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Johan De Smidt

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I want to know where in the Netherlands my part of the De Smidt family, who are now in South Africa, are from. I also want to know more about my family tree further back than my paternal grandfather, Johannes Willem de Smidt, and my maternal grandfather, Jannie Cronje, and maternal grandmother, Tiekie Dumas. My dad was Wentzel Christoffel de Smidt and mom Hendrina Elzabe Cronje. Both are deceased.
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Mr Johan W. De Smidt
Born 1960s.
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I am the 59-year-old (in September 2020) son of Wentzel, Christoffel "Wennie" de Smidt and Hendrina Elzabe "Henna" de Smidt (nee Cronje).

I attended Laerskool Vredelus (Bellville, 1967), Laerskool Welgemoed, Laerskool Fairlands, Laerskool Durbanville, Laerskool Boskop before matriculating at Hoërskool Linden in 1978.

I have three degrees: a BA (Law) and Hons (Journalism), both from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Master's in Homeopathy from the Durban University of Technology.

I was married to Tania de Smidt (nee Beytell) until 2002.

We have two children: Katinka de Smidt (b 30.11.1992, Durban) and Jean Alexander Beytell de Smidt (b 18.10.1995, Durban).

I have mostly worked as a journalist and am currently a text editor at Business Day.


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Hi Johannes, a warm 'South African' welcome to WikiTree! Many / most of the South African genealogical lines and profiles (such as that of your progenitor De_Smidt-298) of the eigtheenth and seventeenth periods (and earlier) have already been made. Many have also been validated with primary sources. Duplicates, which are problematic because they cause a lot of unnecessary work for all inlvolved, should be avoided at all cost. When you create profiles, the system won't show duplicates already existing when the LNAB's (LastNameAtBaptism/Birth) are spelled in different ways. You need to search manually first, sort by date, and then find the already existing profiles. A few handy links to get you started:
  1. Getting Started
  2. Adding to WikiTree.
  3. Pre-1700 Quiz (self-certifying in order to understand better how to do pre-1700 genealogical work on WikiTree)
  4. What are duplicates? Why should and how can they be avoided?
  5. G2G Help - for any questions you may have ....

Perhaps you would like to join the South African Roots Project ? Besides links to sources, there are help pages that might also be useful.

South Africa as such and the provinces did not exist until the 20th century - please ‘’hide’’ the automatic place names suggestions for pre-1900 South African profiles!

(In Afrikaans) - in Suid-Afrika, Nederland en elders word die tussenvoegsel in vanne met klein letters gespel, tensy dit anders op die primêre rekords gespel word, byvoorbeeld van der Merwe, van der Walt, van den Berg, du Preez, de Villiers ens. Die vanne wat aangemaak word met tussenvoegsels in hoofletters (dit gebeur automaties in WikiTree) , kan jy regmaak deur dit in “edit” mode te verander in 'n van met klein tussenvoegsels (met as rede aangee dat dit die konvensie is vir Afrikaanse vanne), en dan weer te “save”.

posted by Philip van der Walt
Hi Johannes, and thank you for upgrading, 😊

I am very pleased to welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

It is best to start with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

You mentioned that you don’t know much about your family tree yet. I assume you are new to genealogy.

No problem! Every genealogist is a beginner at some point.

Take your time, keep track of sources and ask questions. Check here for tips.

Happy tree climbing

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

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