Having studied the Huguenot families from the Luberon region of Provence in France over the past few years, the author has found that there is a fundamental flaw in the popular picture of the progenitors of the Jordaan family in South Africa. The present work seeks to address this matter and to correct the genealogical structure of the two very distinct early Jourdan families in South Africa. The original work by De Villiers and Pama incorrectly assigned some of the children and omitted one Pierre Jourdan. This error has now permeated throughout the South African genealogical community and has assumed the stature of a truth. In the process the erroneous structure also married cousins to one another, whereas, in reality, the two spouses were quite unrelated. The real story is far more interesting.
A study of the voyage of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie ship China which sailed for the Cape from Goeree in Suid Holland on 20 March 1688 and the fate of a group French Huguenot passengers who sailed with her. This article first appeared in Familia (Journal of the Genealogical Society of South Africa) 47, 2010, Volume 1 but is substantially revised and updated in this edition.
Ariaentje Sterrevelt was the first ever immigrant to South Africa to have been born in North America, and in this article Harry takes us with him on his search and discovery mission into her life and times. This article first appeared in Familia (Journal of the Genealogical Society of South Africa) 48, 2011, Volume 2 but is substantially revised and updated in this edition.
Harry Booyens is a PhD Physicist with a long career in High Technology Research and Development. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he has lived and worked at high technology establishments in the United States, South Africa and Canada.
While his primary focus is Political and Military History, he finds that genealogical research provides much of the detailed evidence that is needed to support the history and bring it to life. His research has taken him all over Western Europe to small out of the way towns that hold the key to the history of South Africa. He has some twenty-seven international publications and several patents to his name.
Harry lives with his wife and son on the deeply rainforested outskirts of Vancouver in Canada, a far cry from his family's roots in the dry southern and eastern Karoo.