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Geldenhuys Genealogy

This book is in draft form - manuscript will be submitted to the printers for a proof copy mid 2010, with publication date of December 2010 anticipated. A separate My Heritage website has also been launched - - please email the author Prop Geldenhuys on

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Proof copy available at R100


Albert Barend Gildenhuizen arrived at the Cape in 1661 from Burgsteinfurt, Wesfale, Holland, as a sailor on board the ship ‘Princesse Royale’. He became a “vryburger” on 23rd September 1661, the year before Cape founder Jan van Riebeeck returned to the Netherlands. His descendant son, Barend Gildenhausen, was the first purchaser of Vergelegen – the Hottentots Holland wine farm established by Willem Adriaan van der Stel (now Somerset West).

The 'Preller Matt Geldenhuys' side of the family settled in the Kroonstad / Bothaville area of the Free State, after having relocated from Stellenbosch and then Malgasrivier. The authors grandfather, Johannes Albertus, fought in the Western Front of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (Seige of Kimberley) and his father, Abram Carl Frederik Preller Geldenhuys fought in the Abyssinian Campaign (East Africa) during the Second World War 1939-1945. The author fought in the Rhodesian War 1965-1980.

12 generations of the family line have now been traced - - and many interesting family and distant relatives have been located or contacted. As a result thereof, the Geldenhuys Genealogy now covers a much wider field than originally envisaged.



From Albert Barend Gildenhuizen (1661) to date – 2010. Although this is mainly about the Geldenhuys’e that settled in the Kroonstad / Bothaville areas of the Free State, it includes numerous other families who have contacted the author.
This genealogy listing covering 12 generations during the past 350 years is perhaps the most comprehensive ‘Geldenhuys’ listing yet published.
The manuscript is currently available in CD electronic format (at R100 + P&P), and runs to 260 pages in A4 format (draft A5 sized prints have also proved very readable), approx 133000 words. Popular demand seems to favour the larger A4 size, but with Print-on-Demand (POD), the smaller sized A5 book is also possible. An attempt is being made to insert an Index.
The manuscript is arranged in four main sections:-
• Introduction, Stamregister, name changes, notorious personalities, places of interest, general comments and Vergelegen owners.
• Chronological history – with brief mention of the Anglo-Boer War, World War II East African Campaign and the Rhodesian War.
• Dictionary of names – alphabetical order with some passport sized photographs {this section takes up 108 pages – half the book}.
• Geldenhuys genealogy listing, heading the main intermarriages, such as the Botha, Bouwer, Brink, Coetzer, De Waal, Dippenaar, Estment, Gerber,  Jelley, Howard,  Le Roux, Lotter, Malan, Moodie, Odendaal, Preller, Schickerling, Sinton, Van Aardt, Venter and Whiteley marriages.
Publication date of December 2010 is anticipated for this Fourth Edition.


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