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Venter Facts and Fiction  
What is the Truth?  
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 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...

 
 
 Myth #1   Myth #2   Myth #3     Facts
     
 
All Venters In South Africa have Pieter Venter as their ancestor

This is primarily based on researchers who could not find listings of the Venter children in the tax return reports, or census of the time, and assuming that they have died during the smallpox epidemic. Today, we know that at least two boy children, other than Pieter, survived to become adults, namely Bonifatius, who entered into a contract in 1723, at age 31: (Source : National Archives of South Africa) and Jan Hendrik, who was recorded in several tax returns (see below).

DEPOT KAB
SOURCE CJ
TYPE LEER
VOLUME_NO 2880
SYSTEM 01
REFERENCE 66
PART 1
DESCRIPTION VENTER, BONEVATIUS. VRYBURGER. KONTRAKTE.
STARTING 17230000
ENDING 17230000

Bonifatius signed contracts with "+", so it seems he was illiterate. As per above, on 26 February 1723 he entered into a contract with Barend Pietersz to work for him as a builder. (Bonifatius was an ordinary worker at the time and did not own property) The contract was drawn up by Hendrik Swellengrebel, and as part of the deal, Barend Pietersz had to provide free lodging, food and drinks and tobacco and pay 12 Gulde per month.

Of course, Jan Hendrik, the second youngest son of Hendrik and Anna, also survived to become an adult. He is listed in the Tax Returns of 1731, 1732 and 1733, etc. Tax Return (Opgaafrolle) reference J188 (1731/2) and J189 (1733).

 And then, long before Pama, de Villiers and others wrote their books about the South African Families, this person existed:

DEPOT TAB
SOURCE MHG
TYPE LEER
VOLUME_NO 0
SYSTEM 01
REFERENCE 5790/51
PART 1
DESCRIPTION VENTER, STEFANUS BONIFACIUS.
STARTING 19510000
ENDING 19510000
REMARKS SURVIVING SPOUSE AZALEA WINIFRED VENTER (BORN PARSONS)

 
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...

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Last Updated 12 May 2010.

 

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