Saturday 26 July 2008

FROM MANUAL TO DIGITAL

Celia Baylis did her genealogy for five years manually -- 34 publications in total.
Bob Saunders spent many hours scanning hundreds of pages of her work.
Now it is available on five CD’s.
It is a most commendable genealogy work,
now in the library of the West Gauteng Branch, GSSA.
Here is the story.


Celia writes: “It was my lucky day when Lucas Rinken, the chairman, invited me to take part in the Hobby-X Fair at the Dome in Johannesburg and assist at our GSSA stand there a couple of months ago.

The easiest way for me to explain what genealogy is about is for me to show a hand-written Family Tree in the old fashioned format, and to this end I took along one of my booklets. Little did I think the booklet would spark so much interest?

Lucas then invited me to do a presentation at the AGM, and I took along several of the family booklets that I had compiled and displayed them for the members to look at.

What a compliment it was when Lucas asked if I would leave copies with the West Gauteng branch, as my departure for retirement in Cape Town was imminent.

Bob Saunders, the vice-chairman, then offered to scan the booklets and put them onto CD’s, provided I agreed to a copy being left with the West Gauteng Branch under his supervision.

And so it has come about that Bob Saunders has produced the most remarkable set of CD’s which contain the information of my family tree. He has, at his own cost, produced 5 CD’s and will remain custodian of them for the West Rand Branch of the GSSA.

Bob will keep a register of any copies which may be sold to members of the West Rand Branch, as well as members of my family.

The final result of this set of electronic copies of my work is outstanding. I am truly indebted to Bob for the expertise, time and care he has put into these reproductions. To say that I am delighted would be an understatement, and the fact that my work will be preserved in this way is a great joy to me and will be to my family in time to come.

I very much regret that I will be unable to be present when Bob hands over a set to the West Rand Branch on 19 June, 2008.

Bob (left) writes: “As you and all our genealogical colleagues will know only too well, the work is never complete, no matter how extensive it may be. Be that as it may, we have compiled into a compendium of five CD's, a total of no less than 34 individual publications produced by Celia over the past five years.

Of course the research and collection of the content spans a far greater time period, and is a magnificent collection personal history, memories, personal research and artifacts lovingly crafted into tangible presentable format as a record for her greater family's benefit.

The benefit has been extended to our branch through me as the custodian and originator of the digital format of her work, which although not copyrighted per se, the copyright of the work is to be guarded as best we can.

Celia’s work illustrates the point of "doing it manually" to great effect.

Tuesday 22 July 2008

PLEKNAME

Paul Prinsloo het 'n handige webtuiste-wenk op SAGENEALOGIE geplaas. Dit is voorsien deur die Department of Arts and Culture.

  • Suid-Afrikaanse munisipaliteite;
  • Hul name en
  • Waar die name vandaan kom.

Tuesday 15 July 2008

IS DIT DIÉ EEN OF DAAI EEN?

Is dit Legacy of is dit Family Tree Maker? Is dit dié een of is dit daai een?

Mense doenig in die genealogie sal nog lank verskil oor watter rekenaarprogram die geskikste vir genealogiese datavaslegging is.

Die hoofrede: elke mens het sy eie voorkeure.

Die afgelope tyd is daar weer, soos tevore, ‘n gesprek op SAGenealogie, oor sekere verskille tussen hierdie programme.

In een boodskap het ‘n persoon die volgende waarskuwing oor een van die gewilde programme gerig:

“… dit is daarom van belang dat ek net laat weet dat daar ernstige probleme opduik met die integriteit van 'n databasis wanneer mens 'n Gedcom invoer en met jou data saamvoeg. Allerhande lukrake samesmelting gebeur en die resultaat is 'n totale wanorde”.

Hierop het ‘n grootbaas van die betrokke programvervaardiger geantwoord:

“The problem must be a (the) user doing something wrong”.

Dié soort argumentering kan (sal) sonder ophou voortgaan. Uiteindelik gaan dit oor:

  • Persoonlike voorkeure en
  • Instudering. Genealogiese programme verg leeswerk om dit te bemeester. Elkeen het sy eie eienskappe, sommiges uniek, en moeilikheidsgraad.'n Ander moontlike rede vir die verskille is soos eerste liefde: die roes nie. As 'n mens eers wortel in 'n program geskiet het, verplant jy nie maklik nie.

Hoe kies 'n mens? Veral vir 'n beginner is dit nie maklik nie.

