South African Renze Family Genealogy

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This Blog will describe my "journey" into Genealogy and researching my family history. I will add from time to time that which I believe is important for the Genealogical Community.

This will only relate to the RENZE Family as well as the connected families.

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A colourful look at Our Sensitive History ? Families Divided

Posted by walterrenze on October 19, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (2)

This is a Presentation that I gave to the Eastern Cape Branch of the Genealogy Society on 16 July 2012

I would like to broach a subject that has many different opinions:

• Many of us try and shy away from it.

• Others just refuse to acknowledge it.


It is our inter-racial genealogy.


A family tree that has some very colourful branches to it.


I do not profess to know all there is to know ...

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Posted by walterrenze on October 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

My use of the word “Fatherland” directly relates to the fact that Germany has always been referred to as 'der Vaderland'. And MY interpretation is that a “Fatherland” is a place of the birth of ones heritage. Where my paternal family originates from. My “Motherland” is South Africa where I was born and raised.


For you to fully understand my choice of a village in Germany hereunder, I need to explain a story that has been circulating withi...

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Summary for Presentation at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Port Elizabeth on 03 August 2012

Posted by walterrenze on October 17, 2012 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Firstly, I would like to thank you for honouring my family links with St. Philip’s this evening. And for allowing me to share just a small portion of a very intricate and detailed history that I’ve gathered over the past 2 years.


I really wondered why I became so involved in genealogy and then I realized the need and desire I had to know who my family were and how they became, lived and thrived. My genealogy allows me to understand the person I am. The followin...

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Posted by walterrenze on October 17, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been asked countless times why do this research, why the sudden interest in Genealogy? It made me think and wonder myself; “Why did I just not stop when I found out what I needed to find out about Daddy and his immediate family? Why did I continue and continue?” and through my research and some inspired thoughts, I found and adapted the following from an Unknown Author:


My feeling is that in each family, there is one who seems called to “find”...

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Extracts from Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION

Posted by walterrenze on October 17, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

DIASPORA – the scattering of a group of people from their homeland, drifting apart over time and space, losing contact with each other.


The desire to know somewhat more about my family than what family lore has to offer has always been alive in me, due to the many conversations with my father and the inspiration that gave me, yet has only now been fully awoken. How many times do you not hear romanticized stories of fa...

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