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

+5 votes
I am a descendant of the du Toit family and Combrinck/Combrink/van Heerden/Haarhof families. I have captured my family tree on all the web based research pages that I could find, and have officially been diagnosed with Geneology Research Disorder. My husband says I have disappeared into a family tree vortex. I need to find all my ancestors, and wish to assist in ongoing projects.
by Sonja Hoile G2G2 (2.4k points)
Baie welkom Sonja

Dankie vir jou nota, en hier mag jy Afrikaans praat :-D

Sien uit na jou bydrae tot ons globale boom.

Ons kan verslaafdes (GRD) heel goed gebruik :-P

Vra gerus as jy enige hulp nodig het met die verstaan van ons manier van werk in die SA Roots projek, of enigiets anders waarmee jy sukkel. WikiTree is so bietjie anders as die ander werwe en ons verstaan as nuwe lede in die begin vashaak, maar dit is hoekom ons daar is om te help, want WikiTree is die allerbeste webwerf, en as jy eers vertroud is met alles, sommer heel maklik.:-

SA Roots Span
+5 votes
Yes,I do have South African Roots and are currently trying to find some birth records of ancestors.

Salome
by Salome Truter G2G Crew (350 points)
Welkom Salome

Ek sien uit daarna om met jou saam te werk.

Ek vertrou jy het reeds  die Tuisblad oor ons doen en late gelees,

As jy  egter nog vrae het of dinge nog onduidelik is vra  gerus. Ons help graag.

Groete

namens die SA Roots span.
+5 votes
My family background and makeup is probably pretty similar to that of many he other researchers. I'm the descendant of numerous pre and post 1820 settlers with familiar names like Goulding, Pike, Stevens and Bolus. The Cape Town settlers were more middle class and did things like make contributions to UCT and founding the first stock brokers, whereas the 1820 settlers from Port Elizabeth were manual labourers. Social mobility changed all that quite rapidly. Apart from my interest in the development of the footprint around the Eastern Cape and in Cape Town, a sizeable part of the family lived near Viljoenskroon. My challenges are often to do with Catholic families that have not left many records available online. There remain some interesting questions concerning the role (or lack thereof) of a couple of Stevens' in the Lobengula discussions and subsequent Matabele wars.
by Walter Stevens G2G Crew (350 points)
Welcome Walter

Thank you for posting here. !!

Nice to meet you. :-D

On the SA Roots homepage we have a lot of information that could help you  !

Do visit [https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots Home page] There is also a sub project for the 1820 Settlers, and lots of information for historical correct place names and links to many different sources.

I am sure you wil find it very handy :-P

Should you like to join our group, do follow the instructions on how to join, we will be happy and it will be a privilege, to add you to our team.

You are also welcome to ask for help on any profile (using the comment box)  or via direct mail, and we will do our best to assist.

Happy hunting and enjoy your stay at WikiTree  !!
Thanks Ronel and Walter sorry a bit late but I aware you the badge now, welcome to the team !
+5 votes

I have been researching my family tree for just over a year now so I still have lots to learn.

I am interested in researching my South African roots, especially in a project that places emphasis on confirming relationships with sources.

by Jan du Plessis G2G Crew (360 points)
Hi Jan

A warm welcome to the South African Roots project.

We will give you a badge as soon  as possible, but in the meantime you can read on this page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots

our rules and how to

There are also lots of helpful links under the resources heading to aid your search for your family.
Thanks Ronel and welcome to the team Jan, you now have the badge, have fun and happy hunting and if you have questions just ask we all are happy to help :)
+5 votes
Hi,

at the moment I am trying to establish the van der Bank line backwards from my grandfather Zirk Izak van der Bank (father possibly Dirk).  Hoping to connect the dots to Johannes van den/der Bank circa 1722.

Anny help would be appreciated
by Jaulanne van der Bank G2G4 (4.3k points)
A warm welcome to the South African Roots project.