Plekke waar 'n mens hulp kan kry om te kies tussen verskillende genealogiese programme en die voor- en nadele van elkeen kan opweeg, is by:

Wenke, in die besonder vir beginners, alvorens 'n besluit geneem word:

  • Win soveel as moontlik menings van ervarenes in, maar vergewis jou vooroordele (as dit moontlik is) en
  • Gaan na elke program se EIE webtuiste om meer daarvan te leer. "Speel" eers 'n rukkie met die gratis weergawe -- as daar een is.
(As jy nie na die regte webtuiste gaan nie, kan jy mislei word, veral met gratis programme deurdat hulle geld uit jou probeer maak. Gaan eerder na Google, tik die program se naam in, wag vir lys programme en maak seker dat die program se naam en die webtuiste se naam ooreenstem.)

Saturday 12 July 2008

MONTHLY MEETING: 19 JULY 2008

Date: Saturday, 19 July 2008

Time: 14:00 to 16:00

Place: Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk), Ontdekkerskruin,
Phillips Avenue, Discovery, Roodepoort (Map below)

Subject: Assegai Fodder

Presenter: Derek Rubidge

Derek sal onder meer die setlaar-geskiedenis op 'n tydlyn van die 14de tot die 19de eeu plaas. Hy sal ook faktore behandel soos: die "Bantoe"-lewenswyse, Arabiese indringing, Hollandse oorheersing, Franse-invloed, Engelse setlaarskap, sendelingwerk asook wapens en vegstrategieë tydens die 17de tot 19de eeue.

Short CV:

Derek says about himself: "I endured a classical education of the 4 "C's" variety: (cane, cold showers, cross country and church), followed by tertiary education and the mandatory square bashing."

Career: Mining industry in South Africa (gold copper, diamond) at the sharp end followed by employment at theone did not do any actual work in this establishment). On its closure and relocation I changed stream to industrial engineering and computer systems consulting.

Now Retired.

Interests: Hiking, sailing, deep sea fishing and reading historical publications.

Genealogy: "My interest in "digging up old bones" is very recent. I acquired a comprehensive "family tree" that had been compiled by a family member, which prompted my interest in further exploration".

Entrance Fee: R5,00 vir verversings.


KLIK OP DIE KAART OM DIT VERGROOT
(BRON: Mail and Guardian Online)

Friday 04 July 2008

BUS RY OOR 25 GRAFTE IN PRETORIA

’n Bus van die Tshwane-metroraad se busdiens het deur die palissadeheining van die Ou Begraafplaas in Pretoria-Wes gebars, oor 25 grafte gery en kort voor die graf van die skilder J.H. Pierneef gestop.


’n Lid van die Tshwane-metropolisie wat op die toneel was, het gesê die busbestuurder het omstreeks 06:00 vanuit die Tshwane-metroraad se busdepot in Kerkstraat gery. Sy wou glo regs draai in Kerkstraat om pendelaars in die stad te vervoer.


Volgens dié metropolisielid het die busbestuurder gesê die bus se remme het geweier, waarna sy beheer oor die bus verloor en reguit oor die straat deur die begraafplaasheining gery het.


Die busbestuurder is nie beseer nie en na ’n nabygeleë hospitaal geneem waar sy vir skok behandel is.


Die busbestuurder het sowat 30 m van waar sy die begraafplaas deur die palissadeheining ingejaag het, ’n skerp draai na regs gemaak en minder as 20 m verder teen ’n boom tot stilstand gekom.


Pierneef se graf is aan die ander kant van dié boom.


Die busbestuurder het 25 grafstene in die proses beskadig. Die familiegrafte van oudpres. Paul Kruger, wat sowat 50 m van die toneel af is, of die Heldeakker-begraafplaas, wat binne die Ou Begraafplaas is, is nie beskadig nie.


Die grafte wat wel beskadig is, is dié van pionierfamilies wat in die 19de eeu in Pretoria gewoon het.


Dr. Murunwa Makwarela, uitvoerende direkteur van strategie van die departement van landbou en omgewing in die Tshwane-metroraad, het gesê van die grafte wat beskadig is, is meer as 100 jaar oud.


“Dié begraafplaas is ’n nasionale erfenis. Die plek is vir ons heilig en het sentimentele waarde.


“Ons sal seker maak die grafte word so gou moontlik herstel sodat dit lyk soos dit oorspronklik was.”


’n Ondersoek sal gedoen word om die oorsaak van die ongeluk te bepaal. – Beeld, 4 Junie 2008.

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