe word.”

Dass sê dié gebruike is wettig en in ooreenstemming met die bepalings van die Wet op Begraafplase en Krematoria van 1996.

Volgens Dass probeer hulle al van 1998 af met ’n bewusmakingsveldtog onder veral swart mense die hergebruik van grafte en verassing aanmoedig.

“Die meeste is glad nie te vinde vir die herwinningsidee nie. Die probleem is dat dit teen hul kultuur indruis. Hulle wil nuwe grafte hê.”

Tog is sowat 5 000 mense in Umlazi tussen 2000 en 2005 in hergebruikte grafte begrawe.

“In Durban laat net sowat vyf swart families per week hul geliefdes veras – teenoor byna 600 mense wat weekliks in dié stad begrawe word.”

Histories wit begraafplase kom toenemend onder druk en baie mense wil glo nou daar begrawe word. “Dié plekke is egter nie vir ’n skielike toestroming beplan nie en die meeste is nou vol.”

Benewens verassing en tradisionele begrafnisse is daar nou ’n nuwe, omgewingsvriendelike metode wat behels dat ’n lyk met vloeibare stikstof gevriesdroog word en ultrasonies versplinter word. Die liggaam word só gereduseer tot net 30% van die oorspronklike gewig. Enkele lykbesorgers in Europa gebruik dié metode al.

Die oorskot word dan in ’n bioafbreekbare kissie geplaas en begrawe. “Dit neem baie min plek op en vergaan byna soos kompos. Slegs ’n klein, plat steen word op die graf geplaas,” verduidelik Dass. “Ons meen dit is hoe begraafplase in die toekoms daar gaan lyk.”

DUUR LAASTE RUSPLEK DALK JOU VOORLAND

Regstellende aksie, korrupsie en vigs is van die oorsake vir die land se begraafplaaskrisis.

Begrafnisondernemers is erg bekommerd oor swak munisipale bestuur, onvoldoende beplanning en ’n hoë sterftesyfer weens vigsverwante siektes wat begraafplase in dié krisis dompel.

Volgens mnr. Martin Piek, besturende direkteur van Martins-begrafnisdienste, gaan die tekort aan plek om mense te begrawe, die verwaarlosing en die toenemende misdaadvoorvalle by dié plekke verassings dalk laat toeneem.

Maar, meen hy, dit kan ook tot ’n toename in private begraafplase lei, wat uiteindelik net deur die rykes bekostig sal kan word.

Vier private begraafplase bestaan al in Johannesburg en een in Kaapstad.

’n Graf in dié begraafplase jaag ’n mens ’n aansienlike bedrag uit die sak.“ ’n Graf daar kan jou maklik tot R3 000 uit die sak jaag. En dan is die begrafnisondernemer se koste nie bygereken nie,” sê Piek.

Hy meen heelwat probleme het ná 1994 begin toe regstellende aksie ook by die bestuur van begraafplase toegepas is.

“Mense wat voorheen grafgrawers en tuiniers was, is in sommige gevalle nou in bestuursposte. Die gevolg is chaotiese bestuur en byna geen beplanning vir die toekoms nie. Baie begraafplase is deesdae ook gevaarlik,” sê Piek.

“Heelwat besoekers en begrafnisondernemers is al daar beroof. ’n Voertuig en al ons toerusting is tydens voorbereidings vir ’n begrafnis gesteel. Wanneer jy die bestuur van die betrokke munisipaliteit daaroor nader, haal hulle net hul skouers op.”

Nog ’n begrafnisondernemer, mnr. Deon Koekemoer van Randfontein, sê die sterftes onder onwettige immigrante dra ook by tot die min plek in begraafplase.

Monday 17 September 2007

ANCESTORS FROM THE NETHERLANDS? USEFUL INFORMATION HERE

If you have ancestors who emigrated from the Netherlands there is a lot of useful advice and information in the genealogy section of the goDutch.com website, including -- The Basics: A Guide Articles about Genealogy ...

