About Catherine June Barnes
I am a Volunteer Curator - always happy to help if I can - not a professional researcher for GENi!!
Investigating and researching my Family History has been a part of my life for over 30 years - sometimes it rumbled on in the background, but at other times it is my main interest, shoving even stitch to the side!
I enjoy research - finding out about people - what they did, where they lived, who their family was. There is nothing quite like finding that link that explains and verifies all.
I want more people to get involved - to find out and add to the pot! What a gift Geni is to us - a place to share a passion that those who are not immersed in it do not "get" - where else can you find such a playground?
I enjoy sharing what I have discovered with others - not only in connection with my own family history but to do with areas that interest me too - the Botanists, Pioneers, people of Hastings etc.the British settlers in South Africa, Rhodesia Pioneers - the list is endless. It pleases me so much when these little floating branches of family get connected to the big tree - all magic stuff.
I hope we can continue to enjoy our mutual interest amicably. How it is presented isn't the BIG ISSUE - we need to work side by side with the following objectives -
- to further/expand our research - add sources and reasons for our conclusions
- share our findings with others by adding documents/images/sources if we have them
- collaborate with others - work side by side, make compromises where necessary. There are always 2 sides to everything and we need to work out how we can present both amicably to suit all.
I want to get on with the job in hand and make our trees as good and as clean as we can.
I want to build a community with a foundation of shared enthusiasms, with friendship at the top of the list.
I want to help as much as I can!
I want to be happy - and Family History makes me happy. Geni also makes me happy - most of the time!!
18 May 2011
My South African connection
I was born in Zambia and have never lived in South Africa - having only visited about 4/5 times!! However - my family history is very much involved in the country.
My father was born in South Africa. His father, born in Scotland, married a 2nd Generation South African (her father was from England) who married a South African/Afrikaner girl - family of Knoesen.
(Through his maternal Grandmother my father's ancestry is connected to Bennett/Hungerford/Hitchcocke which is where I get connections to distant cousins all over the world!)
My mother was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her parents were both from families that had left South Africa after the Boer War in the early 1900's (Marais - French Huguenot ancestry and Jansen van Rensburg - Dutch/German - who knows!!! plus a lot more besides as the rolling stone gathered its moss.) Her ancestry is virtually pure South African.
I was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and came to Britain in 1975. I have a brother, an aunt and an uncle in South Africa, with a network of first cousins and an incredible number of people connected to me through the South African lines. My actual experience of South Africa amounts to 4 brief visits to that country.
I have also worked extensively on my husband's tree, hand in hand with my sister-in-law, Leith Woodall. Their tree is largely British, but with a marriage by the original Barnes settler into the Richter family in 1873 in South Africa - and through that connection links to other old Afrikaner families.
On the maternal side of my husband's family there are connections to the early British settlers (he was Scottish) - not one of the 1820 settlers but as part of the Military contingent.
What a tangled web!!
To summarise my areas of special genealogical interest are Zambia, Zimbabwe (the Rhodesias), South Africa, Scotland and England.