Sharon Caldwell
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Sharon Caldwell

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Sharon Caldwell
Born 1950s.
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Sharon Caldwell is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
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Sharon Caldwell South African 1820 Settler and Descendants
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Hierdie gebruiker het 'n basiese begrip van Afrikaans.

I was born in Durban in 1958, where my father was a dance teacher for Arthur Murray's. With the exception of my paternal grandfather, who was an English seaman who married a South African woman, my South African roots go deep, and some of my ancestors were amongst the earliest people from Europe to set foot here. I have Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Indian, Indonesian and possibly Madagascan, as well as English and Irish, including Manx and Channel Island ancestors. I haven't been able to prove Scottish yet, but hey, Grant has to be Scottish at some point. Among my forebears are slaves and slave-owners, the owners of huge wine farms at the Cape, and dismally poor mineworkers and sailors in the slums of Liverpool, and agricultural laborers in Dorset. Quite a mix. I have Voortrekkers and prospectors, and two 1820 settler families.

We moved to Johannesburg when I was very young and I grew up in Hillbrow. When I was sixteen my mother remarried and we moved to Cape Town where I completed High School at Milnerton High School. I lived in Cape Town until 1984 when my then-finance convinced me to move to the Eastern Cape where we lived first in King William's Town and then in East London.

I have always had a fascination for history and family history. As a child I become interested in my family history as my Great-grandfather was George Walker who was one of the claimants to discovering the main reef of the Witwatersrand. I grew up with stories of early Johannesburg and how my great-grandmother was in a concentration camp while her husband and sons were transport riders for the British. Somehow their marriage survived and they went on to have a huge brood of children and grandchildren. My grandfather told me stories of the time when he was on the HMS Rodney and they were sent in search of the Bismarck, and that he was in charge of the big guns that fired the first salvo which eventually sank the German battleship.

I have a B.A. Honours, in History and in my final year wrote a [short research paper] that has gained some recognition. Because I found the first legislated urban segregation in South Africa it is fairly widely cited.

After a brief confusion of wanting to be a Chartered Accountant, and spending two miserable years pursuing a B.Com I ended up, more or less by accident, as a teacher. Not only did I enjoy that, it turned out I was reasonably good at it too. Then I had my two sons and got drawn into Montessori education which trapped me. I started a small school which ran for ten years, then got into supporting Montessori school leaders.

Now I am an almost retired Montessori consultant (I do run off to interesting places every now and so often) putting most of my energy into researching family history rather than trying to find the best ways to help children learn to read.

My little private project has become a passion after discovering WikiTree and meeting some rather amazing and kind people here. I now spend most days working on the various profiles I manage and dipping into some that aren't even in my own trees.

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Hi Sharon. For the profiles being created with a source citation of "Dunbar-Dunbar" can you please be more specific? Pre-1700 profiles are held to a higher standard. The title of the book would be appropriate, publication date (1898), and the page number, and even the link to the book online, which is available free, here:

Thank you, Becky Thames-Simmons ~ WikiTree Ranger

I have already replied elsewhere. I don't actually appreciate this condescending message about a "higher standard"!. If you had looked at my profile you would notice that I am an experienced wikitree member who has worked on a great many profiles. The profiles in question are work in progress and the full citations appear in other profiles in this family. I appreciate the work done by Rangers, but the school-teacher tone is not appreciated. I have been using the book in question for a long time (look at the other profiles I am working on in this family.
posted by Sharon Caldwell
Hi Sharon

Just a heads up and to give you time to prepare should you like to join in the fun

The next spring Connect-a-Thon will be 21-24 April 2023

Warm regards Ronel

Hi Ronel - I would love to participate but unfortunately I have to work that weekend. Really sad to be missing it.


posted by Sharon Caldwell
Invitation to communicate, ask questions or just chat before or during the Source a Thon

Our Team Springbokke. Source-a-Thon 2022 Chat Room Link

Kindest Regards ~ Ronel ~ South African Roots

Thank you very much Sharon.... .. You are a Star!!!

Please add your Name and allocated Badge number to this page.

Looking forward to have you on our team !!!

Registration 2022 Source-a-Thon!  :

Will you join us?

To register, just click the ANSWER button and say "Sign me up!" and include South Africa team Springbokke

It would be great to "see" you there!

Kindest Regards ~ Ronel ~ South African Roots Leader

Hi Sharon,

It's almost time for the annual Connect-a-Thon, we'd love it if you could join us!

The event is being held from Friday, January 14th - Monday 17th.

Holding thumbs we "see" you there ~ Pam

Hi Sharon,

The United Kingdom Project has not been active since 2018 and we are now completely closing it down. We are removing all UK project badges. If you still have an interest in the UK and have not already joined another project, then you will need to join the England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales Project by answering one or more of their G2G posts. If your interest is in the British Isles and British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, then please contact me directly.

