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From: Lehmkuhl <>
Subject: Re: ELLIS - St Helena and Natal
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 03:04:07 -0700
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At 27/07/01 Friday, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I'm the Anglican priest in the township parish of Steenberg in Cape Town.
>My own recent interest in genealogy has caused me to mention it to
>parishioners and a lot of them have said that they want to research their
>families. What surprises me is the large number who say "My family came
>from St Helena originally" Do you think this is true? or merely a
>euphemism for somewhere over the seas like - somewhere else in Africa or
>even the far east - (Malaysia etc)? In the "good old days" many so-called
>coloured people of the Western Cape would try and deny their Khoisan
>inheritance. Now of course- like the Australians and their convict
>ancestors - us Capetonians are looking desperately for Khoisan ancestors!
>I've agreed to help some of them in their research so hopefully I'll be able
>to answer my own questions soon
>Derek Pratt

Dear Derek
Yes, it is true. Last year I did research for a South African client who
lives in Germany. Her mother's family went from St Helena to the Cape. The
mother's side I was able to find relatively easy as there was a British man
in the family, but her father's line is not easy (even though they were
Khoi descendants).

Anne Lehmkuhl (Write Stuff Productions): Professional genealogist
specialising in South African genealogy & family history research.
Publisher of Generations - a monthly South African genealogy newsletter.
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