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Sites To Go To  

 When looking for information about your family, or just history in general, it is important to remember that up to the mid to late 1980's, the world was not as "connected" as it is now, and computers were not as readily available either. Birth-, Marriage- and Death Certificates were handwritten and captured onto a computer system later. Sometimes mistakes crept in during the capture process. Obviously, earlier records were only handwritten and whilst there is a process to digitise and put into electronic format, on the go, not everything is necessarily available. There are still thousands of files and microfilm (and books) in various archives, that one would need to consult.

 There is no such thing as the "correct" spelling of a name, particularly in genealogy. Variations abound, and they change with time. Indeed, there is often not a "correct" name for a particular person. As examples, in South Africa, the surname Venter was recorded as "Venters" and "Fenter" amongst other variations. Even our relatives, the Viljoens, have this. Their surname was spelt "Villion", "Viljon", "Signon" (See marriage register of Francois and Cornelia, parents of Hendrik's second wife Anna - Church Register, Cape Town Congregation, Cape Archives, VC603, VC604, VC605, VC644, marriages, page 81, 1676).

 Therefore, particularly when searching "old" records, you should search for variations of names and surnames, including "sounds like". Ideally, you should somewhat understand the concept of linguistics. Also, widen the date ranges of your search to a tolerance of about 10% either way. The dates you have in mind, may not be the dates at all!

 I recommend you read "Introduction to the Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope" by Dr. Helena Liebenberg.

 The web sites listed here, are particularly for South Africans.

 Where To Go
  "Real" information about the Venter family
  National Archives of South Africa (NAAIRS)
  TANAP (Old Cape Archives)
  TANAP (VOC Archives)
  VOC Passenger and Crew Lists
  VOC Detailed Ship Lists (1595 - 1795)
  VOC Ship List Website
  Rijksarchief in Den Haag
  Digital Resources: Netherlands and Belgium
  British Concentration Camps of the South African War
  The Great Trek (Voortrekkers)
  Links Provided By eGSSA
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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Last updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011.
Site creation date: 23 December 1998.