Hi WikiTreers!

Grandma Wapaha (Photo of the Week Winner - 13 Jan 2017)

Here are a few things happening around the community this week:

  • Have you wondered how WikiTree differs from FamilySearch? See this G2G discussion where WikiTreers are sharing their thoughts on it.


Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!

Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!

Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community. Meet Ronel.

Ronel has been a member since November 2014 and is one of our wonderful Leaders. She’s made so many fantastic contributions, particularly to our Dutch Cape Colony and South African Roots Projects.

Surnames you are researching:

All Olivier and related families since 1652: Private Database totals 37,272 names and 15,325 families.

Locations you are researching:

South Africa.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

Ever since I can remember I was fascinated by history. My dear late father got me hooked at a very early age by reading me bedtime stories from history books. Family history was just an extension of my early love for history, and my vivid imagination was channeled by my father, encouraging me to get the facts straight. Thinking back, I remember all the family stories and anecdotes told after dinner. Fortunately I was born before television and storytelling was our favorite pastime.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

There are many, but if I had to choose one I would say Balthazar Johannes Vorster,  13-12-1915: Not because he was Prime Minister of South Africa, but because he instilled a sense of “With the necessary respect for others, Stand up for what you believe in even if it is unpopular with others,” into me that I made it my mantra in life.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

During the Anglo Boer War a General Cornelis Hermanus (Kerneels) Olivier (1851-1924) played a huge role in the peace treaty of Vereeniging. Unfortunately he was a very quiet and reserved person. It took me many years to find out exactly who he was and where he came from. The breaking down of that brick wall led to a branches being added to the tree that would have been lost forever.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.  Born: July 18, 1918, Died: December 5, 2013. He stood by his beliefs and had the ability to forgive and respect the views of others. A great leader and fascinating person.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I doodle with oils to create landscapes and I love to work in my garden. To be so close to nature is my therapeutic recovery from the sadness in the world.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?

I had the privilege to create my profile on Nov 11, 2014 and have made 50,678 entries since then, indicating that I have a medium activity.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

The WikiTree family is unique in collaboration and strives to be 100% correct. I love the feeling of knowing that my family is safe here and that, should I no longer be able to look after them, all will be well.

I don’t love the fact that, due to limited time and endless pages of information, I am unable to know everything there is to know, but love the fact that I can get answers to many questions in the G2G or from all the helpful friends I made along the way.

The excitement to be contacted by family, and others who think we are family, through WikiTree.

I like the fact that WikiTree is free.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take it slow read all you can and then.

Don’t be too proud to ask for help.

Use the G2G to your full advantage.

There is no such thing as a stupid question.

We don’t have to agree with everyone all the time, but we must respect other viewpoints.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be?

Be proud to belong to a family, but be humble when you have reached the pinnacles of life.

By grace we are who we are.

Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!

by Bob Fields

On January 15:

Ibn Saud (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Nasser (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther King Jr (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1622 - Molière*, French actor and playwright (d. 1673) (The Misanthrope).
1875 - Ibn Saud* [Abdulaziz], the first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia (d. 1953).
1902 – King Ibn Saud* of Saudi Arabia (d. 1969).
1908 - Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist and academic, “the father of the hydrogen bomb” (d. 2003).
1918 - Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian colonel and politician, 2nd President of Egypt (d. 1970).
1929 - Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and civil rights activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968).


Mathew Brady (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Henry "Hap" Arnold (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Sean MacBride (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1815 - Emma, Lady Hamilton, English-French mistress of Admiral Horatio Nelson (b. 1761).
1876 - Eliza McCardle Johnson, American wife of President Andrew Johnson (b. 1810).
1896 - Mathew Brady, American Civil War photographer and journalist (b. 1822).
1947 - Elizabeth Short*, “The Black Dahlia”, is murdered in Los Angeles.
1950 - Henry H. Arnold, American WW2 Army Air Corps general (b. 1886).
1988 - Meyer Lansky, American gangster and accountant, developed the “National Crime Syndicate” (b. 1902).
1987 - Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904) (Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz).
1988 - Seán MacBride, Irish Republican activist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

Other Events:

Elizabeth I (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Fort Fisher (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

The Pentagon (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1559 - Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
1759 – The British Museum opens.
1815 – War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
1865 – American Civil War: Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, North Carolina, falls to the Union, cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
1943 - The Pentagon is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
1970 - Muammar Gaddafi* is proclaimed premier of Libya. He was deposed and killed in 2011.
1973 – Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
2001 - Wikipedia, the web-based encyclopedia, made its debut.
The individuals marked with “*” don’t have a profile on WikiTree yet. Please help grow our tree.


Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!

by Bob Fields

On January 8:

Mark Antony (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Benedict Arnold (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Albert Schweitzer (Image Credit: WikiTree)









83 BC - Mark Antony, Roman general and politician (d. 30 BC).
1741 - Benedict Arnold, American Revolution general, traitor, and English general (d. 1801).
1875 - Albert Schweitzer, French-Gabonese physician and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) (Albert Schweitzer Hospital).
1886 - Hugh Lofting*, English author and poet, created Doctor Dolittle (d. 1947).
1892 - Hal Roach*, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1992) (Laurel and HardyOur Gang).
1896 - John Dos Passos*, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1970) (U.S.A. trilogy).
1941 - Faye Dunaway*, American actress and producer (Bonnie and ClydeNetwork).


Edmond Halley (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Lewis Carroll (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Humphrey Bogart (Image Credit: WIkiTree)











1742 - Edmond Halley, English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist (b. 1656) (Halley’s Comet).
1898 - Lewis Carroll, English novelist, poet, and mathematician (b. 1832) (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “Jabberwocky“).
1920 - John Francis Dodge, American businessman, co-founded the Dodge Automobile Company (b. 1864).
1957 - Humphrey Bogart, American actor (b. 1899) (The Maltese FalconCasablancaThe African Queen).
1977 - Anthony Eden, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister 1955-57 (b. 1897).
1977 - Peter Finch, English-Australian actor (b. 1916) (the first posthumous Academy Award for Network).
1984 - Ray Kroc, American businessman and philanthropist, founded McDonalds (b. 1902).
1986 - Donna Reed, American actress (b. 1921) (It’s a Wonderful LifeThe Donna Reed Show).
2006 - Shelley Winters*, American actress (b. 1920) (The Diary of Anne FrankThe Poseidon Adventure).
2009 - Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (b. 1920) (Fantasy Island).

Other Events:

Treaty of Paris (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Casablanca Conference (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Summer of Love (Image Credit: Wikipedia)








1639 – The “Fundamental Orders“, the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut.
1784 – American Revolution: Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain.
1942 - Proclamation No. 2537: President Franklin D. Roosevelt requires aliens from World War II-enemy countries to register with the Department of Justice.
1943 – World War II: Guadalcanal Campaign: Japan begins the evacuation from Guadalcanal.
1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill begin the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war, including “unconditional surrender“.
1967 – The Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco, California, launching the Summer of Love.

The individuals marked with “*” don’t have a profile on WikiTree yet. Please help grow our tree.


Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!
© 2016 WikiTree Blog Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha