Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Boeke: Anglo-Boere-oorlog

Die volgende boeke oor die Anglo-Boere-oorlog is op die web beskikbaar:

(Klik op die blou vir toegang.)

Van: Hetta Scholtz, Rooihuiskraal via Rootsweb.

Saturday, 27 October 2007


Steps to be taken to obtain documents from the Cape Town Archive

Send an order for
a maximum of 50 documents per month
by either



POST TO: Western Cape Archive, Private Bag X0-25, Cape Town 8000


FAX TO: +21-465-8100.

  • The archive will reply with a document to be signed by the researcher.
  • Return the document either by fax to +21-465-2960 , e-mail or snail-mail to above addresses.
  • The archive will respond with a quotation and bank account details.
  • Either deposit the amount against their reference number or mail the cheque to above address.
  • Wait.
No additional fee is charged for mail -- only 80 cents per page copied.

No website is available with instructions.

I e-mailed my first order on 16 September 2007 and am now at waiting.

  • The Pretoria Archive does not provide the same service for the ordering of copies - it might follow soon. The contact details for all the archive repositories can be found on the NAAIRS website
From Dennis Pretorius, Krugersdorp, South Africa, Executive Member of GSSA, Genealogical Researcher, Owner of SAGenealogy E-mail List, via Rootsweb.

Monday, 22 October 2007


More than 42% of PC users do not

their computers with 16% of all participants not even knowing what it meant.
For genealogists, whose computer is one of their most important tools,
this simple process is vital.

Defragmentation is necessary if you want your computer to perform at its best.

Fragmentation occurs due to the normal computer activity. Each time you save, delete, or modify a file you contribute to the fragmentation of your system. This results in slower processing time until the computer is “cleaned up” through defragmentation. --

The University of Information Services writes as follows about defragging:

Why bother?

If your desk is organized, it's easy to find your papers. But, when you're busy working on a project, you may not take the time to put things where they belong; you may just plunk things down on your desk and leave them where you dropped them. As your desk gets more cluttered, it gets harder to find things until, eventually, you need to stop and clean up.

When your computer is using files, it will plunk them down, here and there, on the hard drive. If a file is too big to fit in a particular space, your computer will break up (fragment) the file and put the pieces in several different places. As the drive gets more and more cluttered, it takes your computer longer to find things, and the system runs slower and slower. Defragmenting your hard drive will reorganize all these files and pieces of files, making it easier for your computer to find them quickly.

The program tells me I don't need to defragment my hard disk

On older versions of Windows, the disk defragmenter program may tell you that this disk is only (such-n-such) % fragmented, and that you do not need to run disk defragmenter at this time. Today, hard drives are much bigger than they were when Windows 95 first came out. You're concerned with the amount of fragmentation, not how this figure compares to the total size of your drive. Even a few percent of 6 gigabytes can be enough fragmentation to slow down your system.

Schedule enough time for the job

You won't be able to use your computer while the disk defragmenter program is running and the tool may take quite a while if you've never used it before. Consider starting the program just before you go off to a meeting, or class, or lunch. We don't recommend leaving your computer on overnight.

Defragmenting your hard drive can be a bit like going to the dentist; it's tedious and time-consuming, but the longer you put it off, the worse it is. The more fragmented your drive, the longer the program takes to fix it. If you run disk defragmenter frequently, it shouldn't take long each time.

Why can't I use my computer while I'm defragmenting it?

For the defragmentation tool to run properly, you must turn off all the programs that are running on your computer, especially anti-virus software and disk utility programs. These applications constantly change the information on your hard drive; each time the information changes, the defragmentation program starts over again.

How often should I defragment my hard disk?

We recommend that you run disk defragmenter every couple of weeks, particularly if you use the Internet often. You should make it part a regular maintenance schedule along with running scan disk and deleting unnecessary files.

Sandy Berger writes in AARP:

How To Defrag

Want to keep your computer running smoothly? Would you like to possibly speed it up at the same time? There is a simple little utility program built into Windows that will help you do just that. It is called Disk Defragmenter.

Don't be put off by the name. It sounds a bit complicated, but defragmenting your hard disk is easy. You just need a little knowledge about how a computer works to understand what disk defragmentation is and how it works.

Deafrag Explained

When you add a file or a new program to a brand new computer, the hard disk is relatively empty so new data is written to the hard disk in one contiguous block. When you need to use that information, the computer can quickly access it because it is all in one place.

As you use your computer adding files and programs, the hard disk begins to fill up. Deleting files or removing programs creates small empty areas among the other data that the computer will reuse. After awhile, the computer is no longer saving information in large blocks. Instead, it stores information in the many little empty nooks and crannies of your hard disk. The result is that one program or file is broken up, or fragmented, into little pieces and stored in many different areas of the hard disk. The computer ingeniously keeps track of the addresses of each piece of data and puts it all together when it is needed. Yet, obviously, the more broken up the information is, the longer it takes to access the data and the slower the computer becomes.

