The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1971

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Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 1997 - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) - 527 pages
History of Swiss emigration to South Africa, together with genealogies of immigrant descendants.
 

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Sadly, the writer of this book seems to have relied on some extremely unreliable information passed around among descendants in South Africa without checking details fairly readily available in England and Swtizerland. It should be remembered that the English 1820 Settlers at Algoa Bay, once they arrived suffered many privations and lost ready contact with both England and the Continent. Mis-rememberings and mis-transcriptions of names cause all manner of problems for genealogists and family historians. In particular, they should be suspicious of anything to do with francophone families from, for instance, Vaud.
I was horrified to find so many errors of fact when I first saw this book on display in the state archives of Neuchatel several years ago. Genealogists beware, and make sure you check original documents in the appropriate country for any specific life events.
 

Contents

Foreword
15
INTRODUCTION
21
ARRIVALS DURING THE TRANSITION TO BRITISH COLONIAL RULE
169
open spaces and lands in a prison cell
194
SWISS IMMIGRATION DURING THE COLONIAL PERIOD 18201945
213
IMMIGRATION 19461971
411
TRADE BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICA AND SWITZERLAND
419
THE MISSIONS
431
Sources
485
Unpublished Sources
491
Swiss or possible Swiss persons other than missionaries
501
Places of origin in Switzerland of persons other than missionaries
518
Places of origin in Switzerland of missionaries
526
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