Monday, 12 January 2009


Date: Saturday, 17 January 2009;

Time: 14:00 to 16:00;

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

Subject: A Workshop on Legacy, a genealogy computer programme;

Presenter: Lucas Rinken, chairman of the Branch.

Background of Lucas' Legacy expertise:

  • Compiler of e-SAGI, die biggest genealogy database in South Africa (close to 400 000 names);
  • One of the official translators of Legacy into Afrikaans).
Request: Attendees are requested to identify questions beforehand;

Entrance Fee: R5,00 for refreshments.

(SOURCE: Mail and Guardian Online)

Monday, 05 January 2009


’n Broer en suster, albei in hul 60’s, is Kersfees met mekaar herenig nadat hulle sowat 40 jaar gelede kontak verloor het.

Boonop het hulle uitgevind hulle woon al jare lank in dieselfde woonbuurt, het die Daily Mail gister berig.

Mnr. Ken Whitty (64) het gesê hy het sy suster, Yvonne, soms by haar potplante in haar voortuin gesien, maar het nooit vermoed dit is sy suster nie.

“Ons het so baie verander dat ons mekaar net nie sou herken nie.”

Die broer en suster het saam in Salford grootgeword. Hul ouers is in hul vroeë tienerjare dood.

’n Familievriend het hulle grootgemaak, maar hulle het uitmekaar gedryf nadat hulle albei uit die huis is.

In 1970 het Whitty na die huis gegaan waar sy suster vroeër gewoon het, maar dit was gesloop.

Oor die jare het Whitty probeer vasstel wat van sy suster geword het, maar kon nie eens vasstel of sy nog leef nie.

“Ek het gedink ek sal haar uiteindelik vind, maar tyd het verbygegaan en dit het nooit gebeur nie,” het hy gesê.

“Ek het gedink: Dis Kersfees; ek is volgende jaar 65 en ek moet iets doen.”
Hy het ’n boodskap in ’n plaaslike koerant geplaas waarin hy hulp vra om haar op te spoor.

Kort daarna het hy ’n foonoproep van ’n skoolvriend gekry.

’n Paar minute later het die telefoon weer gelui.

“Hallo, dit is Yvonne,” het sy suster gesê.

“Ek kon dit nie glo nie. Ek het haar gevra waar sy bly en sy het gesê in Reddish.

“Ek het gevra waar omtrent en sy het gesê in Noord-Reddish. Ek het gesê: ‘Ek ook.’”

Hy het onmiddellik na haar huis gegaan om haar te sien.

Bron: BEELD, 4 Januarie 2008

Saturday, 03 January 2009


By Linda Shrieves, Orlando Sentinel

When Elaine Powell's husband started having heart problems, she remembered his father died of a heart attack. That left her wondering if her husband had inherited a heart condition.

As a genealogist, Powell knew where to find the answers. Using death certificates and obituaries, she built a medical family tree for her husband. It turned out his family didn't have a long trail of heart disease.

But that search inaugurated another quest: Powell began researching her family's medical tree and discovered that her paternal grandfather died of colon cancer in his 40s. "I told my doctor, and she told me that it was very important because they'll screen me early," says Powell, 61, of Orlando.

Genealogy has long been used to trace family histories, but now some are using it to learn whether they're at risk for certain diseases.

"In some ways, family history is the cheapest, most widely available and most proven type of genetic test we have," said Dr. Alan Guttmacher, acting director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

By considering family history, doctors can look for inherited diseases and practice preventive medicine. The notion is so popular that the U.S. Surgeon General's Office has set up a Web site — — that helps people create a medical family tree.

"Sometimes people think genealogy is not very important, that it's just a hobby," says Drew Smith, a Florida genealogist who lectures about medical family trees. "And yet, we always read about people who have illnesses and diseases that run in families. The truth is, for some people, this is a matter of life and death."

Start by asking all your living relatives how their parents and grandparents died.

After that, it's time to start searching for records. The best records, says Powell, are death certificates, which usually list cause of death. You'd need as much of the following information as you can find: the relative's full name, state where he or she died, and city or county.

Your family's medical history does not need to be traced that far back. For doctors and geneticists, it's most important to include three generations: yours; your parents; and your grandparents.


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