Finding the Defrag Utility

The solution is a simple one. Your Windows computer comes with a program that will defragment your hard disk. This process reunites all the data into large blocks and gathers all the free space on the hard disk into one block making data retrieval faster and easier for the computer.

Most of you will be able to find the disk defrag program by:

  • Clicking on the Start button,
  • Then choosing (All) Programs,
  • Then Accessories,
  • Then System Tools, and
  • Finally clicking on the Disk Defragmenter.
If you have any trouble finding it, simply click on Start, then Help. Click on the Search tab and type in the word "defragment." The computer will give you a link to the defrag program.

Depending on your computer and your hard disk, defragmenting the hard disk can take a bit of time. After you defrag, you will see no difference in your computer, except for a little faster speed if the disk was very fragmented. Yet, getting into the routine of defragging every now and then is a good habit to form since it keeps your computer running smoothly. Some programs, like video editing software, will crash if the disk is too fragmented.

Trouble Shooting the Defrag

Before you start the defrag process you will want to turn off any programs that you are running, including those running in the background like firewalls and anti-virus programs. If you try to defrag when these programs are running, the defrag process will constantly be stopped.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Origin of the name, Evander

For those of you who would like to know the origin of the name Evander here it is:

One of the older Mining Houses in South Africa was Union Corporation and the Deputy Chairman at the time of the opening of Evander Goldfields was PM Anderson. His wife's name was Eva Anderson, hence Evander. -- Graham Goodwin via Rootsweb, May 2007

Thursday, 18 October 2007


In August 2007 it was reported on this website that there is no such thing as a coat of arms for a specific surname. A coat of arms belongs to an individual and only his/her direct descendents may use it -- with certain provisions. A person in South Africa who wishes to use a coat of arms legally should register it at the Bureau of Heraldry.

On the website Creative Genealogy there are a number of articles about the design and use of coats of arms. (Click on the blue to view them.)

A few extracts from these articles are:

Design Ideas: The absolute best part of creating your own coat of arms is choosing what to put on it. This is where you get to play with ideas and dream.

Design Considerations: The number one rule in creating a coat of arms is, Don't Overdo. Don't put in too many colors, don't put in too many symbols, don't make it too elaborate. When it comes to a coat of arms, simple images work the best in most cases. The thing you want to keep in mind is, how/where are you going to use your coat of arms?

Printing: There are lots of ways to use your coat of arms in print. From greeting cards to stationary, stickers to book covers ... the ideas are all here for the taking.

Display: Display your coat of arms with pride. You might be surprised at the options you have available to you. If you'd like to adorn your home with your coat of arms you might consider having it laser etched into a wood, glass, stone, metal or leather surface. You could even have it etched into your shower door.

Wearing it: Once you've designed your coat of arms it's time to show it off. One of the most fun ways to do that is to wear it.

Using Clipart: It's time to get down to the business of creating a coat of arms. There are a number of ways you can go about doing this. If you're a talented artist, you can sketch one freehand, then scan it into your computer. If you're a skilled illustrator you can create a coat of arms using an illustration program.

Tuesday, 09 October 2007


DATE: Saturday, 27 October 2007;

VENUE: NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church), Philips Avenue, Discovery, Roodepoort (Map below);

TIME: 14:00;

SPEAKER: Don McArthur;


ADMISSION: R5,00 for refreshments.


Don grew up in London. He went to the University in Bath where he studied mechanical engineering. He came to South Africa in 1981 with Amcoal and worked on the mines for about 6 years. He later moved to Johannesburg. He is currently self-employed.

Besides genealogy his other interests are karate, spear fishing, running and stamp collecting. He enjoys reading science fiction and science facts and loads of History.


Wednesday, 03 October 2007


Die Louws en die Dominees

Deur Lucas Rinken

Ek het altyd geweet dat die Louws besondere mense is. Stamvader Jan Pietersz (Broertjie) Louw, gebore 1.3.1628 op Caspel Ter Maere, Nederland is my “8th Great Grand Father”, soos Legacy dit stel. Verder loop my lyne deur twee van sy seuns - a1b1 Pieter Louw EN a1b5 Jacobus LOUW.

Nounet het ek die jongste GENESIS (Maart 2007), tydskrif van die e-GGSA-tak, ontvang. Daarin skryf vriend Hendrik Louw, baie trots, oor sewe geslagte wat nou agtereenvolgens met die naam Adriaan Jacobus Louw gedoop is. Hy eis nêrens dat dit ‘n rekord is nie, maar ek dink dit gaan moeilik oortref word.

