About 80% of the Greeff clan lives in South Africa, and most of them understand Afrikaans and English. Roughly 10% of the clan lives in Germany, and they speak German, and understand English. Another 10%, more or less, live in America, where English has not been spoken since the revolution. Because the Greeff Genealogy Journal is also read in New Zealand, Australia, Cuba and Qatar we try to write most of it in English.
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About our Journal
The journal covers several families and surnames, quite simply because no surname exists in isolation from other surnames. People are born Greeff and adopt other surnames when they marry, and other people become Greeff by adoption or marriage. They are each 'one of us'.
The Journal covers both Genealogy and Family History. Genealogy is the science of creating family trees, which are also called pedigrees or genealogies. Family trees are a special abbreviation of Family Histories, and they are a special kind of short hand for a detailed Family History, because without knowledge of the Family History behind a genealogy the genealogy becomes meaningless. The genealogy of a recehorse, for example, has meaning if the reader knows that the tree refers to racehorses, and it has far greater meaning if the reader knows which races each horse in the genealogy won, and whether the progeny of any particular horse inherited its swiftness or not. Family History tells not only the history of each individual in a genealogy, but also the history of the family, as a unit. A good example is the Family History of a Royal family, in which several people were Kings or Queens and the rest of the family's lives revolved around the throne. In the Greeff family one man decided to emigrate from Germany to South Africa, and that decision dominated the lives of twelve generations of his descendants.
The journal serves the interests of all people related to any Greeff person, all over the world. This is a vast mandate, considering that the Greeff Genealogy Journal started life as "Die Lichtenburgstam", the newsletter of that branch of the family who descended from Hendrik Adriaan Greeff, the founder of the town Lichtenburg in South Africa. The descendants in question included the daughters of daughters and their daughters and spouses, so that the branch included all the descendants of General de la Rey, who married Nonnie Greeff, daughter of the founder. The branch includes van Niekerks, de Vos, Schoeman and many dozens of other surnames. The 'Lichtenburgstam' remains a regular column in the Greeff Genealogy Journal, which has outgrown its original mandate.
Other regular features include a review of the latest genealogical research, and a book section, which reports on books by or about family members. There is a regular biography, under the title "Who am I", or "Wie is ek", since much of the news arrives from South Africa, in Afrikaans. Ninety percent of the Greeff people of the world live in South Africa.
The journal also serves as a medium of communication between all people who research the family, even if they only have one of us in their entire tree. Any person may submit an article for publication in the Greeff Genealogy Journal. All submissions are very welcome and actively encouraged.
Here are one hundred of the surnames that are a small part of our vast family, for they are part of the Lichtenburg branch only.
For more surnames, please click on the links:
The Lichtenburg branch:
All Greeff relations:
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Greeff Family Web Site: www.Greeff.info
Greeff Familie Webblad: www.Greeff.info
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