Saturday 29 November 2008

"MENTORS" FOR MEMBERS CONSIDERED

Report from Lucas Rinken (left), chairman of the Gauteng Branch of the GSSA:

The branch committee today (Saturday, 29 November 2008) at length discussed the decline of the branch membership from 83 to 64 last year. It was more disturbing when Richard Ford (right), National Executive Member and editor of Familia, gave a report back of the NEC meeting in Cape Town on 22 November 2008 indicating that the national membership had risen.

Questions now asked are:
  • How can we attract more members?
  • How can we ensure that annual membership is renewed?
  • Are we providing our members with value for money in terms of monthly meetings/support?
I was particularly pleased when, in a discussion after our meeting, Danie Jacobs suggested that we should introduce a system of mentors for each member. So often members come to our meeting and do not hear what they hoped to hear. However, being new members, they don't ask questions and we never see them again. Others join up at events like Hobby-X and that's the last we see or hear of them.

If each new member could be assigned to a "mentor" in order to:
  • retain contact,
  • encourage them to attend meetings and
  • try to assist in genealogical matters,
it could be greatly beneficial to members and the branch.

Details would have to be worked out and members need to be carefully allocated to the right mentor. A structured system where experienced members take a maximum of five members under their wings is forseen. Such allocation will be based on common interests or whatever criteria will be considered.

Methods of assistance need to be worked out.

I look forward to comments and suggestions from members at your earliest convenience. E-mail me at lgrinken@iburst.co.za.
  • I am happy to announce that Gerard Marloth has agreed to join our committee next year as membership secretary.
  • Furthermore, Penny Evens (left) has agreed to join the committee to be a spokesman for beginners and to keep the committee focused on what members need.

BABY NAMES EXPLORER

  • Thomas took a serious dip in the 1960's, but recovered 30 years later.
  • David reached his peak in the 1960's. Nowadays he is not popular anymore.
  • Benjamin is rapidly losing steam.
  • Until the 1970's nobody knew of Chloe. Now she is the most popular.
  • Charlotte follows right behind.
These are some interesting facts about the history of names in New South Wales, Australia. In the latest newsletter of the electronic newsletter for family historians from the Society of Australian Genealogists most interesting information is given about "100 years of baby names".

The editors writes: "Not strictly a genealogy website but nevertheless one that may be of interest to researchers. Produced by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages and The Powerhouse Museum, the Baby Names Explorer site is an interactive site allowing you to browse through more than a century of the top 1200 baby names in NSW.

“Enter all or part of a name in the name field and the graph adjusts to show the pattern of name usage over time. For example, entering the name 'Barbara' shows that the name reached its peak in the 1940s and was the 7th most popular girls name at that time. This site is a fun way to see whether your family naming patterns were typical of the time.”

Above: The rise and fall of the name "Robert" in NSW. (Please note: you cannot enter a name above. Click on "Baby Names Explorer" above. It takes a while to load.)

Keep in mind that these statistics related to only one territory -- New South Wales -- in Australia.

  • Interesting subject for someone to do research in South Africa. How many babies are still baptised these days as "Jacomina" or "Johanna" or "Jacobus"? When did "Mireille", "Zander" and "Edzard" occur for the first time?

Wednesday 26 November 2008

ELEKTRONIESE TELEFOONGIDS BRING VREUGDE

Die genealoog (of persoonsopspoorder) moenie Telkom se elekroniese telefoongids gering skat nie. Dis ‘n waardevolle hulpmiddel.

Gister het ‘n merkwaardige verhaal bekend geword toe Sandra (fiktiewe naam), ‘n vooraanstaande sakevrou in die Oos-Kaap, vertel het hoe dié gids haar gehelp het om haar aangenome dogter se biologiese ouers, na ‘n soektog van baie jare, op te spoor.

Agtien jaar gelede het sy en haar man die baba, Marlene (fiktiewe naam), aangeneem. ‘n Klompie jare het Sandra Marlene belowe dat sy haar regtige ouers opgespoor sal hê teen die tyd as sy haar 18de verjaardag vier.