Below are quotes from a few articles:

  • Genealogy is the basic part of family history. It gives you the names, dates and places. Family history fills out the genealogy.
  • Even though genealogy is a hobby for me, I have also incorporated it into my job, teaching. As part of my Grade 11 French course I have the students research their family roots. They have to do at least four generations beyond themselves.
  • It was through a 50th wedding anniversary notice that I was able to find where my mother-in-law's maternal grandparents lived and died. From there I was able to trace those particular families back another one hundred years.
  • At all times make sure you keep track of the source of your information. If someone (or you yourself) ever want to check the information you will have to know from where it came. Your final information should be kept on proper forms. The information can then be easily photocopied and sent to others who are interested in your family history.
  • ... ask at the nearest Family History Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, also known as the Mormon Church). Call the local LDS church to see where the closest Family History Centre is located.
  • There is one other very important organization in the Netherlands, the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (CBvG), which forms part of a genealogical/archive complex in the Hague (Postbus 11755, 2502 AT The Hague). This government subsidized organization was established in 1945 to help and advise in genealogical research and to do limited research. For a fee they will do limited research for you.
  • When you go back before 1812, you have to know what the religion was of your ancestor. The major churches were the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (after 1815 known as the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, NHK), the Remonstrantse Broederschap, the Doopsgezinde Kerk (Mennonite) and the Rooms Katholieke Kerk (RK). In the large centres one could also find various other churches, English and Scottish, Jewish, Walloon (French) and Lutheran.
  • The best way to record a date is as I have done above - 25 January 1750 (or 25 Jan 1750 -- blog aministrator) . A date such as 12-11-1749 is not very clear. To an European this means 12 November 1749. To most North Americans this date means December 11, 1749.
  • A patronymic name means that you have your given name as your first name and your father's given name as your last name, usually with a form of the letter "s" attached, for example, in my case I would be Anthony Jacobs, Anthony my given name, Jacob my father's given name. Jacobs also can appear as Jacobssen, Jacobse, Jacobszn (zn being the short form in Dutch for son), etc. I have seen some cases where three or four of these names have been strung together thereby giving you three or four generations on the father's side.
  • Napoleon also had a major effect on genealogy in the Netherlands. In 1806 Napoleon had a law passed that people in the Netherlands had to adopt a last name (family name). In this way he could keep better track of his citizens. Name adoption (naamsaanneming) records start in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg in 1808. Elsewhere name adoption records commence in 1811 or 1812. Some others were as late as 1825.
  • In 1812 my wife's forebear Reinder Jochems adopted the surname, Neef, for all his children - Jochem, Jan, Berend and Wobbigje. Wobbigje, Berend and Jochem's children (Jochem had died in 1806) took on the name Neef. Jan had taken on the name Hoornstra (he lived in a different county). However, by the time 1815 arrived Jochem's children had changed their last name to Vos or de Vos. How confusing!
  • Additionally, fires, floods and hostilities are responsible for many records having been lost over the centuries. You will usually find that the minister or clerk responsible for keeping the records will make a note in the register that certain years are missing due to floods, war, etc. Sometimes you will find that a clerk put the records in a safe place and then later couldn't remember where he had put them. Sometimes the records were stolen.
  • For the family historian the wills and land transactions give us an excellent insight into our forebear's life.
  • If one of the parents was seriously ill, they had a guardian (or guardians) appointed to make sure the other spouse looked after the child/children. In these records you often find the ages of the children. The other important thing about these records is that brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and sometimes grandparents were named.
  • If a grandfather's name had not yet been used and a daughter was born, the daughter was given a masculine name with a feminine ending - for example Jacoba (Jacob, Jacobus), Teuntje (Teunis), Jantje (Jan) and Adriaantje (Adriaan).
  • I would suggest that you engage a researcher at the Mormon depository in Salt Lake City to do your work if it is not too involved.
  • A good guide for research in Switzerland and Germany is Angus Baxter's book "In Search of your European Roots". This book is also an excellent guide to research in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
  • As well as the internet there is e-mail. E-mail makes a quick exchange of information possible. Through e-mail and the internet many connections can be made with family previously not known.

Wednesday 12 September 2007

WHAT IS "FILE DESTROYED: REGULATION 64"?

