Welcome!  Please read this page to its conclusion before proceeding to browse or search this project.

Important Reminders!

  • Links appear as  Bold/Underlined and will take you to the relevant page including to specific individuals on the person pages; and, to published articles in the Remarkable Writing and Uprooted Lives pages.
  • If you click or right-click on places that are Bold Underlined you will transition to the Google map for that place.
  • Don't forget our powerful search engine at http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui49.htm
  • And remember to click or right-click the Calendar of Events each day for anniversaries pertaining to individuals (your ancestors) in the project.


New on Remarkable Writing

A new article, "Adolph Jonker - a myth-shattering convergence of modern science and the 300-year-old record" reveals that DNA evidence supports conclusions that the Adolf/ph Jonker progenitor of the largest Jonker family in South Africa and ancestor of the renowned poet Ingrid Jonker was the son of Dayan Mamoedie, a prince of the royal house of Ternate - banished to the Cape in 1704 - and Rosetta van de Kust, a slave woman described variously in the record as being from the (Coromandel) Coast, Jafnapatnam, Ceylon, Bengal, Batavia and Macassar. Written by Delia Robertson.  This article should be read in conjunction with Mansell Upham's "God's Slave & Afrikaner 'Hearts of Darkness' - Abdullah alias Adolf Jonker (c.1709-1779)"

We also have "At Earth's Extremest End ... Op 't eijnde van de Aerd",  the latest article by Mansell Upham in his Uprooted Lives series, which examines the impact of the 'Angola' and 'Guinea' slaves at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century.

And Hot off the presses...

Mansell Upham has finally updated and completed his biography on Maaij Ansela van Bengale which originally featured in Capensis (1998)

Respectability Regained – Moeder Jagt`s truimphant reversal of her slave past

Throughout her long life Maaij Ansela astutely negotiates her rapidly upwardly mobile ascent by selecting caring VOC officials (Francois de Coninck & Johannes van As) that openly provide for her bastard offspring and finds a lawful husband Jagt willing to accommodate her and her 4 bastards. Together they spawn a mammoth Basson clan that permeates the entire Zwartland and beyond and every aspect of colonial life.


Don't forget the list (see Lists tab on click on the bold underlined link which follows) called First People, Slaves, Exiles, Convicts and their families. This list highlights first people, slaves, political exiles, convicts, their families and their descendants. The list also includes people in mixed unions (formal and otherwise) and their descendants - the extent of which are underestimated by many people. Few first people, Khoe, San, etc., are currently included in the project. This will change when I have finished entering data from the church and other records of the period and move on to the journals, official correspondence, court records, etc.

Background and goal of this project

This project began as a private endeavour to figure out some of the questions I had about my early Cape of Good Hope (de Caep de Goede Hoop / Cabo de Boa Esperanςa) ancestry, to ensure the foundations of my research into the genealogies of those ancestors was sound.

In time however, I realized my efforts might also help other researchers avoid the same errors I made when I first discovered this ancestry.

Consequently, the first goal of the project is to enter data from all records that are available for the first fifty years or so of the VOC settlement at the Cape which commenced in 1652. "Fifty years or so" because there is in some cases a natural progression that results from available research material.

But more than adding the data, the goal is to add full transcriptions and as far as is possible, an image of that record as an exhibit.

Where appropriate, it will also include groundbreaking published articles in the Acrobat format and linked to the relevant individuals.

But more than the records, this project includes a timeline (more to come); maps both static and live (more to come), a range of indexes, including a place index, an index of exhibits and a gallery of exhibits.

The second, and very important goal, is to generate discussion around the available data, to correct errors, and hopefully to shine more light on some enduring mysteries. In this regard, please write to me to correct errors (motivate and document if possible), or offer suggestions, opinions, and so on.

Please like and join in the discussion on the project Facebook page, co-managed by Mansell Upham and myself.

I also always welcome hearing from site users with corrections, updates, comments by email at: Delia Robertson




Highlighted Pages

  • If you're visiting for the first time, please first read the Important Information page to familiarise yourself with the general methodology used in entering the data, names, places, relationships, etc.

  • FFY is delighted to bring you Remarkable Writing - a section devoted to articles of high merit, whether about individuals, families, records, language or practices of the early decades of the colonial settlement at Cabo de Boa Esperanςa.  In paticular we recommend:

    Uprooted Lives


    an exciting occasional series by


    Mansell Upham

  • I am indebted to the many individuals whose generosity continues to add value to the site - they are highlighted on our Hall of Fame page.

  • Don't forget to visit our Update Page for a list of recent changes.

  •  Do visit our Knowledge Centre for articles that explain the laws, rules, practices and customs of the period.

  • And we have a useful Map Centre

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