26 April 2010


The last issue of Generations - A South African genealogy newsletter was Issue 30. This newsletter specialized in South African genealogy. The first issue was published in April 1997. It contained articles of interest to anyone researching South African ancestors and/or descendants, and was published by Anne Lehmkuhl.

The newsletter was re-launched in January 2008, under a new name - Bygones & Byways - and is a must-read for anyone interested in South African family history / genealogy, heritage, history and related travel. It is now available as a blog. Bygones & Byways is an independent, privately published blog which has something for everyone, whether you are just starting to trace your family tree or have been doing so for many years. Find out about the hidden history of little-known places and people, what is available in old records and more amongst the feature articles, advice tips and news.

GENERATIONS - THE BOOK is an e-book of past newsletter articles.
This book is a collection of most of the articles published in the April 1997 - June 1999 newsletters. 200 pages, excluding index of names found in Queries section.
The majority of these articles have been published on my blogs, therefore this book is no longer available.

Article index:
- Christmas in early Cape Town.
- Tracing your European ancestors: a brief introduction (covers France, Holland, Germany, England and Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal).
- Family Reunions: how to plan yours.
- Some South African resources at the Family History Centre (LDS/Mormon Church): titles and numbers.
- Looking after your photographs.
- Death notices for Anna Johanna Coetzee.
- Official request forms for Birth, Marriage and Death certificates (Department of Home Affairs).
- South African naming patterns.
- South African surnames: a background.
- South African historical dates for genealogists.
- De Villiers numbering system: an explanation.
- Writing a genealogy query.
- Abbreviated first names.
- "Lady Kennaway" passenger list: arrived in East London on 20 November 1857.
- Mini dictionary: genealogical terms in South Africa.
- British Settlers in Natal, 1849-1851: a listing of about 800 people.
- Starting children on the ancestral trail.
- South Africa's people: a brief look at their history (covers Swedish, Danish, Irish, Asians, Norwegians, Germans, British, Portuguese, Dutch, Jewish, French [with list of French Huguenots]).
- Genealogical insurance policy: safe-guarding your research.
- Family associations: what are they, what do they do.
- Publish or perish: putting your research into book form.
- Genealogical societies in South Africa.
- Mazawattee Tea Company.
- The Bergthiel Settlers in Natal: a listing.
- Who's who in the family tree: relationships.
- Looking for Anglo-Boer War graves in South Africa.
- Boer Generals in the USA: includes partial listing.
- Old medical terms.
- Who was Scotty Smith (aka George St Ledger Gordon).
- Wynberg Military Camp Officers Club burns down.
- Maria Koopmans de Wet.
- Bricks and diamonds: Thomas Cullinan.
- Storing family treasures.
- "Titanic" and its South African connections.
- Cities, towns and villages: a little history of South African places (includes Richmond, Yeoville, Mossel Bay, Johannesburg, Eshowe, Dundee, Ixopo, Estcourt, Glencoe, Greytown).
- Waiting for replies to genealogical queries: increase your response rate.
- Who was Fanny Barnato?
- The German Orphans Scheme, 1948, Pretoria.
- Concentration camp children (Paul Bosman, Mrs. AM Bezuidenhout, Mr. NM Botha, Mrs. Barkhuizen, Mrs. Juin, Lizzie Oudhoff, Mrs. MM Kok).
- Polish Orphanage in Oudtshoorn.
- Boers in East Africa.
- Boers in Argentina.
- Richard Daniel of Sidbury.
- Gustav Schoeman Preller of Pelindaba.
- Abraham Kriel Children's Home.
- James Anderson: Africa's oldest living WW1 veteran.
- Doing farm research.
- Death notices and death certificates: an explanation.
- The Pennington family of Natal.
- South Africa's WW1 Aces: a listing.
- Plus HUNDREDS of South African queries.

ROUTES TO ROUTES is an e-book, a collection of Web sites for South African genealogy & family history research, compiled by Anne Lehmkuhl. This e-book is a must for those looking for South African genealogy and family history on the Internet. It helps you get to the right places, quickly and efficiently. Routes to Roots contains 900+ Web sites or contact addresses.

Over the years, Anne has gained a reputation for finding genealogical or historical information easily, as well as locating elusive ancestors or descendants. Some of her success stories include:

- Re-uniting two long-lost friends, one in the USA and one in South Africa, after 40 years of no contact.
- Locating someone's South African family history, with photos, within an hour of receiving the query from Australia.
- Re-uniting two cousins, one in the USA and one in South Africa, who didn't know they had family connections.
- Putting together someone's family history that started in England, led to South Africa and ended up in Australia.
- Providing background research for the British TV series "Who Do You Think You Are"

Each Web site or contact address in Routes to Roots has been selected for its relevance to South African research. This e-book has 132 pages. The Web sites or contacts are arranged under the following categories:

- 1820 Settlers
- Adoption - includes an article on adoption records
- Anglo-Boer War - includes notes on Anglo-Boer War records
- Antiques / Auctions
- Archives and Libraries
- Beginning Genealogy - includes a brief history and geography of South Africa, notes on beginning your search and sources of information in South Africa
- Books
- Churches
- Coats-of-Arms - includes notes on the use of coats-of-arms
- Computer Stuff
- Databases maintained by individuals
- Dutch East India Company (VOC)
- Family histories on-line - 124 Web sites full of South African roots
- Genealogical societies
- General South African history
- Magazines
- Maps and Gazetters
- Message boards / E-mail lists
- Military - includes notes on researching military ancestors, a listing of useful books for military research
- Miscellaneous
- Museums - 118 Web sites
- Namibia
- Newspapers - 220 South African Web sites or contact details
- Overseas research
- People search
- Police
- Preserving memories
- Professions
- Search engines - includes notes on using search engines
- Settlers - German, Jews, Italians and more
- Shipping
- Sport
- Towns / Cities
- Zimbabwe

For purchase details contact Anne