  • QUESTION: I was looking on the SA Archives and found a divorce for James Matthew KOTZE (mother, Jacoba Johanna CHURCH x Kenneth van Breda KOTZE) and Gesina Cornelia. The instruction says "file destroyed by regulation 64 of the Supreme Court". Could someone possibly explain the meaning of this? -- Dorothy via Buitenposten.
  • ANSWER: I have found these remarks on quite a few divorce files whilst working through all the SCOTT and Mc DONALD divorces in the Pretoria Archives. When a party sues his/her spouse for a divorce the first step by the Court is to issue an order for "Restitution of Conjugal Rights" -- that is, return to your spouse and continue with the marital relationship before a given date. If that order is not complied with, the court can then grant a final divorce order. If the matter is amicably settled somewhere along the line before either an "Order for Restitution of Conjugal Rights" or a "Final Divorce Order" is granted by the court, the parties might agree to withdraw the matter from court and could apply that the records be destroyed in terms of Regulation 64. Then no one will know the "gory" details of the divorce action and the declarations made by the respective parties. -- Dennis Pretorius, Krugersdorp, Executive Member of GSSA, Owner of SAGenealogy e-mail list, via Buitenposten and SAGen.
In an ensuing debate the following was said:
  • I had a look at my grandparents' divorce of 1919. My dad was quite young then. It gave me an insight into a lot of what went on in our family. I think it is a good thing if these documents are destroyed. I'm sure my grandparents would be horrified that their private lives are accessible to view to later generations. – Fay Lea.
  • The danger is what one person calls "part of their private lives". Others would see it as deserving public display. For example, many might see a Baptism record as part of their private life, especially some of the early entries in the St Paul's Register which talks of "the illegitimate son of ..." or "so-and-so is the reputed father", but if we destroyed those records where would we be? – Derek Pratt.
  • Why be ashamed of the past. It adds flesh to the bones that we find. My gg-parents were married Wilson and when they came to SA, Wilson-Buchanan. By so doing I haven’t been able to find his birth date or why the name change. And so what if there is a love child or two? Does not this still happen in our lives today. -- Mary Shearar.
  • You are quite right, Derek, in the case of information that concerned others. I was really referring to the acrimonious infighting part of the document, which does not really give any info about anyone else. (And wow was there some!) There was no useful information there, but then again who is to be the judge? Certainly not if one is in any way emotionally involved. – Fay Lea.
  • Back in 1876 a very ugly divorce between my g-grandparents was reported in the newspaper and a cutting came with all the other court papers. The newspaper was very enlightening and gave an account of the cross examination. He was a regular ... (words fail me) who deserted wife and family, embezzled and defrauded his employer, skipped the country and landed in an Australian jail for four years. After nine years he came back and accused her of adultery. The judge's final verdict was that her plea of cruelty and desertion was not enough of a defence and he granted the divorce to my g-grandpa. Now how could I have learned all that but for the file? I might have gone on believing a quite different picture of the man his granddaughter said was a "charming ne'er do well". Newspapers now no longer print the details of a divorce. And if files are destroyed, one can miss so much of the story. That's the real flesh and blood. -- Patricia.
  • Thankfully these files do exist and many secrets do get uncovered. I know from scratching in my families past there are all sorts of "histories" handed down that were twisted and changed from the truth. Not sure why ... maybe to fit with the times and politics. I know my grandmother would never discuss her divorce as it was supposedly "a big shame" and so a big chunk of her life was a secret. If it wasn't for the files in the archives I wouldn't have been able to trace aunts. --Lynn

Monday 10 September 2007

Rugby-genealogie

Boetman loop nou anderdag deur 'n begraafplaas en kom af op grafsteen waarop staan: "Hier lê 'n skeidsregter en 'n opregte, eerbare man."

Ek dink toe so by myself: Snaaks dat hulle twee mense in een graf gesit het. -- SportRapport, 9 September 2007.

Saturday 08 September 2007

TAKBESTUUR BEOOG WERKWINKELS

Die Wes-Gautengtak van die GGSA gaan van November 2007 sprekers by maandbyeenkomste met werkwinkels vir sy lede afwissel. Die doel hiervan is dat lede genealogiese kennis en inligting met mekaar deel. Vrae en antwoorde – hoe elementêr ookal – sal ‘n belangrike deel van hierdie sessies uitmaak.

