Do you have South African Roots? Join our South African Roots Project !

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Do you have South African Roots or maybe an extended family line in South Africa?

Join the South African Roots Project. We do not just accept experienced members, but our membership is open to new members on WikiTree as well.

The requirements are simple. After you volunteered on WikiTree:
Sign the Honor Code
Become a WikiTree Genealogist
These two requirements will enable you to work on your own family line.
We recommend that you do the Pre-1700 Certification as well because this will enable you to contribute to all open profiles on WikiTree.

After you have done that, just add an answer (not a comment) and tell us a little about yourself and what you are researching.  

Do not forget to add the tag south_african_roots to your followed tags.

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Louis Heyman G2G6 Mach 5 (51.3k points)
edited by Bea Wijma
If your project can assist me in getting connected to more details on our families then please let me join your SA Roots Project.

Thanks Elize Taylor
Hi Elize

Welcome to SA Roots project

Here s the link to our Home Page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots

Lots of information on sources as well. Links to Sources https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots/Sources

Looking forward to work with you in connecting our Global family with South African Roots
Thanks Ronel and welcome to the South African Roots Project Elize !

69 Answers

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I was born in Northern Rhodesia, but have South African roots, both on the side of my father, Ivor Edward Leck, who was born in Kimberley of English immigrant parents, and of my mother, Joyce Doreen (Deacon) Leck whose English forefathers, the Deacons, came to the Eastern Cape in the1700s.

Thanks to Wikitree,  my personal family tree now has roots that go back from my maternal grandfather Nick Decon via a Huguenot, Pierre Jaubert,  to some 9th Century French kings and beyond.

I have also discovered that Nick's grandmother had a Dutch forefather, Pieter Boshower, who married the daughter of two slaves in Cape Town in the 1680s

And yes, I have found the journey so very interesting and would, therefore, like to join the South African Roots program
by Neville Leck G2G Crew (620 points)
edited by Neville Leck

Hi and welcome to the South African Roots Project , we're very happy to have you as a member of our team, so thanks for joining ! Greetings and have a wonderful day - the South African Roots Team :)

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Hallo

I am interested in joining.
by Maggie van den Heever G2G2 (2k points)

Hi Maggie and welcome to the South African Roots Project , we're very happy to have you as a member of our team, so thanks for joining ! Greetings and have a wonderful day - the South African Roots Team :)   

 

ek het Gou bietjie hulp nodig.

my nooiens van is Bezuidenhoudt en ook so gespel op my geboorte sertifikaat.

al die "records" wat ek kry van my familie word dit slegs met n "t" gespel. Hoe moet ek jul add/verander

 

volgens die Id boekies/ander bewyse wat ek het, is dit "dt

Hi Maggie

Ek praat van slegs die profiele na 1807 m.a.aw. die wat onder SA Roots val en nie die wat onder Cape of Good Hope val nie. (1652-1807)  Laasgenoemde moet jy asseblief nie verander nie. 

As jy die bewyse op WikiTree sit stel ek voor jy skryf / tik die van soos op die bewyse.  As ons dan later die oorspronklike dokumentasie vind en daar is verskille kan ons op daardie stadium 'n verandering maak indien dit nodig is. 

Dankie vir jou harde werk en voorspoed. :-D 

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Dankie Louis! I would love to be part of this project. With my latest GEDCOM upload I sort of am part of it by default already haha.

I would love to be more connected to the South African community seeking out their/our so varied ancestral roots.

I have ancestral links to van der Merwe's, Smit's, du Toit's and many more. I also have 1820 settler roots as well as "Coloured" links.
by Simon Crossan G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Hi everyone!

So glad I got sent this link!!!!!! My whole family is born and bread in SA. Then they were on the list as the first families to be sent to 'Rhodesia' qith Rhodes. I have most of the paperwork for my dads family as they ALL come from England. My mothers dads side is a bit of an issue. Surnames were changed and 1 in particular I can find ANYWHERE :'( I am stuck on Hamman who changed to Hammond, maybe even Hammon and Hammol??!?!?! Last 1 I could find was the Rhodesian pioneer George William. Then the HUGE blank is my GGM... Guiney, born in East london (sylvia Marie Jane) and her father is Joseph... cant find him at all. I absolutely LOVE reasearch and would do it as a job if I could. Hope I can help others, its incredibly interesting to know where you come from xxx
by Steph Fletcher G2G Crew (350 points)

