The Uys Family Tree. My interest in this whole family tree thing was raised many years ago when I was still a young man. Some stranger called me up and said he had some photo’s to show me, would I be interested? His name was Barney Uys, and he lived somewhere in northern Pretoria.

What he showed me was intriguing. He had old photo’s of old people and places that I barely recognised but have definitely seen. I asked my parents (who were still alive at the time) and soon we were able to help Barney fit a few more pieces into his family tree puzzle. Since then, it has always been a hobby to know where I fit into my family tree.

When my own- and step-children had to do school assignments on their genealogy it became doubly interesting. We don’t always find solid evidences when we do our research, and even something as seemingly solid as a tombstone can contain erroneous dates. The challenge is to keep on searching for more bits because the more pieces of the puzzle we have the clearer the picture becomes.

As of March 2008 I employed some students to do research on my behalf, and they presented me with some fascinating data that I published. Sadly I later discovered that it was severely plagiarized. Also, there seems to be two distinctly differing versions of the family history. When I was made aware of this problem in early 2010 I decided not to publish any more information unless it falls within my personally observable knowledge.

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    For some or other reason I got the urge 2 days ago to put together a family tree, but I’m completely stuck right now. I remember as a child my mom told me that my dad (Andries Hendrik Johannes Potgieter) was a direct descendant from AH Potgieter (the Voortrekker). I traced from AH Potgieter the line back to a Potgieter from Germany in 1463, but between AH Potgieter and myself there’s a massive gap that I just can’t find any information on. I’ve got his children’s names, but can’t really get any further than that. Any suggestions?

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