Die soektog was jare lank aan die gang. Sandra het onlangs nog ‘n beroepsopspoorder groot geld betaal om te help. Sy het nog nie weer van hom gehoor nie.

Intussen het Marlene se 18de verjaardag nader gekruip.

Sandra het weer deur al haar dokumentasie gegaan om opnuut leidrade te probeer vind. Daar was ‘n adres – in ‘n ander provinsie -- op een of ander dokument. Toe sy op ‘n keer daar was, was daar niemand en die bure het vertel die mense wat daar woon se van* kom nie ooreen met die van waarna sy soek nie.

Heelwat later en ná nog baie navrae het Sandra Marlene se biologiese ma se nooiensvan nagespeur. Dit was al. G’n name, voorletters of adres nie.

Verlede week – enkele dae ná Marlene se 18de verjaardag -- was Sandra bra bedruk. Daai belofte aan Marlene …

Toe onthou sy dat iemand haar van die elektroniese telefoongids vertel het. Met wanhoop was sy voor haar rekenaar op die internet. Sy het Marlene se ma se nooiensvan op die elektroniese telefoongids ingetik. Daar was ‘n raps meer as 100 van hulle in die land.

Noukeurig het Sandra hulle een vir een deurgekyk -- nie dat sy gedink het sy sou iets van waarde vind nie. Dit was nog ‘n dag, nog ‘n metode, nog ‘n probeerslag. Ná enkele minute kon sy nie glo wat sy voor gesien het nie. Langs een van diegene op die lys voor haar, was die einste adres waar sy tevore gaan soek het.

Sy het sonder aarseling gebel. Dit was Marlene se een ouma (haar biologiese ma se ma). Daar was baie trane en baie vreugde.

En Marlene weet nou waar sy vandaan kom. Boonop is die groot ontmoeting dié naweek.

Die eenvoud van die saak is dat Sandra vroeër die verkeerde van* by die regte adres gesoek het. Met nog een brokkie inligting wat bygekom het, het die elektroniese telefoongids die geheim ontrafel. Bygesê: Sandra was geduldig en vasberade. Sy het nooit moed opgegee nie. Haar woord teenoor Marlene het sy nagekom.

* Die verkeerde van was toe al die tyd die pa s’n van wie die ma intussen geskei is.

Saturday 22 November 2008

MAANDVERGADERING: 29 NOVEMBER 2008

Datum: Saterdag, 29 November 2008

Tyd: 14:00 tot 16:00

Plek: NG Kerk, Ontdekkerskruin, Phillipslaan, Ontdekkers, Roodepoort
(padkaart onder)

Die aard van die byeenkoms sal 'n uitstalling wees met die klem op die boeke en pamflette in ons biblioteek. Dit sal lede die geleentheid bied om te sien wat ons het sodat hulle dit beter kan benut.


Toegang: R5,00 vir verversings.

ALMAL IS WELKOM.

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

Saturday 15 November 2008

How to Create Your Own Genealogy Blog

Have you ever considered creating your own blog? A genealogy blog?

You may be thinking, "So, WHY do I need a genealogy blog?"

The short answer is:
  • So that other genealogy researchers can find your blog (set up around a SURNAME you are interested in).
  • The visitor to your blog finds something interesting on it that helps them.
  • They may contact you and SHARE information with you that can help further YOUR genealogy research.
Where does one start? How is it done?

There are various blogplatforms. This blog of the West Gauteng Branch of the GSSA is done on BLOGGER. It is owned by Google.

Click here and read how to go about.

WORDPRESS is also a popular platform for creating blogs.

Tuesday 04 November 2008

IMPRESSIVE SAG

Thought SAG stands for South African Genealogies?

Yes, but not only that. Click here and have a look.

"For the second year running the SAG has been among the prizewinners in the annual Website of the Year Awards run by the Federation of Family History Societies in the UK.

"Last year (2007) we received a Highly Commended award in the Overseas Society section.

"We were delighted to recently learn that we've been awarded 2nd overall in the same category for 2008."

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