Hi Simon and Steph 

Welcome to the South African Roots Project , we're very happy to have you as a member of our team, so thanks for joining ! Greetings and have a wonderful day - the South African Roots Team :)

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Hi,  I am Joe (O'Carroll-66) and with the majority help from my niece we have mapped almost the entire family back to the 15th century and was  DNA tested to ensure accuracy . We then embarked on moving outward, firstly one relation on all sides of the existing relatives, and then two relations - e.g. my sister-in-laws father and his ancestors. The detail we have found is quite incredible as my ancestors are well documented and there are a number of publications or family written books recording a great deal of data. I recently visited Ireland and saw my grandfathers house and 3 of the many castles my ancestors robbed others of, and plan to visit Turkey next year to see where other family lived at a time when Turkey was a great exporting country. My wife's family is proving difficult and I think that by joining I may be able to enhance the records in that branch of the family tree.
by Joe O'Carroll G2G Crew (500 points)

Hi Joe

Welcome to the South African Roots project. Hope you will have an very productive and wonderful time here ! 

I recommend you add South African Roots and Wiese to your tags. This helps other people find your page and enable you to follow discussions  about your line of interest. 

Enjoy a wonderful day filled with happiness. 

The team

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Hi, yes I have South African roots. Everyone except my paternal grandfather has been in South Africa for more than four generations, with many on my mother's side tracing right back to the first fifty years of European settlement.  My husband's side is mostly 1820 settlers (no-one more recent than that. I have been researching these families for around 45 years (my interest started in my teens).  I am currently focussing on the post 1700 phase as this is the most neglected in all the families in which I have an interest, but am also interested in working on the earlier period. As an historian I have experience working with archival sources and enjoy unravelling historical puzzles. Please accept me as part of the project.
by Sharon Caldwell G2G6 (8.5k points)
Hi Sharon,

Welcome, your request is being processed for your badge.
Thanks.
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Five years ago, myself, the SAG/SAF registers nor the great "1975 VAN DYK boek" new who my great-grandparents were. Well I was one up on "them", I knew my grandparents ;-)
Today I can tell you that Willem Casparus Johannes VAN DYK *23.07.1835 did not have any children by his wife Johanna Margaretha GROENEWALD. He re-married after her death and at the age of 67 had his first child called Willem Johannes, my grandfather.
He had another 5 children, the last born when he was 82 years old!
...but, my "luck" does not end there, Willem Casparus Johannes's grandfather was Andries Nicolaas VAN DYK *cir1780, the bloke the "official" registers could not place and thought that he must have come from the Netherlands! Very unlikely, as he declared that he was from "Cabo de Goede Hoop" at his wedding to (you guessed it) another VAN DYK, Johanna Catharina *cir1787
At this moment we are waiting for DNA results from descendants to see if we can figure out if Andries N. was related to one of the first two VAN DYK brother, Joost & Burgert.
Regards, Wilhelm
by Wilhelm van Dyk G2G Crew (350 points)
Hi Wilhelm

Nice of you to share your genealogical journey with us.

Wow what a ride hey

Hope your test will conceal all.

I would love to hear from you again once your test are back.

This is of interest to many a family here in South Africa

Do let us know the outcome please.

Warm Regards Ronel

ps: do let us know should you like and/or when you are ready to join the project. It will be an honour to have you! .

Hi Wilhelm,

Jy het die meeste van Dyks in jou stamlyn privaat gemaak so dit is moeilik om jou te help met jou stamboom of om bronne na te gaan. Al wat ek wel met sekerheid vir jou kan sê is dat Casper Joh's van Dijk wie met Anna Louisa Johanna Mathee getroud is 1900, 23 jr oud was en sy 28. Maar miskien is dit nie jou familie nie.

Ronel, I will most certainly share any new information as it comes available.
I would also like to join your project as I believe others can then help correct my profiles on WikiTree.
Since my Gedcom was uploaded a while ago, I got involved with another Van Dyk project, which takes up most of my free time and I'm unable to maintain both.
Louis, dankie dat jy my onthou het, daai MATTHEE is eintlik die verkeerde een en ek sal die regte informasie vandag bywerk. Die regte een het eers gedurende Desember verlede jaar aan die lig gekom.
Ek het ook nie met opset die profiele privaat gemaak nie, nadat my Gedcom opgelaai was destyds, was van hulle automaties so gemerk.
As daar 'n "knoppie" iewers is by WikiTree om almal oop te maak sal ek dit doen, maar kennis ontbreek my.
Goeie more Wilhelm

Sien uit daarna om meer te leer. Ons wonder mos almal al jare oor hierdie van Dyk, :-D

Baie welkom by die South African Roots projek. Ons sal ons bes doen om jou te akkomodeer. :-P
...conceal? ..... Freudian slip ? :) ...just joking of course
+5 votes
Hello

I would like to join the South African Roots Project..

