The Genealogical Society of South Africa

A colourful look at our Sensitive History

Walter Renze addressed the members of the East Cape Branch of the GSSA on Monday16 July. Walter hails from the Eastern Cape. He did not know much about his family history and his immediate relatives were hesitant in discussing the family. He embarked on a journey into the family's past and soon came to know why there was a hesitancy to talk about the family's history.
A family tree that has some very colourful branches to it.  Walter: "I do not profess to know all there is to know about it. I just want to relay my personal experiences relating to this as it impacts directly on my family. When I look at my collection of family photos that I have, I notice that there hardly seem to be extended family in it, except for some of my maternal family. And it was always something I wondered about. It never bothered me too much as a child, but as I grew up, it bothered me more and more. My father used to speak to me about family, but not too much. And I always wondered why".
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