Regards Joan

Hi Sharon. I see you created a profile for Sophia Maria Clack, married to Mattheus Johannes Van der Bijl. She’s not linked to any parents but in the comments it says she is the daughter of Joseph Edward Clack & Clara Isabel Prinsloo. Sophia and Mattheus were my grandparents and both had passed away by the time my dad was 5 so we know very little about his family. I’m trying to trace everyone. Do you have a source connecting her to the parents listed? Thanks so much. Ps are you related to the Clacks?
Hi, Sharon!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Span Springbokke

Top 6 Thank you Sharon for all your hard work. Go Bokke


Good Luck and have lots of fun this weekend with the Source -a- Thon starting tomorrow

All contributions are appreciated and in the end we will all be winners, because our South African tree will be better !!

Thanks in advance for your help !!

Tune in for the WikiTree LiveCast - Tree Chat, talking about Sources and where to find unsourced profiles for the upcoming Source -a thon profiles. Hoag!YouTube:


Thanks Sharon

I found you !! Welcome to our team

Hi Sharon

I can not find your post here :

Please help, Do you perhaps know the page number?

Thanks in advance Ronel

Good afternoon to all our members

We hope you are all well

Great News !!!

The South African Springboks team are excited to announce that The registration for the Source a Thon is live

Please join us to make our South African profiles better !!

The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team

You can participate by answering Here to receive your pug number.

Please also confirm that you would like to join the SA Springboks. We need al the help we can get !!

After registration please add you name to this page

Join us in the chat room and for a chat or ask your questions Talk

Warm Regards and blessings

SA Springbok team

Hi Sharon. It looks like you've created a large number of unsourced profiles, with no indication of where they may have been born, or lived. It would be a huge help for people trying to add sources (or screen for duplicates), if you made an attempt to even add the country or birth, and other information to these profiles.
posted by Brad Foley
I am working on all those profiles and the sources are coming. What is your interest here?
posted by Sharon Caldwell
I'm working on profiles in Newfoundland with similar surnames. When I try to create profiles, and check for duplicates; or check to see if a family line exists in a tree, it makes it very difficult for me to evaluate, what is going on when I see large number of these uninformative profiles. Without sources, or places, it becomes very very difficult.

It's a huge help for everyone working all across WikiTree if you can add as much detail as possible when you create a profile. Even the country where a person is born will help.

posted by Brad Foley
Okay I added country to the birthplace of a couple of those profiles, so they won't cause problems for other researchers, while you look for more detailed information and sources.
posted by Brad Foley
Hi Sharon,

it looks like there were loads of Futter family in the Eastern Cape - the Futter family I've posted also have a connect with Whittal. I couldn't see any immediate overlap of your profiles, so this is to say Hi, great to meet on Wikitree and give you the Futter connect person from where my family interest starts - Stay well in these difficult times, Moira

posted by Moira Macdonald
Thanks for getting in touch. It is great to have someone else actively working on this very large family. Let me know if you get stuck. I have Heather Gane's Futter book which is a great resource, although for WikiTree one does also have to find documents. If you don't have the book and need any lookups let me know. Anyhow - I'm happy to help. I haven't looked at that line for a long time as I am currently working on Webbs (my husbands maternal line is Futter and paternal line is Webb). I have just looked at your page and how it connects to the Futter profiles I set up and realise I should get back to them - some are woefully lacking in sources!
posted by Sharon Caldwell
Hi Sharon,

good to hear back so soon - I have heard of Heather Gane's book, including some-one who posted on Facebook saying it is not absolutely accurate in parts. I'm on a closed Facebook page called Hogg whitfield nicolaysen hulbert macdonald oliver taylor innes futter - and also has members posting info and photos of the Whittal family members. [1]

As in all Facebook timelines finding anything gets difficult the further you go back - and at the moment the members are posting off-topic photos to do with coronavirus lockdowns. Thanks for the offer of help when I go back to adding in that part of my 'tree' :) Best regards Moira

posted by Moira Macdonald
Yes, there are some errors and a lot of information that isn't sourced, but it is really helpful for clues and connections, especially for more recent family members where documents are hard to find. I have left most Facebook pages due to off topic (and too often racist) posts.
posted by Sharon Caldwell
Hi Sharon!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Sharon,

I've not heard back from your regarding the England Project check-in. I've sent two messages to you previously. I hope you are ok.

One of the requirements for England Project membership is that you respond to the check-ins. Requirements can be found on the England Project page. I've gone ahead and removed you from the project. We are sorry to see you go but you would be most welcome to rejoin via the G2G sign up post at any time.

Best wishes,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Gloucestershire. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
You enquired about Murray-6682 and Murray-6677. All solid input, tidying up and tagging are welcome! Thanks for the heads up.
posted by Dennis Maeder Ph.D.
Hi Sharon. Thanks for your message on William Henry Mallison's page. My only link to Mallisons is through him because he married a Cushion who is descended from one of my ancestors. I haven't come across your Mallison family from Liverpool before but looking at your research about Henry and Alice the circumstantial evidence does seem to suggest they were siblings or possibly cousins.
posted by Ray Hawkes
Hi Sharon

On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy

posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Hi Sharon,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Thank you Sharon, you are doing great work.

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