My g/grandmother Salomina Susanna Boswell came from  two ppp families, Visage and Van Dijk. My grandmother, my father and his siblings were all born in S Africa. My grandfather, born in UK went to S Africa in 1890 and became Chief Medical Officer at the Jaggersfontein Diamond Mines.. He was commended for bravery in bringing wounded soldiers into the hospital under fire in the Boer War. He was also Mayor of Jaggersfontein in about 1911. All my first cousins now live in S Africa, so I have many interests in the country which I was fortunate enough to visit in 1989.
by Valerie Crowley G2G6 Mach 1 (12k points)
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Good day members,

I am Cyril David Walker and have been busy with my Family Tree for the past 4 years.

I am so happy to see that there is a South-African community on Wikitree.

My main branches are Walker and Carnell with sub-branches that include Davidson and Sutherland.

I would love to be apart of the South-African Roots project. If anyone has any knowledge on the above families your help will be highly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
 

Dave Walker

by Dave Walker G2G Crew (350 points)
+5 votes
Hi

I am Dorrington-71

Have recently found a copy of The Blakes of South Africa ISBN: 0-86988-619-3 which lists most decendants (and marriage partners) of Blake-4438

Regards
Gerald Dorrington
by Gerald Dorrington G2G Crew (350 points)
Hi Gerald,

That publication is probably very interesting to read. I don't think there are many surviving copies.

I have already added extracted data to some wikitree profiles, but I cannot access the profiles controlled by South African Roots Project

All the profiles should be open. Can you give me examples please.
For Blake-4438 I can add no images
I checked, the profile is open. You should be able to add an image. Use this link

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:UploadPhoto&person_id=15697330
Thank you! Managed to load a scan of one of the book pages
Nice, too bad the didn't source but it still makes a good leads page.
Sorry to be a nuisance but I think there is something missing in your last reply?

Yes, sorry, had to urgently attend to something else.  The book, and the page you uploaded, is copyrighted, You can do transcriptions from it, but you cannot publish a page from the book. It is still a good source for leads to start your research from. Also I need you to have a look at the project's help pages please. You will also have to be more careful about the creation of duplicates. It would be a good idea to check the profiles on your current watchlist for duplicates you created.

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Nie seker of ek al reeds lid is nie. Doen navorsing en probeer volledige geslagsregister van die Trichardt familie opstel
by Kobus Trichardt G2G Crew (510 points)
Nog nie Kobus, maar dit kan reggestel word  :-)

Ek sal jou bewapen en 'n uitnodiging na die poslys stuur,

Kyk uit daarvoor. :-D
+6 votes
Hi

Dit sal 'n voorreg wees om by hierdie projek aan te sluit.  Is nou al 'n paar jaar wat ek probeer om iewers te kom met ons stamboom, maar omdat ek nie meer in SA is nie, is dit nogal moeilik om toegang tot dokumentasie te kry vir die korrekte inligting.  My 2de neef een keer verwyder (nie seker of dit die korrekte Afrikaanse uitdrukking is nie) het ook nou by Wikitree aangesluit en hy het al klaar heelwat inligting gehad en so die boom goed uitgebrei en die konneksie gemaak tot by Krotoa (Eva van Meerhoff).

Sal baie graag ander konneksies met my stamboom wil maak.

Anna Sophia (Ansie) Lenegan néé Mostert
by Anna Lenegan G2G Crew (380 points)
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Yup, Sedert 1652.   
Hopelik kan ek bydra en kan samewerking ons almal se navorsing makliker maak.
by Johan Potgieter G2G2 (2.5k points)
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Hi All

I am researching my Grandparents down the Mc Lean and Du Preez Family names.

It is so awesome to see so much work has already been carried out and I hope I can contribute.

 

thanks

Warwick Mclean
by Warwick McLean G2G Crew (350 points)
Hi Warwick,

Welcome, our leader is a bit on leave but as soon as she returns your badge can be issued.