Met die invoer van hierdie data in die e-SAGI databasis en daarby ook die wyer familie, het dit my getref hoeveel NG-predikante daar aan een gesin gekoppel kan word. Miskien is gesin nie die regte woord nie, want dit gaan oor ‘n paar geslagte en ook na ander gesinne maar familie is weer te wyd.

NR 1: Kom ons begin by nommer twee op Hendrik se lys - Ds. Adriaan Jacobus (Attie) Louw, gebore 23.1.1859. Wat Hendrik nie sê nie, is dat daar, net in e-SAGI, dus moontlik meer wat ons nie van weet nie, 10 met die naam Adriaan Jacobus Louw voor hom was - die eerste gedoop te Paarl op 7.7.1771.

NR 2: Sy pa, ook Adriaan Jacobus en gebore 15.11.1811 was twee keer getroud, eers met Geertruida Anna Smuts, ‘n eerste niggie een maal verwyder van veldmaarskalk JC Smuts en toe met Charlotte Louisa Maria Herold, gebore 17.8.1819, die dogter van ds Tobias Johannes Herold (b7) en Louisa Adriana Hoorn. Ds Herold was NG-predikant op Paarl en verbonde aan die Kweekskool in Stellenbosch. Hy was ook jare lank moderator van die NG Kerk in die Kaap. Die telling is nou (predikante) 2.

NR 3: Uit die huwelik met G.A. Smuts was gebore op 26.6.1834 Maria Magdalena Louw (b5c1d6e6f2g1). Sy trou te Paarl op 8.3.1852 met prof ds Nicolaas Jacobus Hofmeyer (a1b2c1d10), gebore 8.3.1827. Hy was leraar op Hantam en professor in die teologie. Dis 3.

NRS 4 TOT 7: Uit die tweede huwelik word op 20.1.1845 gebore Louisa Adriana (Wiesie) Louw (b5c1d6e6f2g6) en sy trou op 20.10.1868 op Paarl met ds Arend Hermanus Hofmeyer, gebore 27.9.1837, (dis 4), die seun van ds Arend Hermanus Hofmeyer (b1c10), gebore 19.4.1802. (Dis 5). Hy was ook met ‘n Louw getroud -- Susanna Maria Louw (b5c1d6e6f3) uit dié gesin gebore op 4.10.1813. Hulle het ook ‘n ander seun gehad, ds Jan Hendrik Hofmeyer, gebore 3.2.1835. (Dis 6.) Hy was getroud met Isabella Murray (b9), dogter van alombekende ds Andrew Murray (a2) gebore 26.5.1794 op Clatt, Aberdeenshire, Skotland. (Dis 7.)

NR 8: Hy het ook ‘n ander seun gehad, a2b5, ds Charles Murray, gebore 26.2.1833. (Dis 8.)

NR 9: Nou gaan ons terug na die gesin van AJ Louw en CLM Herold en ons vind nog ‘n dogter Margaretha Johanna Elizabeth (b5c1d6e6f2g8), gebore op 6.7.1848 en sy trou op Paarl op 15.11.1871 met ds. Johannes Roedolph Albertyn, gebore 8.3.1847. (Dis 9.)

NRS 10 EN 11: Hulle het twee seuns -- die eerste is ds Pieter Kuijpers Albertyn (b1c3d15e3f1), gebore 31.10.1872. ( Dis 10.) Hy trou op Wellington op 14.4.1903 met ‘n vrou met interessante name, Elise Beauchamp de Jersey Morgan, gebore 9.10.1882. Sy is die dogter van ds Charles Smith Moragn (a2b3), gebore 25.4.1842 ook ‘n NG-leraar. (Dis 11.)

NR. 12: Hul tweede seun is ds Johannes Rudolph Albertyn (b1c3d15e3f2), gebore 6.8.1878, nog ‘n NG-predikant (Dis 12.)

NR 13: En nog is het einde niet. Die elfde kind in die gesin is Johanna Hendrina Louw (b5c1d6e6f2g11), gebore 9.2.1855. Sy trou op Paarl op 18.2.1873 met prof ds Christoffel Frederik Jacobus Muller, gebore 22.12.1845. Hy was NG-leraar op Swellendam en verbonde aan die kweekskool. (Dis 13.)

NRS 14 EN 15: Hul vyfde kind was ds Tobias Ballot Muller (a27b9c5) gebore 13.8.1884, NG-leraar en taalstryder. (Dis 14.) Hy trou op 30.3.1915 met Elizabeth Thom, dogter van ds George Thom. (Dis 15.) Gaan ons verder, sal ons waarskynlik prof Thom, voormalige rektor van Stellenbosch Universiteit teëkom.

Weer eens daag ek almal om ‘n beter rekord te boekstaaf.

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