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The Venter Clan in South Africa  
History  
 Overview

 Where did the South African Venters come from and who are they? This is a question asked by many and researched and published by just as many "professionals". Books and other information published, contain incorrect information and in some instances, based on poor research. If one is to search on the internet, it is clear just how bad it really is. See "Venter Facts and Fiction". It is of particular concern that many accept the information and history as "true", without verifying and questioning what is at hand and then use this information in their own family history and ancestry. The Internet has enabled the proliferation of this incorrect information to enormous proportions. Speculation became fact.

 From a scientific point of view, all South African Venters who have submitted their DNA, have their results as belonging to Haplogroup R1a1. The R1a  lineage is believed to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes north of the Black & Caspian Seas. This lineage is thought to descend from a population of the Kurgan culture, known for the domestication of
the horse (circa 3000 B.C.E.). These people were also believed to be the first speakers of the Indo-European language group. This lineage is found in central & western Asia, India, and in Slavic populations of Europe.

 I am hoping to correct and highlight some of the incorrect and wrong information via this website, by providing evidence to the contrary. You will be provided with documents and access to authentic sources to verify for yourself. If you then start to question the current sources and do "deeper" research yourself, I have achieved my goal of improving the quality of the Venter historic information.

 The "News and Information" section contains downloadable documents that you can use freely. This section contains "evidence" that you may find useful. Also see "Venter Facts and Fiction" and my "Family Tree".

 To find "real" information about the Venter family, go to the Venter Community

 Who Are The Venters?
  They were one of the first families to settle in the Cape, after Van Riebeeck, in about 1680. Not Huguenots or Settlers at all.
  Their progenitor, Hendrik, was from Hamel (probably Hamel in France, and NOT Hameln in Germany) and he was not the same person as Heinrich Conrad von Dempter (see Venter Facts and Fiction).
  They took part in the Great Trek, towards the North.
  There are four Venter "tribes":

  Riem Venters - Tall and thin and settled North
  Blikoor Venters - They settled in the Free State / far Northern Cape
  Kalbas Venters - "balding/podgy" Venters
  Muishond Venters - Small / short Venters

 What The Venters are Not
  Original surname Venter
  Related to the von Dempter family in Hameln, Germany
  NOT van Deventer, van de Venter, von Dempter, Fenterinck or from the Netherlands etc.
Venter Stuff  
 History

 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  
 Background

 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

 Download them from here...

 My Most Recent Blog

 Read some of my thoughts and comments...

Last Updated 12 May 2010.

 

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Last updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011.
Site creation date: 23 December 1998.