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Natal Marriage #2: P. A. MINNAAR – H. D. STEYN (1844)

When I examine the vital information for my husband’s 2x great-grandparents, I must keep in mind that attitudes and expectations among Afrikaners in mid-nineteenth-century South Africa would have been considerably different from anything I have known. Still, I can’t help … Continue reading

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Natal Marriage #1: P. A. MINNAAR – A. C. MARÉ (1837?)

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,       Gang aft agley,       An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,       For promis’d joy! — Robert Burns The first two lines of “To A Mouse” could probably apply to … Continue reading

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Another Clue: Hendrik Nicolaas MINNAAR (ca. 1857 – 1903)

Family tree research sometimes puts one in mind of an old movie in which a prisoner tries to escape by digging a tunnel through the wall of his cell using a teaspoon. This week, I managed to chip away at the brick wall … Continue reading

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