Category Archives: VAN DER HOFF

Ouma POOLE: Letitia Selina MINNAAR (ca. 1885 – ca. 1965)

My husband and his brothers spent a lot of time when they were young with their POOLE grandparents and speak of them with great fondness. Family members agree that Ouma POOLE’s given name was Letitia Selina. However, alternate names emerged during research into vital … Continue reading

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“A Name Puzzle” Revisited

Genealogical research — and writing a blog about it — can be both heartening and humbling. The latter aspect came to the fore recently when in the same post I overlooked the obvious and failed to observe some research fundamentals. In … Continue reading

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A Name Puzzle: Angela Letitia POOLE (1909 – 1996)

Often genealogical research uncovers only one “official” source that attests to a person’s birth name, and we have little choice except to record the name as shown on that document. In the case of my husband’s mother, Angela, several extant documents cause some confusion about … Continue reading

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