Durban & Coastal Newsletters


This edition contains a write up on our guest speaker, John Dovey of Just Done Publications, who spoke in great detail about all the dos and donts of publishing your story; who was the real Blackadder? ;  analysis from excavations assess that Britain's oldest house is 11,500 years old;  the usual tips, websites and humour  ...

"Lots of interest in this latest newsletter - Deciphering Old Handwriting,  the origin of the poem "In Flanders Fields" from WW1, a list of the various different places one can look for personal data on one's relatives, the Transport system in Durban in the late 1800s - and all the usual snippets of information."

"For the final newsletter for 2012, there are articles on other Christmas traditions, and a newspaper report of Christmas in Cape Town in 1859.  There are reports on our last 3 monthly meetings, about the History of the Rickshaw in Durban,  A Trip to the New Germany Nature Reserve (and the first German settlers in Natal),  and a Personal Research meeting at which Bonita Bricknall demonstrated how to get the best results from and the new Family Tree link, plus how to order certificates online.  There is a list of helpful and interesting websites, an article on Divorce Records in SA,  some Genealogy Humour, and a Genealogical Crossword puzzle to close the year."

This newsletter includes the good news that the photographing of Stellawood Cemetery is back on track.  We welcome 2 new little "buds" to two family trees. There's an article on how many words and expressions crept into our everyday language from WW1;  also a report on a wonderful talk given by Jayne Moir on the lonely Anglo-Boer War graves on St Helena  ... and more.

The great thing about genealogy is the excitement of the chase and then the surprise when ou find that tiny piece of information hiding in the undergrowth. I’ve had great fun over the years looking for those little snippets that embellish the history of the family and have managed to get a good idea of how my family existed over the past 500 years. Lately with the anniversary of the First World War my thoughts have come closer to the present day and in particular my
Grandfather. Read more.

This final newsletter for 2014 continues with the WW1 theme;  it also includes an article on Princess Grace of Monaco in which she receives acknowledgement of her Irish roots;  there is some Christmas trivia, an article on the oldest DNA found, photos of Durban in the 1960s,  some interesting websites .... and more.  

To start off 2015, this newsletter gives details of our new Committee and some feedback and pictures from our Ancestral Tea combined with our Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Genealogical Society of South Africa.  It was a fun and happy occasion.  There are lots of interesting websites and search tips, plus an article on Durban's famous "Bunny Chow"!

"The final edition for 2015 includes a report back on Ken Gilling's talk on "WW1 comes to the Northern Cape - the Battle of Kakamas"; debunking some genetic genealogy myths; an extract from "Natal Settler-Agent" about the ships "Ina", "Conquering Hero" and "Unicorn" which brought some of the Byrne's Settlers; and further entertaining / informative snippets"
" Eleanor Lea, our new Chairman, gives us feedback from the recent National AGM; Christelle Horne's talk on "My journey with Family Tree DNA" proved to be fascinating, and her discoveries, to date, have revealed quite a few mysteries; there is an article on Common Family Photo Scanning Mistakes, and also a "tongue-in-cheek" list of How to fail at Family History in 10 Simple Steps .... and more"

This edition is full of advice on how best to use Google in your research;  the 50 best solutions to breaking down "brick walls";  an article on Port Shepstone lighthouse.  Our trip down memory lane includes Addington Hospital and a "Welcome to Durban" pamphlet from WWll.

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