OT: Old genealogy book

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Etienne du Plessis

Jun 15, 2021, 8:23:34 PMJun 15
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Hi guys, 

Totally off-topic but: I have our family genealogy book, which was printed in 1903, and has our family tree dating back to 80 B.C.

What should I do with this?...just leave it under my bed and let the fishmoths eat it...or is there something more sensible?


Marty Jasper

Jun 15, 2021, 9:19:44 PMJun 15
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Hi Ettienne
Wow, that sounds very interesting, I know there used to be a museum called the "Africana Museum", as a kid my gran used to take us there to see a clock that her ancestors the de Smidt's had donated to the museum in times gone by, which is now Museum Africa situated in Newtown, and if you are seriously not sure what to do with this book, possibly consider donating it to the museum?? I'm sure that they'd be interested to have it.
I'm not sure if there's a way to digitise it first though, so you have your own digital copy that you can have into perpetuity?? Maybe contact the museum and ask them for some guidance?? 

Not that I'm a duPlessis of am aware of any links to that line, I'm pretty sure once you go back as far as 80 BC there'd be some interesting things to out, and access to a digital copy would be interesting to have access to.....

From the little I do know about duPlessis is that it is French in origin, more than likely French Huguenots, Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who followed the teachings of theologian John Calvin. Persecuted by the French Catholic government during a violent period, Huguenots fled the country in the 17th century, creating Huguenot settlements all over Europe, in the United States and Africa, who specifically came to SA in but that's where my knowledge ends.....I'm sure your genealogy book covers some of this info in detail, especially if it goes back to 80 BC!!!!!

You might find this interesting??

If you have any further queries in this regard, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Marty Jasper

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Etienne du Plessis

Jun 16, 2021, 12:40:48 AMJun 16
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Hi Marty,

Thanks for the response. That forebears website is actually pretty interesting.

It is actually the Rainier family genealogy. I'm now three generations off that family tree, but somehow have the book. My great grandmother was Ethel May Rainier.

Anybody reading this with the surname Rainier? I might have some interesting info for you :-).


roaming yak

Jun 16, 2021, 7:38:40 AMJun 16
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Scan it professionally and turn it into a digital book as a minimum...
I wish my family had this... it would be interesting...


Hennie Rautenbach

Jul 8, 2021, 5:25:41 AMJul 8
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Hi Etienne - contact Annemarie Dreyer - tell her I referred you. She will advise how to best handle it. 

Annemarie Dreyer <adr...@sabinet.co.za>

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