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Your ar­ti­cle about Van­wyks­dorp in Plat­te­land #11 brought back mem­o­ries. My grand­fa­ther, Johannes Ul­rich Gelderblom, was a miller on Bo­plaas near Van­wyks­dorp, and my grand­fa­ther, Izak Johannes Gelderblom, farmed with wheat, fruit, veg­eta­bles and os­triches on Assegaai­bos. Af­ter the De­pres­sion and the drop in the os­trich price, they were forced to move away to find an­other liveli­hood.

Many years ago, Dutch Gelderblom fam­i­lies launched a com­pre­hen­sive re­search project with the aim of pub­lish­ing a full fam­ily tree in book for­mat. Some of the Gelderblom de­scen­dants in South Africa con­trib­uted, and this data was in­cluded in the 325-page Ge­nealo­gie Gelderblom: Een Overzicht van Circa 2000 Gezin­nen.

The re­sult was that the South African Ian Gelderblom or­gan­ised a Gelderblom re­union in Van­wyks­dorp in 2007, be­cause so many lo­cal Gelderbloms have roots in this town. About 150 peo­ple at­tended the re­union.

Your won­der­ful ar­ti­cle has in­spired me to visit Van­wyks­dorp again!

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