Jacomina Hendrina Sophiamother
About John Edward Hersey
I decided in Sep 2012 to “quickly” capture in digital format, 5 typed pages of information on my mothers Joubert family ancestry, that was prepared in 1976 by a Stellenbosch researcher.
Worst mistake of my life.
“Pass me that syringe of progenitor information, I’m getting the shakes.”
It’s been fascinating.
I studied history at school, but that was just a procession of dates and places and events. Now that I have real relatives, who were living there at the time, I want to know exactly what went on and how they were affected, and what was influencing their decisions.
My pet hate BTW, is people who record their ancestor data, but using current places names, or who record historical inaccuracies like "Afrikaners" who existed before Afrikaans actually existed.
Use the name it was called when they lived there! No, Germany did not exist in 1820.
South Africa wasn't South Africa, till 1910. And the "Brede River" isn't spelt like that, and it definitely doesn't run past Paarl or Stellenbosch.