Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tracing birth parentd

I trace birth parents in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Harare, Bullawyo, Namibia etc.

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Leonie Erasmus

Finding a friend

Hi, I am trying to trace Margaret an orphan at St Clair's in Bulawayo. She was sponsored by Jim Goodwin. I do not remember her surname, but know she married in Bulawayo. I believe the dates she was at the orphanage was around 1935 to about 1960.

It would be great if you could help me to locate anything about her. Thanks for your help Gayle Gayle Whyte []

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Help needed


We think for various reasons that it’s possible that Joey might have assumed another person’s identity in the form of a birth certificate (there was never any evidence that she had an I.D and as a result never did anything formal like open a bank account in her name), when she was in her mid twenties, but this was after she had married O’Connell in around 1969.  


What will prove everything is her first marriage certificate to an O’Connell. This marriage certificate has never been found. We are certain of the O’Connell part and there are indications that his first names were Daniel Charles.  The most likely year for the marriage would have been 1969, but could have been up to two years either side.  We suspect Joey’s name would be either Johanna or Joana or Joanne.


Our request is: Would it be possible to search all O’Connell marriages from say 1966 to 1970?  If we can get the truth from that then the rest of the information becomes easier.


Thank-you for your help,


James Duguid.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Can anyone help?
My wife Charmaine Duguid (nee Ferriera) has been trying to find information about her mother’s family for many years.  Her mother (Johanna Ferreira) died last week and for some reason never disclosed information about her birth family.  At the very end when she was very frail (with advanced pneumonia) she wanted us to notify all her family.  We don’t know what her reasons were for being estranged from her family and we don’t really care, we would just like to get in touch with them and to notify them of her passing and would be really grateful if you could help. We have the death notice from the doctor if you should need a copy. The details we have are as follows:


1)      Full Name: Johanna Christina Gertruida Ferreira (Maiden name: Pieterse) AKA “Joey”.

Born: 19th December 1947 to father David Jacobus Pieterse (who was born in SA) and Mother: Maria Dorothea Botha, (also born in SA).

Birth Place: 5 Porter Cement Homes, Arcadia, Salisbury.

Birth certificate Entry Number: SBY/1162/47. Date of Reg: 06th December 1947.


Further info: James Duguid []


2)      Joey married Daniel. C. O’Connell in around 1969 and had two children by him, Ryan (born 23rd August 1969) and Magdalina (born 9th April 1971). She then got divorced around 1973.  She then gave birth to Rodney on 14th April 1974. (the birth certificate claims the father was “unknown”).

3)      Joey then got re-married to Andries Hendrik Ferreira on 23rd January 1976, whom she was married to until his death on the 3rd January 2000. She had to children with Andries, Charmaine (born 1976) and Adrian (born 1978).


What we are seeking is any information pertaining to Joey’s parents and her brothers and sisters.  We are not certain of any names for her siblings but would desperately want to find out their names and get in touch with them.  They were likely also born in the then Salisbury.  


Any help would be greatly appreciated,




James Duguid.