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Venter Facts and Fiction  
What is the Truth?  

 This is the more difficult part of it all. Do I just list Facts and Fiction, or do I show where and who posted this information?

 The first advice is to be very doubtful of genealogical sites, or where people publish their ancestry online. Simply because you don't know where they got their information from, and whether they have verified its accuracy. Simply quoting sources is no guarantee that the information is correct. And you really can't "trust" many of the authors who have published "authoritive" books, particularly before the 1990's, when information and databases were not as available as they are now. This is not limited to your own ancestry or family name. It includes the "in-laws".

 Having said this, you should definitely look at the "in-laws" of your family and what they say. Not surprisingly, they may tell you more about your family than what your own family is prepared to disclose. And in many instances, the "in-laws" may have information and sources that your own family don't have.

 And to confirm my suspicions about the quality of the work published by Pama, read an extract published 14 April 2010 by eGSSA (Genesis 26, P4). There they confirm that Family Crests published by Pama were mostly incorrect and that N.H. Theunissen "thumb sucked" them! )

 I cannot emphasise it enough. Verify, check and re-check your information, firsthand! To find "real" information about the Venter family, go to the Venter Community

 The Myths listed, are in no particular order...

 Facts #1   Facts #2    Facts #3     Myths 
Important dates are not as unclear as what people make it out to be...

Hendrik Venter was in the Cape by 1683 already, because he worked on people's farms. (ARA VOC 4019 Cassaboek 1683, p756, left side)
Hendrik Venter died before 18 April 1713 and not, as what some "clever" people say, 2 May 1713. This date was the date when Hendrik was buried. (KAB MOOC 14/1 Part I.54)

Further, Hendrik's wife Anna (Johanna) did not die 11 May 1713. This too was the date when she was buried. (KAB MOOC 14/1 Part I.54)

Pieter Venter died before 30 July 1758 and not some vague date around 1759-68.
The Venter seal that was used in 1781 was obviously not used by the above person. It was used by Pieter Venter, son of Jan Adriaan Venter.
Pieter Venter (son of Hendrik), was recorded as "Venters", several times (1727). So was his sister, Anna Sebina. (1713)
Bonifacius (or Bonifatius) was alive at least until 1738 (according to tax returns). The 1736 tax returns list him as having a sword (degen), pistols and a horse and the 1738 tax returns list him as having pistols and a horse. He entered into a contract with Barend Pietersz on 26 February 1723 to work for him as a builder. (Bonifatius was an ordinary worker and did not own property at the time.) The contract was drawn up by Hendrik Swellengrebel, and as part of the deal, Barend had to provide free lodging, food and drinks, and tobacco, and pay 12 Gulde per month. (KAB CJ 2880 1/66 Part 1)

Hendrik, his wife Anna Sebina, three under aged children and his daughter Anna Sebina all died around March - May 1713 because of the smallpox epidemic. (See documents under "News and Information")

Hendrik became a free citizen (vrijburger) before 1 May 1690 (because on this date, he bought a slave)

Venter Stuff  

 Where did the Venters come from, when and who are they?...

 Current Initiatives

 There are many initiatives on the go. Some by private individuals and others by research organisations. Do a DNA test and discover where you belong...

 Active and Knowledgeable Venters

 A lot of work has been done by Robert Venter (USA) and others. Don't do work that's already been done...

 Sites To Go To For Family Historical Data

 You can use Google to find information, or you can do a quick pick here and save some time...

 Some Venter Family Crests / Coat Of Arms

 You thought all the Venters have one uniform family crest? Think again. There are several...

 Venters Who Have Made Their Mark

 There are several well known Venters. For example, Craig Venter in the USA (Genome Pioneer), but there's also Craig Venter in South Africa, son of Bill Venter, a well known business man in South Africa, and others...

 Venters Who Did Not Make Their Mark
 Not every Venter did so well, though. Some went "the other way"...

 Venter Facts and Fiction

 Not everything you read is true or correct, even if written by professionals. See here for some common misnomers...

About Me  

 More info about me and how this site has evolved over the years. You will NOT find everything Venter related here. There's too much. Only those that I deemed interesting or important...

 Family Tree

 My own family tree in progress...

 Family Documents

 Copies of family documents. Maybe you are related to me...

 Historical Family Photos

 Old family photos that I could find...

 Privacy Policy

 I am committed to maintaining the privacy of your information and to safeguard your privacy online...

News and Information  
 Events, Press Articles And Documents

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 My Most Recent Blog

 Read some of my thoughts and comments...

Last Updated 12 May 2010.


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