We will give you a badge as soon  as possible, but in the meantime you can read on this page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots

our rules and how to join the mail group

There are also lots of helpful links under the resources heading to aid your search for your family.
+5 votes
My name is Grant McDuling. I was born in Johannesburg and served in the SA Navy for 16 years. I have been researching my tree for around 20 years now and am a descendant of Gen Christiaan de Wet. I'd love to participate in the Boer War project. I now live in Australia and have a branch of the family that migrated to SA in 1901.
by Grant McDuling G2G1 (1.9k points)

Hi  Grant

A warm welcome to the South African Roots project.

We will give you a badge as soon  as possible, but in the meantime you can read on this page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots 
all about our rules and also how to join the mail groups

There are also lots of helpful links under the resources heading to aid your search for your family.

I will also add your name to the ABW project as member, looking forward to see you in the tree  :-D 

+5 votes
Hi Louis, i would like to join the South African Roots project, i'm not sure when my family can to S.A., it looks like the late 1700's. I have a few family members on my tree and the are all South African and if possible like to contribute in building the tree.

Regards

Andrinette (Lange) Gouws
by Andrinette Gouws G2G Crew (350 points)
Welcome to the South African Roots Project Andrinette, if you have questions or needs some help, just ask we all are happy to help !
Welcome Andrinette

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
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I am busy with my family tree, which has both 1820 Settler and French Heugenot roots (as well as some more recent immigrants to RSA).

The more recent arrivals are actually proving the most challenging!

Please let me join the SA Roots Project
by Nicola Godfrey G2G Crew (350 points)
Welcome to the South African Roots Project Nicola, I awarded you the badge and added a welcome message to your profile with links to where you can find all info about the project, and our Suid Afrikaanse Portaal where you can find everything explained in Afrikaans. Happy Hunting and have fun ! :)
Welcome Nicola

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
+5 votes
Yes, I have South African roots.  Was born there and have 1820 Settler ancestry.
by Hank van de Weg G2G Crew (350 points)

Welcome to the South African Roots Project Hank and will award you the badge to make it official wink Happy hunting and have fun !

Welcome Hank

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
+5 votes
I would love to join. My Mother's side is South African, going back to the first French Huguenots to arrive. The surname I am researching is Du Preez, originally Du Prè. .Hercule Du Preez was the original French Huguenot, and I am descended from his daughter Jeanne Du Pré.

Mary-Ann Griesse
by Mary-Ann Griesse G2G Crew (350 points)
Welcome to the South African Roots Project Mary-Ann we are happy to have you, I think, if you didn't already, you will find your deeper ancestors are already present so you probably can connect your family to one of the present families already :)

And of course if you need some help or have questions, just ask we all are happy to help !
A warm Welcome  Mary-Ann

We look forward with working with you on your South African Family

If you need help in any way, feel free to contact me  via my profile page

Warm Regards

R
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I am Stephanus (Skip) Scheepers, started using Wikitree as a mechanism to document rhe family research my father started. Now I find it hard to stop!  

My main interests are in the era 1820-1920 and specifically the areas where my ancestors lived i.e. Graaff-Reinet, Natal and then North-Eastern Free State.

I would like to join the SA roots project.
by Stephanus Scheepers G2G Crew (460 points)
Welcome to the South African Roots Project Stephanus we're very happy to have you as a member of our team, if you have any questions or need some help, just ask we all are happy to help !

Happy  hunting and have fun :)
Welcome Stephanus

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
+5 votes
I have been using WikiTree for a little while now and have specific interest in the Laubscher, Koster & Le Grange branches. I have been liaising with Melt Loubser about the Laubscher side and would like to improve that branch based on information he's been providing me.

Whilst I now live in Australia, I still have quite a lot of family in South Africa.

Regards

Andre Laubscher
by Johannes Laubscher G2G Crew (350 points)
Welcome Johannes

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
+4 votes
Hello

I would like to join the South African roots project, as I am "made in South Africa", it is my country of birth aswell as my parents.

I love all the SA history and poking around in all I canfind.