Dít was een van die besluite wat die takbestuur op sy jongste vergadering op 1 September 2007 geneem het.

Van die motiverings vir hierdie soort byeenkoms is dat beter wisselwerking tussen lede bewerkstellig word en dat hulle meer toeganklik tot hulpverlening moet wees. Die tak het tans 82 lede. Kollektief het hulle baie genealogiese kennis en data om uit te ruil.

Een van die eerste vrae wat 'n belangstellende gewoonlik vra, is: "Hoe begin 'n mens?" Sodaniges sal hieroor riglyne kry.

Hierdie byeenkomste sal vir die publiek oop wees.

Dagboek solank die eerste byeenkoms van dié aard: Saterdag, 17 November 2007 om 14:00. Meer besonderhede sal mettertyd gegee word.

Ander besluite wat die bestuur geneem het, is:

  • Bob Saunders (right) was co-opted as a member of the committee. Bob joined the Branch about two years ago and started attending meetings about 14 months ago. He is currently researching the following families: SAUNDERS, JONES, LESTER, LAWSON, RAMPLING, LANDMAN.
  • Die tak se nuwe biblioteek sal op 8 September 2007 by die NG Kerk, Ontdekkerskruin, Philipslaan, Ontdekkers, Roodepoort ingerig word. Die bibliotekaresse, Louise Dick, sal ‘n beleidsdokument opstel oor die werking van die biblioteek.
  • Nuusbriewe aan taklede en “vriende van die tak” sal voortaan heelwat korter wees, omdat die tak se webtuiste artikels ondervang. Altesame 67 van die 82 lede het internettoegang. Eersgoemde sal die nuusbrief per e-pos ontvang en die oorblywende 15 per faks of pos ontvang. Die nuusbrief sal bestaan uit: die verwelkoming van nuwe lede, kennisgewing van opkomende vergaderings en verslagdoening oor vergaderings.
  • Persone wat belangstelling in lidmaatskap van die tak toon, sal vir ‘n tydperk van drie maande as “vriende van die tak” geag word. Vir hierdie tydperk sal hulle nuusbriewe ontvang.
Ander nuus is:

  • Die Elektroniese Genealogiese Indeks (e-SAGI) bestaan nou uit 346 000 rekords. ‘n Verdere 21 500 sal rekords binnekort bygevoeg word. Hierdie indeks is op CD teen R120 beskibaar. Dit het al menige "familie-soeker" se soektog beëindig.
  • Japie Bosch sal aanstaande jaar verhuis en nie meer as 'n komiteelid beskikbaar wees nie. Hy sal nietemin voortgaan om die webtuiste vir die tak te hanteer.

INTERESSANTHEDE UIT DIE e-SAGI (6)

FAURE: ‘n Familie van Predikante

Deur Lucas Rinken

Die Murrays en die Louws is bekend vir die predikante in hul geledere. So ook die FAURE-familie.

e-SAGI se data gaan met hierdie van terug tot by Philibert FAURE, gebore in omtrent 1530. Hy het vroeg in die 16de eeu gewoon in Bourg-en-Presse waar sy voorsate reeds vir twee eeue gewoon het. Sy seun, Antoine, Knight-Baron FAURE is in1556 daar gebore en is in 1624 in Chambery oorlede. Hy was in 1610 President van die Hooggeregshof in Chambery. Dis duidelik ‘n adelike familie. Sy vrou was Benoite, “Countess” de VANGELAS. Hy het nie minder nie as 16 seuns gehad. Ons weet van drie.

Een van hulle, Franciscus, was ‘n vriend van Kardinaal Richelieu -- die eerste kerklike verbintenis.

Die tweede seun Phillipe, gebore in 1608 was vervolg, omdat hy die Hervormde Geloof aangeneem het. Hy was lank opgesluit in die vesting in Grenoble. Nadat hy vrygelaat is, het hy na Switzerland gevlug en van daar na Holland -- nog ‘n kerklike verbintenis.

