A few days ago I discovered that FamilySearch now has death notices and indexes from Zimbabwe available online. This is good news for my other blog project, as part of the van Pletzen family migrated from South Africa to Zimbabwe around the turn of the 20th century. While browsing them to find van Pletzen records, I happened across another family name–Younge. My grandfather-in-law, Gert Frederik Heyns van Pletzen, married Ethel Bayman Younge. With the help of a reader who was kind enough to point me in the right direction, I was able to find her parents (James Forrest and Ethel Mary Bayman Younge), grandmother (Susan Forrest Younge), an aunt and uncle (Allan Gillespie and Jean Morrison Dempster Younge), and her half-brother (William Younge).
Allan Gillespie Younge -- death notice 1935
Ethel Mary (née Bayman) Younge -- death notice, 1944
James Forrest Younge -- death notice, 1942
Susan (née Forrest) Younge -- death notice, 1930
William Younge -- death notice, 1923
Several months ago I discovered a couple of websites that focus on South African genealogy: Ancestry24 and Ancestor.co.za. Ancestry24 is a subscription service with transcriptions of original records or compilations–including parish baptism, marriage and burial records, voter registration lists and court records. Some transcriptions can be viewed without a subscription. Ancestor.co.za has a limited collection (the South Africa Death Records index, South African Newspaper Classifieds from 2007 and South African Settler Families Genealogy), but they supply digital images of original records on a pay-per-view basis (US$7.00 or 50 ZAR per record). It can take several weeks to receive the digital image, but the wait is worth it–and for people like me, it helps to control costs!
Using these two sites, I’ve made some serious headway on our Conway – Bayman lines–my father-in-law’s great-grandmother’s family. It started when I found Eliza Conway Bayman listed in the Death Records index at Ancestor.co.za. When I finally received the image, I was thrilled to see not just her death date and age, but also her birthplace (Mossel Bay), husband’s name (James William Bayman), all of her children and her parents’ names (Richard and Ann Conway)!
Using this new information, I found the death record for her husband, James William Bayman, on Ancester.co.za. Not only did it list the usual, but I learned that he was born in London, England, and had a previous wife (Catherine Margareta Styl) and children. And again, it gave the names of his parents (James William and Sarah Davis Bayman).
I have taken this information and tried to find more information on James William Bayman in England records on Ancestry.com, but haven’t had much luck yet. However, yesterday I found baptismal records on Ancestry24 for several of James’ children with both wives. (HINT: when looking at baptism and marriage records, pay attention to the witnesses. Many times they are relatives and can contain missing information.)
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