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, and my grandmother ten generations removed - Catharina of Malabar. They and many other unnamed forebears and their descendants have sacrificed, suffered, rejoiced and lived so much, for me to be here in healthy spirits today.
I also honor my mother and father sadly but understandably deceased now, my three brothers and their families. Especially my youngest brother who introduced me to this WikiTree - Wynand van der Walt.
I was born on the 27th of March 1963 and baptized the 9th of June 1963. Born and bred in South-Africa, a product one might say of the 400 year old legacy of the Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC). I am descended from a long line of Polish, English, Slave, Huguenot, Dutch, Frisian, German and Scandinavian ancestors. What a wonderful mix of blood that runs through my veins.
After 30 years of living in the Netherlands (Amsterdam), I am as near as fluent in Dutch as a non-native born and bred can be. I have (in various degrees - mostly basic but better than nothing) some knowledge of Frisian, German, French and even Spanish. This is also the reason I volunteerd to help out with the New Netherland Settlers Project and the Dutch Cape Colony 1652-1806 Project, trying to make sense of all the variations of the LNAB's of the settlers of these two small Dutch colonies, one that later would grow to be New York as we know it today, the latter that would eventually grow into the geographical entity and the nation state of South Africa. My expertise lies in knowing (and still learning) how the different Dutch and Huguenot spellings differ and evolved over time in different locations. For example the different spelling of surnames in South-Africa (Cape Colony when it was still a Dutch Colony and not English compared to the USA (New Amsterdam and the surrounding Dutch and English settlements) and the socio-geopolitical dynamics that caused this morphing of (sur)names. I am not a linguistic expert though. And the reason that I enjoy WikiTree so much is that I learn so much. A whole new world opened up to me - with all it's glory and horrific evil - it is my second university ...
The Dutch Cape Colony 1652-1806 Project is my favorite hobby at this moment. I am privileged to be the Project Coordinator and research leader - providing assistance with sourcing, citation, merging, translation and any other questions regarding issues relating to the project. My personal goal regarding this project is to get as many of the profiles of the settlers and their descendants as well any of the indigenous peoples in so far they are available, correctly merged into the properly researched, validated and protected profiles. Eventually this project will encompass everyone known and documented who lived in the Cape during that period, so their descendants will only have to link their lineages (connect them if you will) to the researched and validated profiles.
When I'm not being absorbed by the merging of profiles and the organizing of the biographies, I indulge in researching my own ancestry and the general history of South Africa. It both exhilarates and astounds me, at times it is humbling and even shocking to see (actually only to get a glimpse of) with hindsight the context of the realities of all the generations that went before us.
To think that only a few years ago I bought my first smart phone - an apparatus that at the slightest touch of the finger brings the whole of mankind into my palm - internet, social media - I even had trouble finding the actual phone to communicate with. My mother who died in 2007 just saw the dawn of Facebook. She still had the cranky old black and white television in her flat when I last visited her (no cable). My father who died in 2000 still witnessed the introduction of the first mobile phones. We were all there as children when the state television was introduced in 1976. Before then it was the drive-in or the movie theater formula of the 1930's that entertained us. My grandparents grew up on farms, rode buggies (or 'Spiders' as they used to be called) and I remember my grandfather 'Oupa' Jimmy Baker recalling his first (model?) Ford-T he owned in the 1920's. In just 3 generations all this and so much more has happened. The mind boggles.
"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."
Andriesz was the patronym of the progenitor of the van der Walt-family in South Africa. Geale was his first name. Like many Dutch and other European surnames the place from which a person came got administratively attached to the LNAB during migration in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Andriesz was the patronym of the progenitor of the van der Walt-family in South Africa. Like many Dutch and other European surnames the place from which a person came got administratively attached to the LNAB during migration in the 17th and 18th centuries.
I notes you are always doing amazing work on wikkitree, special comment on wonderful wikkitreer. I wonder if you would like to join integrator team and get a integrator badge for the job you are already doing.
Please let me know and I will ask Keith Hathaway and David Selman to send you the detail and a integrator badge
Looking forward to hear from you.
Best wishes Susan
‘n Nuwe Source-a-Thon begin op 30 September 2017 en duur 72 uur !!!
Daar is baie pryse om te wen en dit gaan vet pret wees.
Hoop om julle daar te sien, as julle huiwerig is, ons sal later soekskakels vir doopregisters gee wat nog nie aanlyn is by Family Search nie - en ons is natuulik altyd gereed om te help, so vra gerus
Ons gaan bronne soek en op al die Suid Afrikaanse profiele plaas wat nog soos weeskindertjies rondhang in die “unsourced”blad vir die tydperk 1807-2007
Hier is die besoekblad vir instruksies. Sien uit daarna om van julle te hoor !!!
Die Suid Afrikaanse span
Greetings, Philip.! You have a most interesting profile, wow, congratulationsI am trying to get back to work on Wikitree. The two profiles are Blankenbergh-1 and Blanckenberg-17.after checking the 'doopregister' on - 1, I realize there are several errors. Birth date should be 19 Oct. (19 Xber) family name: Blanckenbergh (as you had seen). How do I merge the two and which family name do I use.? Thank you, Wendy
Of course you know there is a new Source_a-Thon Challenge, but as we are inviting all members of the Dutch_Roots I m posting this to your page as well as you are verrrrrrrrrry welcome to join us. But I am afraid you re going to try to win with another team! Good luck!!
Did you know there's a new Source-a-Thon 2017 (first register here) organized for 30 September -2 October 2017 ? A huge event, to keep things organized we are going to work with teams again, since you're a member of our Project, perhaps you would like to join our Team Flying Dutchmen Team to help and source and improve Unsourced Netherlands profiles ?
We sure can use some help and you can win prizes, but the best thing of course is we are going to work on this together get as many as possible Unsourced profiles Sourced and improved and have a lot a fun ! :)
I am very new to WikkiTree and trying to understand and follow what and how to use the process.
However, I was surprised to see that a merge has been done between 294 and 161, when I had already merged 161 into 294 and added a lot of information.
Please I would like to understand why this has occurr
Carol Smithers Nee Moores.
Hi, Ek het nou al oraloor raad gevra. Is daar miskien 'n moontlikheid dat jy kan help met 'n profiel waarby ek vashaak?
Dis Fourie-1654 , my oumagrootjie se pa. Pieter Frederik Fourie. Gebore circa 1865 na aanleiding van die huweliksregister. Hy het ten tyde van sy troue op plaas Boschbank gewoon. Ek is naarstiglik op soek na sy ouers, verder het ek almal van my grootjies opgespoor. Ek sal dit vreeslik waardeer. Enige raad. By voorbaat, baie dankie.