Laasgenoemde se seun, Pierre, gebore in Januarie 1636, het op 1 Augustus 1663 in Courthézon, Prinsdom Oranje, met Justina Pointy getrou. Hy was drie maal getroud. Ons lees in Familia, 1982, No 2, p 44: “Met sy tweede troue weier "de heer Deydier te Jonquiéries" aanvanklik om "de deur van de kerk te openen", aangesien die huwelik binne skaars 'n aderhalf maand ná sy eerste vrou se dood plaasvind. Hy het as koopman die dag ná sy troue, 2 Augustus 1683, gekwalifiseer.

Met die herroeping van die Edik van Nantes in 1685 is die Protestante kerke in Orange waar hy gebly het, gesluit. Hy het tot in 1686 daar gebly tot die doop van sy seun Antoine, in Maart geregistreer is. In Mei was hy nog as koopman gelys. Daarna het hy uit Orange na Holland, soos vele ander, gevlug. Hy het later in Orbe, Switzerland gaan woon.

Sy oudste seun het tydens die geloofsvervolging in 1685 verdwyn.

Dis Pierre se tweede seun, Antoine Alexander FAURE, wat die stamvader van die FAUREs in Suid Afrika is. Hy is op 2 Februarie1685 gebore en het op 25 Julie 1736 in Stellenbosch gesterf. Hy het op 30 Augustus 1716 met Rachel de Villiers, dogter van Abraham de VILLIERS (a2) en Susanna Gardiol, getrou.

Antoine se eerste seun, Abraham, gebore op 17 Augustus 1717 in Stellenbosch, was sekretaris en ouderling van die kerk in Stellenbosch. Hy het op 29 Augustus 1756 in Stellenbosch met Anna Maria WIUM getrou.

Abraham se seun, Jacobus Christiaan FAURE, gebore op 28 Julie 1769 in Stellenbosch, is die een wat ons aandag verg. e-SAGI se notas lui: “Jacobus was 'n welgestelde boer van die plaas Vergenoegd aan die oewer van die Eersterivier , waar 'n mooi woonhuis, deur hom gebou, nog in besit van die FAUREs is. Hy was 'n ouderling van die NG Kerk, Stellenbosch. Sy plaas was 14 morg groot en was met 45 000 wynstokke beplant. Hy het ook koringlande bewerk.

Jacobus en Anna was die ouers van twee van die edelste en trouste leraars in diens van die NG.Kerk, nl. dr. Abraham FAURE en ds. PE FAURE”.

Notas oor dr. Abraham FAURE lees: “Abraham was die invloedrykste man in die kerk in sy tyd. In sy jong dae is hy deur die kerkvaders as die vurige jong Timotius beskryf. Hy het in Gosport (ligging onbekend) sy voorbereidende onderwys geniet. Vandaar is hy na Utrecht, Holland om in die teologie te studeer. In 1818 het het teruggekom en leraar van Graaff-Reinet geword. In dieselfde het hy 'n brief aan Graaf Bathurst (Staatsekretaris) geskryf. Daarin het hy voorgestel dat 'n seminarie vir die opleiding van predikante gestig word. In 1822 het hy ds. Fleck in die Kaap opgevolg. In 1824 het hy die eerste kerkie vir slawe in Stellenboschgeopen. Hy was 'n baie vername en bedrywige predikant en het by talle geleenthede as spreker of prediker opgetree.”

In 'n artikel in Die Voorligter van April 1983 het prof. PB van der Watt geskryf: "Sy invloed moet enersyds toegeskryf word aan die krag van sy persoonlikheid en andersyds aan sy veelsydige kontakte met die tyd waarin hy gelewe het. Kort van gestalte, met lewendige donker oë onder dik wenkbrone, was hy 'n vorse persoonlikheid. Hy het inderdaad so vertoon agter die moderatuurstafel van sy Kerk". In 1824 word hy skriba van die Sinode. Vanaf 1829 tot met sy aftrede het hy die betrekking van Aktuarius eervol vervul.