Defnetely very proudly South African.

Regards
by Janette Engelbrecht G2G4 (4.8k points)
Welcome Janette

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
+4 votes

Hi, 

My name is Ruth Smith (born de Meyer) and I have been doing my Family Genealogy for the past 4 years. The branches that I am focusing on is Smith (Husbands family), de Meyer, van Zyl (Mothers family), Roodt (Mum-in Laws family). The de Meyer family goes back to 1639 details (first one is SA was Pierre 1668). The Roodt family goes back to Daniel Johannes born 1725 (first Roodt in SA).

I would love to be a part of this project.

by Ruth Smith G2G1 (1.2k points)
Welcome Ruth

So glad you joined us here  at SA Roots

Warm regards

Ronel
I am looking forward to this. Have some much to learn.
+3 votes
hi, i have traced both paternal and maternal lines back to arriving at the Cape in the late 1600's.  i wish to join the project in order to bolster data i have collected thus far.
by Robin Swanepoel G2G1 (1.4k points)
Welcome to the project, Robin

Susan
+2 votes
My mother was born in South Africa. I am interested in the following surnames: Minott, Dednam/Debnam/Debenham, Rickards/Richards, Hayward, Pristow, Hancock, Towning

Particularly interested in Hancock currently, since my great-grandfather Hancock's details are vague.

Actually, I'm missing my great-grandfather Willie Minott's details too and would like to fill those in.
by Pierre de Prez G2G Rookie (260 points)
+2 votes
Hi, I have South African roots and would love to join the project. Pretty please may I join?

Kindest regards

Pam (researching names :Slaughter, Cormac, Cannon, Riddle, Bester, Bezuidenhout, Ward-Watson, Foulis, Mackie...and many others. Am always hoping to collaborate and keen to help, never hesitate to contact me)
by Pamela Cormac G2G1 (1.8k points)
Hi Pamela

Yes dear... Since you asked so nicely off cause :-D

A warm welcome to the South African Project. Hope you will enjoy every moment you spend here. We look forward to working with you and do ask if you need help in any way.

Warm Regards R
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Ek dink nie ek het al hier ingeskryf nie maar sal graag deel wil wees.
by Ewald Schmidt G2G2 (2k points)
Hi Ewald

Dankie vir jou belangstelling

Baie welkom by die Suid Afrikaanse groep.

Dit is vir ons 'n voorreg om jou lidmaatskap wapen aan jou te voorsien,
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Hi

I'm hoping this group is still active as I've been trying for 2 years to find a definitive line for both myself and my husband's family, and have been struggling a lot.

My family is Grobler (Paternal Grandfather Coert/Koert Nicolaas Grobler; Grandmother Martha Elizabeth Grobler, nee Steenkamp) (Maternal Grandfather Christoffel Rudolf Johannes Mouton; Grandmother Elsje Johanna Mouton, nee Klein/Kleyn)

My husband's family is Steenkamp (Patenal Grandfather Andries Petrus Steenkamp; Grandmother Elsa Steenkamp)(Maternal Grandfather Deon Thiart; Grandmother Rosa Thiart)

Any advice and direction will be much appreciated!

Jamie-Lee
by Jamie-Lee Steenkamp G2G Rookie (260 points)

Hi Jamie-Lee, Welcome, I see that you are very new to WikiTree. On WikiTree members collaborate mostly on profiles which are privacy open and deceased except for a few living notables. If you really need help and expect feedback, open profiles with all known information, that way we can see what you see. Just a few names without dates and places and private profiles is not going to help.

If You would like to join the project The requirements are simple. After you volunteered on WikiTree:

Sign the Honor Code
Become a WikiTree Genealogist

+2 votes
I would love to join the South African Roots project. I lived most of my young life in Rhodesia and South Africa, married there and had my first child there. My sisters both married South Africans
by Ivonne Heijst G2G1 (1.7k points)
A warm welcome to the South African Project Ivonne

Looking forward to collaborate with you on our huge South African Tree.

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