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Philip van der Walt

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Signed 7 Sep 2013 | 173947 contributions | 16624 thank-yous
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I am open to communication within the project[s] that I'm working on, and to issues relating to shared personal genealogies (I'm related as most South Africans from European descent are, to the same ancestors). As much as I would like it though, I don’t have time to assist people with their personal research or how-to guidance – particularly when the query bears no relation to the period in which I work. In such instances, even if I at one time researched the period or location of your interest, I haven’t done so for a long time, and so would have to do some research to refresh my own knowledge before helping you. There are many groups populated with experts who can and will help you, just search the internet on your topic of interest.
Philip van der Walt
Born 1960s.
Profile last modified | Created 2 Nov 2013 | Last significant change: 1 Dec 2021
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Philip van der Walt 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 het Nederlands als tweede taal.
Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel básico de español.
Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.

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Before I write my biography I would first want to honor among all of my ancestors over all the generations going back in time, Gaele Andriesz - the first van der Walt in South Africa. He and many other named and unnamed forebears and their descendants have sacrificed, suffered, rejoiced and lived so much, for me to be here in healthy spirits today. [1]
Other most remarkable progenitor forebears (list to be expanded):

Slave Progenitors

Remarkable Early Progenitors

Dutch Progenitors

German Progenitors

Polish Progenitors

Swedish Progenitors

Danish Progenitors

Huguenot Progenitors

... to be continued ...


I was was born in 1963. My father was Willem van der Walt and my mother was Joan Baker. (to be continued).

DNA- connections

Direkte Lyn vroulike geslag voorouer Francoise (Martinet) Cordier (abt. 1655 - abt. 1703):
DNA markers Philip van der Walt - Martinet 18 May 2016.

Advance Directive - Digital Afterlife

It may seem morbid, but in the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being deleted. "To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists: Wynand van der Walt ; Eugene Andre van der Walt ; Reinette (Wehmeyer) Hesseling ; Shireen (Pontac) van der Walt ; Angie Oosthuizen (formerly van der Walt). These profiles are not to be deleted because they contain information (i.e. photographs, narratives and other texts) that is important to be saved for posterity; for the children of my brothers and the children of my cousins. As such they are also the property of the next generations."


  1. See here a map of medieval Europe ca. 1444 where my European progenitors originated from.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gerrit Janse van Deventer and Ariaantje Jacobs were ill with Porphyria. It is likely that one or both of these individuals carried the porphyria gene to South Africa. "The genealogical studies of Dean and Barnes suggested that the gene for the South African form of variegate porphyria was introduced into South Africa in 1688, when two Dutch settlers, Gerrit Jansz van Deventer and Adriaantje Ariens married in Cape Town. This has now been proven: most South African patients carry a single founder mutation, and haplotype analysis of the ancestral chromosomes has confirmed a relationship with Dutch families with variegate porphyria. In the years following 1688 the gene spread widely through the South African population and is common amongst South Africans of Dutch ancestry, whatever their race or home language. - See more at " Source:


Thank you to Wynand van der Walt for creating Van der Walt-440 on Aug 11, 2013.

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Baie dankie Philip vir jou hulp met die twee Adam Barnards (Barnard-6801 en Barnardt-16). Ek is redelik nuut op wikitree en het nie geweet hoe ek nou hierdie dilemma gaan oplos nie. Ek het met die ander stamboom van onder af opgewerk en toe gesien dat hierdie twee mos nou dieselfde persoon is. Ek waardeer dat jy weer 'n "merge" voorgestel het. Hoe lank neem dit voordat dit dan goedgekeur word?

Vriendelike groete, Corne

Hi Philip

Thank you so very much for the suggested merge of Susanna Aletta Zondag/Otto and Michiel Otto 1783 and the completed merge of Susanna van Aswegen, Cornelia Viljoen/van Aschwede and Johannes van Aswegen/van Aschwede. I really appreciate the time that you put into all of this and checking that they are correct. Thank you for that. Kind Regards Hazel

Hi Philip

You just completed a merge of Roeloff Cornelius Gideon Botha-5925 into Roelof Cornelius Gideon Botha-5458, thanks for this. However I was busy awaiting the merge of his mother first as per the merging instructions (I had just completed the father - so not to worry about that), would you pretty please now merge the mothers?