Volgens 'n artikel in Die Kerkbode van 25 Februarie 1959 oor die "Ontstaan van die Sondagskool" geskryf deur dr. HDA du Toit, meld hy: “0p Pinksterdag, 26 Mei 1844, het ds.Abraham FAURE, predikant van Kaapstad, die eerste Sondagskool waarvan ons weet, in die konsistorie opgerig. Ses maande ná die oprigting kon die Kerkraad aan die Ring rapporteer dat daar meer as 400 kinders in die Sondagskool is". In die Stellenbosch, Drie Eeue Gedenkboek, 1979, is 'n hele uiteensetting van die ontstaan van die Teologiese Kweekskool.

Dr. Abraham FAURE het sover terug as 1824 al 'n pleidooi vir 'n eie opleidingskool aan die Kaap gelewer. Hy het later allerweë bekend geraak as die "Vader van die Kweekskool.". Hy was predikant van die NG Kerk in Graaff-Reinet (1818-1822) en later ook in Kaapstad (1822-1867) asook een van die stigters van die "SA College". Volgens RTJ Lombard in Familia (1990, Vol 4) is sy herkoms (gemeet in die vierde voorgeslag) 43.75% Frans, 31.25% Hollands, 12.5% Duits en 12.5% Deens.

Abraham was predikant in Graaf-Reinet en Kaapstad asook die stigter van Die Kerkbode. Hy was ook die voorsitter van die bestuurskomitee wat die eerste amptelike pogings aangewend het wat op die stigting van die NG Sendingkerk in 1819 uitgeloop het.

Sy seun, dr. Hendrik Emanuel FAURE, gebore 17 Augustus.1828 was predikant in Pietermaritzburg en die gemeentse, St. Stephens, Kaapstad.

‘n Tweede seun, Hendrik Emanuel FAURE, gebore 15 Oktober.1804 het, soos twee van sy broers, ook vir predikant gestudeer, maar is tydens sy studiejare in Utrecht, Nederland, oorlede.

Die jongste broer (van 14 kinders) was Ds. Philip Eduard FAURE, gebore op 1 Desember 1811 in Stellenbosch en het op 7 Desember 1882 in Wynberg gesterf. Hy was predikant in Wynberg en volgens RTJ Lombard in Familia, (1990, Vol 4) is sy herkoms (gemeet in die vierde voorgeslag) 43.75% Frans, 31.25% Hollands, 12.5% Duits en 12.5% Deens. Hy het in Januarie1838 in Kaapstad met Anna Wilhelmina Maria, gebore CAMBRIER in omtrent 1815 te Vianen, Nederland, getrou.

‘n Bietjie verder in die lyn af was daar nog ‘n FAURE-predikant. Hy was die oudste seun, Jacobus Christiaan FAURE, (gebore 27 Junie 1819 en op 31 Julie 1839 in Kaapstad getroud met Johanna Henriëtte Knobel) se tweede oudste seun, Ds. Abraham FAURE. Hy is gebore op 23 Augustus 1847 en op 30 September 1873 met Magrieta Magdalena Pieterson getroud.

Tuesday 04 September 2007

Geslaagde Uitstalling

Die Wes-Gautengtak het op Saterdag, 1 September 2007, ‘n geslaagde genealogiese uitstalling by die NG Kerk, Ontdekkerskruin, Roodepoort se kerkbasaar, gehad.

Voorsitter Lucas Rinken en sy seun, Jan, was vroegdag reeds besig met kabels aanlê en inprop vir elektrisiteit en ‘n internetverbinding asook om uitstalmateriaal gereed kry. John Stephens, die taksekretaris, het later kom hand bysit. Hy het vir 'n uitstalling wat getoon het waaroor die genealogie eintlik gaan, gesorg.

‘n Sirkel-kwartierstaat van Generaal Christiaan Rudolph de WET (links onder op die foto) het heelwat aandag getrek, veral as Lucas verduidelik het dat het dat sy ouma se oupa en die generaal se pa broers was. Lucas vertel dat dit hom destyds elf maande geneem om te bewys dat wat sy ouma Martie indertyd vertel het, waar was. Dit is juis waar sy belangstelling in die genealogie begin het.

Margaret Humpreys, die komiteelid gemoeid met sosiale aktiwiteite, het ook by die gehelp vrae beantwoord.

