Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen
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Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen

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Esmé van der Westhuizen formerly Pieterse aka Caven
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2011
This page has been accessed 35,964 times.
Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen was a RAWKER in the We Will RAWK You Event.
Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen solved 10 or more Unknowns in the October 2022 Unknowns Project Skeletons in the Closet Challenge.
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Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
Hierdie gebruiker se moedertaal is Afrikaans.
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Deze gebruiker heeft basis kennis van de Nederlandse taal.
ACCOUNT CONFIRMED 1 June 2011. Date changed due to a merge.


Esmé Grant is the child of Gerhardus Andreas Pieterse and Andriana Albertina Bruyns. [1]


In the event of my sudden death, I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being deleted. I hereby give permission for all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of the following slightly-active WikiTreers in my family and other Wikitree members, whether or not they are currently on my trusted lists:[1]

Susan de Bruyn
Ronel Olivier
Sean Caven
Nicole Raats
Lizette Botha


  1. 1.0 1.1 Added by Esmé van der Westhuizen, 15 November 2017.

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Hello Esmé,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing a check-in. The Project operates in a team structure with these participant PIP Teams -- The Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and three Biography Teams. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Unknowns Team, working on "No Dates - Dates on relatives - Open - Status Died." Please let us know if you are content with your current Team or would like to change to one of the others.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to join the email GoogleGroup. We use the WikiTree Discord server #profile-improvement channel for our project. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project meet its goals. We would like to hear about the successes you’ve had and would also appreciate any feedback you have to help improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or via private message to one of us.


Debi Hoag and Kay Knight, Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

Robin Shaules, Project Coordinator, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Wow you added 148 new profiles !!!

Well done !!

Thank you for your hard work and dedication Esme

Well done Springbokke and thank you for your hard work

We are second in Diivision 1

Our overall score is 2120

The Springbok gold cup goes to our team winner Leon Bezuidenhout with the impressive score of 1459 puting him in the overall 6th place on the Wikitree connection scoreboard

Welll done Louis  !!!! You are a super star  !!!!!

posted by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier
edited by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier
Good morning

Thank you for joining  the Springbok Source a Thon team

Need to communicate? Ask a Question?     Here is our new post on G2G

Looking forward to work with you 

Have fun and good luck !!!  


Simbine-1 seam to be the profile of the famous Mozambique politician Graça Machel. If it is the case can you ask the profile to be open for view?

She is a living notable with wikipedia pages in 38 languages:


- - Sn


posted by Anonymous Anonymous
edited by Anonymous Anonymous
Can you guide me on how to get this profile to be opened?


In order to change the privacy to Yellow (Private with a Public Family Tree and Biography) you have to:

. Add the Notables project [email address removed] and/or Scott Fulkerson (Fulkerson-232) to the trusted list;

. Make a post to the G2G "Notables Jan 2024" ( to ask the change of the privacy level.

Note that the living notable Graça Machel ( comply with the criteria:

"Criteria for Yellow Privacy:

. The notable person must be at least 18-years-old. . The notable should have Wikipedia pages in at least three languages. . Their Wikipedia entry should include information about at least one nuclear family member (i.e. parent, sibling, spouse, or child). . Exceptions to these rules may be made at the discretion of the project leaders."

posted by Anonymous Anonymous
Thon has started for the South Africans.. Good luck and have lots of fun

See you in the chat

Thank you for giving of your time to enhance our South African family

We are delighted to have you on our team !

Pleas post all your remarks and/or questions here Chat Room


Have you registered for the April 2023 Connect-a-Thon yet?

Please join the South African Springboks is our quest we will have lots of fun while we upgrade our South African family

The link to follow is :

Looking forward to see you there

Warm regards

Hi Esmé

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

Thanks. I will definetly start preparing :)

Looking forward to have you on our team.

We are going to rock !!!!

Hello Esme!

Thanks again for signing up to RAWK five fellow WikiTreers in the month of March.

Here is your RAWKERs sticker code. To display this on your profile, just add curly brackets at each end:

Community Event |image=WikiTree_Event_Images-1.png |text=was a RAWKER |event=We Will RAWK You Event

If you're on Discord, please do join us on the We Will RAWK You channel using this link:

If you're not yet on Discord, this Help page should get you going:

Looking forward to researching with you!


posted by Betsy Ko
Dear Esmé,

Thank you very much for the information you shared on the Family Tree of Lodewyk Christoffel Retief. I do have the information that was excluded in your assistance, but unfortunately I do not know how to share this. It is also impossible for me to change critical details that I posted such as the fact that I am the grandson of Lodewyk Christoffel Retief. Thanks again for your help. (PS: I am not able to recommend you for a Special Star as the website do not allow me this feature such as your ID as required)

posted by Christo Retief
Hi Esme!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone for 100 sourced profiles
Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the December 2022 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

Thanks for all your work this month and in 2022 for the Sourcerers Project! Happy New Year!!!

posted by Mel Bishop
On 11 July 2018, you added the marriage date of my 2nd great grandparents J.H.F. Schwarz and A.M.C. Timme as 26 October 1873. It was only yesterday that I found their wedding entry in a microfiche archive in Lüneburg, Germany, confirming that they were married on that day. How did you know 4.5 years ago? I'm really curious now ... !?!
posted by Oliver Stegen PhD
Well done, Esme, and thank you!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Royal Effort Milestone for 500 sourced profiles
Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen reached the Royal Effort milestone by sourcing 500 profiles in the November 2022 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
Thank you Esme for the details on my Grandparents - Albertus Gielink and his wife Fanny Stonnell. Our family records were lost as a result of a robbery in Hilton , Kwa Zulu Natal.
posted by Tom Gielink
Thanks for all your work, Esme!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl In the Money Milestone for 300 sourced profiles
Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen reached the In the Money milestone by sourcing 300 profiles in the October 2022 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Mel Bishop
Good morning Esmé. I see you are busy completing merges this morning. Thank you.
posted by Anne B
Morning Anne, always chipping away at the duplicates, especially with LNAB Unknown.
Hi, I noticed a recent name change you did for "Jarring_f.Jönsson-3", a Swedish profile made by importing a gedcom. You changed first name *and* preferred name "Gunnar* Valfrid" into "Gunnar Valfrid". If you do similar edits for other Swedish profiles it is good if you learn what that means! The asterisk is used to indicate which name is the preferred name. So the correct edit would have been to remove the asterisk from the first name field, but to use that information to fill in the correct preferred name field. I have done that already, but I want you to know this if you do similar edits.
posted by Per Starbäck
The change was made due to it being on the Suggestion List in 2018 - 788 Period in Current Last Name DatabDoctor
Sure, it was wrongly entered, which is why it came up in the suggestion list. But then you need to know about what the problem actually was to correct it. If it was possible to fix all such problems by just removing a certain set of characters then those changes would have been made automatically instead, but since some thought needs to go into it instead there is just a suggestion.
posted by Per Starbäck
Thanks Esmé for finding Unknown-472384 and Unknown-472385, I must have accidentally created them as the correct profile was Unknown-472386. All 3 have been merged to create a new Unknown-472384. I don't have any documentation for Philip as he is Polish and would have been born around 1900, but I will see if I can find the death record for his daughter as that is where I found Philip's name.
posted by Mark Gibbons
Span Springbokke

Top drie wow dankie Esmé ........

posted by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier
edited by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier

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:


Ooo lekker

Dankie Esmé Sien uit daarna om saam te werk Jy is 'n ster !!!

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

Hello, Esmé!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Esmé, every one of your more than 1000 contributions for the month of August 2009 adds to the improvement of our Shared Tree. Thanks so much for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard