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“Our” Black Sheep: Samuel Martini DE MEURS (ca. 1680 – 1711)

Sara Magdalena, my husband’s 6th great-grandmother, was not the daughter of Andreas OELOFSE, the husband of her mother Sara JANSZ, but a man whose name was given as “unknown” on the child’s May 1709 baptism record. However, as detailed in … Continue reading

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Searching for a Father: Sara Magdalena (1709 – aft. 1750)

There’s nothing like a tempting new genealogy mystery to keep enthusiasm running high! A two-part article published last year in Genesis by the Genealogical Society of South Africa had shown that my husband’s 6x great-grandmother, Sara Magdalena, was “probably not” the … Continue reading

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Not Our Black Sheep?: Andreas OELOFSE (ca. 1642 – ca. 1709)

Like many genealogists, I love finding black sheep in the family, those ancestors whose behavior falls far outside the accepted norms of the time and place in which they lived, perhaps even outside those of our own more open-minded times. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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