Die tak se webwerf is ook aan besoekers gewys. Opsoeke in e-SAGI het mense verbaas. Verskeie kere het sodaniges hul oupas en oumas herken. Ander persone het soekwerk in van die publikasies gdoen. Belangstelling in die genealogie is gewis gekweek.

Die foto toon Lucas Rinken (sittend). Agter is John Stephens (links) en ds. Attie Botha, leraar van die gemeente.

BBC launches "Who Do You Think You Are" magazine

The BBC is to launch a Who Do You Think You Are? magazine off the back of the successful genealogy series of the same name.

The new 100-page full-colour magazine will be produced by BBC Magazines Bristol and launches on September 25 for a cost of £4.25. Each issue will include a DVD or CD with clips of the BBC show and archive material. A website to support the magazine goes live later this week.

Genealogy website Ancestry.co.uk - which also sponsored the live show - will reportedly act as the data provider for the BBC website.

Monday 03 September 2007

MONTHLY MEETING: 15 SEPTEMBER 2007

DATUM: Saterdag, 15 September 2007;

PLEK: NG Kerk, Philipslaan, Ontdekkers, Roodepoort;

(NEEM ASSEBLIEF KENNIS VAN
'N VERANDERING VAN
VERGADERPLEK.
DIS NOG IN DIESELFDE STRAAT.)

AANVANGSTYD: 14:00;

SPREKER: HENDRIK LOUW;

ONDERWERP:
DIE BELANGRIKHEID VAN GENEALOGIESE OPTEKENING;

  • Elkeen se genealogiese bydrae is belangrik, ongeag die formaat, solank die inligting opgeteken en vir die nageslag bewaar is;
  • Hierdie standpunt beteken dat inligting gepubliseer moet word of op enige wyse in die openbare domein geplaas moet word en
  • Dit help dus dat ander genealoë mekaar help met bywerkings en foute-uitskakelling.
TOEGANG: R5,00 vir verversings,

Almal welkom.

Hendrik de Waal LOUW is gebore op 9 September 1959 in Kenhardt, Noord-Kaap waar hy sy skoolloopbaan begin het. Tydens die 1967-droogte het sy ouers Suidwes-Afrika toe verhuis. Daar was hy vir 'n jaar in Stamprietfontein in die skool. Vanaf 1975 het hy die Martin Oosthuizen Hoërskool, Kakamas bygewoon waar hy matriek geskryf het. Daarna is hy na die Universiteit van die Oranje Vrystaat en toe na die weermag vir twee jaar. Daar het hy as 'n majoor geëindig.

Hy is ongeveer 28 jaar besig met genealogiese navorsing, hoewel hy beweer dat hy in die eerste sewe jaar nie geweet het hoe om navorsing te doen nie.

Tans is hy voorsitter van die Louw-familiebond in Suid-Afrika. Saam met al die Louws wil hy die nageslagsregister van die twee Louw-stamvaders teen einde 2008 vir publisering gereed hê “sodat ons in 2009 lekker kan baljaar”.

Die Louw-stamvader, Jan Pietersz LOUW, het c. Desember 1659 by Kaap de Goede Hoop aangekom. Dit gee die Louws 350 jaar van bydraes tot die Afrikanervolk in Suid-Afrika.

Saam met die Louws is hy ywerig besig om ander families na te speur, onder meer die DE WAAL's.

Hy is ook bevoorreg om heelwat ander genealoë te help met hul navorsing asook met die uitskryf van hul databasisse na MSWord via GEN2SA.

Saturday 01 September 2007

'N NOODSEIN?

  • Ek hoor vanaand by iemand dat mense glo by die Malmesbury- begraafplaas die grafstene steel. (Om die graniet te hergebruik vir nuwe grafstene? Ek weet nie. Wat anders kan 'n mens met grafsteen-graniet doen?). Gebeur dit ook op ander plekke? Indien wel, wil ek voorstel dat ons almal vinniger moet help met die afneem van grafstene. -- Daniël Jacobs via SAGen en Buitenposten.
  • Ek verstaan dit gebeur ook in Middelburg Kaap. Hulle hergebruik dit weer vir iemand anders. Janet Melville via SAGen en Buitenposten.

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