Hi Warwick

A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel

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I am Alisdair Morison Tait. On my mothers side "Jacob Clote" 1625-1693 is my 10th great grandfather. A stamvader. He helped lay the foundation of the Cape Colony. My father's family arrived from Scotland, and pre-date the 1820 settlers. My 4th Great Grandfather, Murdoch Morison is recorded in the cape on the birth of his daughter in 1797.

I have the start of a tree here on WikiTree and a vast tree on Ancestry.
by Alisdair Tait G2G Crew (350 points)
Hi Alisdair,

Welcome, our leader is a bit on leave but as soon as she returns your badge can be issued.

Hi Alisdair,

A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel

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Yes my roots are 100% South African.

Nobody knows me as Izak.  My mother called me that when....well you know the rest.....and that happened rather often.

At this stage my sources are own recollections, and a document from GISA in Stellenbosch "COETZEE FAMILIE IN SUID_AFRIKA" 1991.  To be used as a guide only of course, the information never to be used as "certain".

 

Ignorance is bliss....pragtige gesegde. Ek het >300 inskrywings gemaak in 3 dae :)....en nog omtrent 7000 Coetzees se (onbevestigde) inligting  Nou begin die (minder maklike) werk om feite te kry.

 

Special interest of course the Coetzee/Coetsee family tree, but also Van Zyl, my mothers side.  Also Stapelberg (my grandchildren)

 

Kind Regards

Izak (SAKKIE!!!!) Coetzee

Coetzee-2223
by Izak Jacobus Coetzee G2G3 (3.8k points)
Hi Sakkie

Welcome, our leader is a bit on leave but as soon as she returns your badge can be issued.

Hi Sakkie

A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way 

 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel

+5 votes
Count me in too. Most of my ancestry consists of 1860's British immigrants, with some predating that with Dutch/German origins. Baxter, Green, Cusworth, Hunkin, Baumann, Scholtz , De Moldrup are some of the names. By no means an expert, but great if I can contribute with what I've already found out.
by Richard Baxter G2G3 (3.6k points)
Sure Richard, welcome,. Our Leader is on leave a bit, but as soon as she returns we will get you your badge

Hi Richard

A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way 

 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel

+6 votes
I would like to join the South African roots project, I am currently researching Doust, Lundin and Cilliers in South Africa.

Doust being predomanently from England and Lundin from Sweden and Cilieers from the Cape.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (343k points)
and by the way I am tweetalig, ek kan flot afrikans praat

Hi Shaun

A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way 

 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel

Baie dankie Ronel, Ek Waardeur die Aanvaar, Ek sien uit om saam julle te werk.
+5 votes
Yes, I do have South African roots, and I have been been researching my genealogy for many years, focussed on the Snyman family.
by Trevor Snyman G2G Crew (620 points)
Hi Trevor

 A warm welcome and please do ask if we can assist you in any way

 

Hartlik welkom en vra gerus indien ons met enigiets kan help

Warm Regards

Vriendelike groete

Ronel
Haai Ronel,

 

Dankie vir die vriendelike groete. Ek werk al lank aan die familie boom, en ek is nou besig om die hele heenkoms op te skryf in wat ek Lewens Boeke noem. In die boeke is daar 'n stuk van een en elk van die mense wat in my familie is, van Groote Catrijn af tot by my dogters. Dit gaan lank vat, en daar is nog baie om uit te vind van hoe die mense gelewe het, watter werk kulle gedoen he, ens. Ek sal alle help waardeur,

Vriendelike groet van my ook.

 

Trevor Snyman
Dit klink baie interesant Trevor.

Vra gerus direkte vra waar jy ookal vashaak. Ons is altyd bereid om hiermee te help as ons kan.  Lekker soek en dankie by voorbaat vir jou bydrae.
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I would be glad to join the SA Roots initiative.
by Gert Kruger G2G1 (1.2k points)

A warm welcome to the SA Roots project Gert. We are looking forward to your contributions on the Kruger family in South Africa.  Do ask if your need any help with the South African Roots way of Styles and Standards or anything else WikiTree related. 

Hartlik welkom by SA Roots projek Gert. Ons sien uit na jou bydrae tot die Kruger familie.  Vra gerus as jy hulp nodig het met ons standaarde en styl asook enigiets omtrent WikiTree self.

Namens die SA Roots span

Ronel 

 

 

 

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