Thanking you kindly Pam

Hi Pam, you wrote: "Hi Philip, You just completed a merge of Roeloff Cornelius Gideon Botha-5925 into Roelof Cornelius Gideon Botha-5458, thanks for this. However I was busy awaiting the merge of his mother first as per the merging instructions (I had just completed the father - so not to worry about that), would you pretty please now merge the mothers? Thanking you kindly, Pam" The merging of the mothers will happen when the managers are ready. I tried and just got the message that the merge of the profiles have been already proposed. This is normal in WikiTree. You said you were waiting but the proposal of the 2 Roelof Botha's could have been done by anyone who had signed the honor code, as it was found under 'All Pending Merges Waiting for Action' (Most-Recently Added). In WikiTree merging instructions are not always correct. Cheers, Philip
posted by Philip van der Walt
ok, awesome, thanks. Yes, I'm the one that initiated the merge of the mothers
Good morning Phillip,

Can you checkout Vorster-172? He is his son and grandson to, evenso his wife is all the time the same person. Groetjes Herman

posted by Herman Overmars
edited by Herman Overmars
Thank you once again, Phillip. I have posted an answer to the South African project as you suggested and hope to be able to join.
posted by Gail (van Zyl) Webber
Thank you so much Philip for the helpful information and links! Really appreciated!
posted by Sandy (Statt) Stewart
Hi Philip thank you for your help and guidance.
posted by Bruce Vincent
Dankie Ronel! My familie was toe al in Colesberg op weg die Hoëveld toe ... 😀
posted by Philip van der Walt
I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!
As from 22 March 2020 I'll be taking a break from WikiTree. Personal In-mail will be sporadically attended to. Van der Walt-440 14:48, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
posted by Philip van der Walt
edited by Philip van der Walt

I hope you have some time and energy to join us at the upcoming DRP challenge. We like to have you as particpant. The challenge is besides adding profiles about fun and getting to know each other better. The challenge lasts from the 30th of December to the 6th of January. It is not important if you can not be around every day. Any add is welcome. And we like to jump together at WT into the New Year! HERE you find more info. Already wishing you a Happy New Year! Bea, Margreet and Astrid

Hi Phillip, in antwoord op jou vraag op my blad.

Ek het die profiel Van_der_Walt-2598 geskep omrede sy getroud was met ñ Gert Abraham Coetsee en ek was onder die indruk dat sy die eggenote was van Coetsee-787. Ek het toe later agter gekom dat sy met ñ ander Gert Abraham Coetsee getroud was omrede hulle nie dieselfde kinders gehad het nie, daarom het ek die twee geskei. Hoop dit is duidelik genoeg omskryf. Groete Peet

posted by Peet Venter

Thank you for your help and patience with my efforts. Your assistance is much appreciated

posted by Jaulanne van der Bank
Last month, I visited the French speaking Walloon church where my Wife’s ancestors were members in the 1600s. They were Huguenots.

Inside the sanctuary of the church, there were many burial plots with markers engraved in the floor. I took several photos. I was wondering if some of these people could be ancestors of Wikitreers.

Any suggestions of where I might post these pictures of the church and markers on Wikitree so people might access them?

posted by Robert Harrison
Thank You. (dark blue)
posted by Melanie Paul
My apologies, Philip. I am currently participating in the Source-a-Thon, but I had added the profile in question to my bookmarks so that I could return to it after the Thon is over. Thank you for your diligence!

Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amelia Utting
You posted it as a comment, not an answer, so I cannot "thank you" thank you, so here is my "thank you" for actually seeing my point and acknowledging its validity. (Clarity is everything, so if this isn't clear, let me know!)
posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you very much Philip for all your assistance.
posted by June Ackermann
Philip, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Just reading some of the other comments here shows how much others appreciate your assistance. You are a superior WikiTreer.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Philip,

This should help you with Van_Bengale-1,

Cheers Liz

posted by Elizabeth W
For parentage [still to be made / found in WikiTree] see: > Pres. Johannes Hendricus Brand. Baptismal record added.

posted by Jo Fourie