Appointed Member - GSSA National Webmaster - Germaine Smith 2022
Germaine Lisel Rosslyn Smith born in the City of Roses on a beautiful Saturday winters afternoon during a very important rugby match no less! My parents are Arthur Leslie Rosslyn Smith and Carol Evelyn van den Berg.
I lived in Bloem and went to one of the best girl’s schools, namely Eunice Primary. Later on we moved to Three Rivers, Vereeniging where I completed my primary school years at Milton Primary and then matriculated at Riverside High.
My love for art took me to study Fine Arts at the Vanderbijlpark Technikon, but today I find myself drawing more on my pc than on canvas.
I started researching my British heritage on my paternal side (Smith & Farmiloe ). They were from British decent and two trips to the UK led me to finding my grandfather’s family and obtaining many of the documents I was looking for at the time.
My maternal line takes me as far back as the Great Voortrekkers and the British settlers, this was going to be exciting to research as it would cover both my grandfather and grandmother. The surnames of Holder, Dicks, Thompson, Durand and de Bruin was my grandmothers Heritage. They all hailed from the Dordrecht, Maclear region in the Eastern Cape. I have to still receive the photo of proof that my Great Aunt was born on an ox wagon trekking the arduous journey to Natal.
I am the Chairman of the Vaal Triangles GSSA Branch and find it so true to my nature to encourage and assist our members to find their long gone family members for which some have searched for decades.