NOTE: Blog is still very much in progress.

This blog is all about me, or more specifically, all of the branches and gnarls and couplings and ship voyages that led to the existence of me, a South African of European descent.

My name is Carly Faye Brown, just so you know. I would highly advise you start here, with me, because this link is obviously the most interesting.

I study Biology and am fascinated by genes and the flow and combination of genes that over time have come to reside in me. Because I am just so fascinating.

I would find it confusing to call this the "Brown family tree" because there are many families other than the Browns that came together to create the pinnacle of evolution that is me (ha).

The Brown side of my family is actually very difficult to trace. I know that they were 1820 Settlers in South Africa, but the name is too common and my family's memory does not stretch back all that far.

When I say difficult to trace, I mean difficult as in I cannot find out answers with Google in five minutes. I am very fortunate that in My Dad's family tree there are branches that lead back to two significant events in South African history, and that means that other diligent genealogists have spent hours researching and finding records and death and birth certificates and compiling databases, so that lazy people like me can just google all of this for free and assemble a large amount of information very quickly.

Lucky me!

I can trace my gene pool back to the 1820 Settlers who were sent over by the British to farm and establish a British presence in South Africa. They are quite a famous group of people in South Africa... among other 1820 Settlers. I doubt anyone of my age or below has heard of them unless they are descendants thereof.

There is an excellent 1820 Settlers database, which I used for all of my information on these branches of my family.

I can also trace my gene pool to the boats that the Dutch East India Company sent to the Cape in the 1650's to establish the original permanent settlement that was to farm supplies for the ships that rounded the Cape of Good Hope. I think even young South Africans know all about this, or so they should! This is when the pesky white people first decided to move in and cause trouble.

I really am lucky, because other people interested in genealogy can sometimes only go back two or three generations before they need to start contacting records offices and doing hard graft.

Thank you to all the people that put all of my ancestors' information online so that I did not have to do anything. You rock!

The information that I have is in some cases incomplete and I do not have as much extensive information on my Mother's side of the family (just not famous enough) but again, lucky me, one of my aunts has done some hard graft on that end and the information that I do have is all thanks to her. Thank you Lynda!

I hope to fill in gaps as and when I can, and if anyone has any information, it would always be greatly appreciated.

I did not go into too much detail unless the person actually contributed genetically to me, as in, I did not go into the detail of my great great aunts and uncles, because that would be insane. People in those days had crap loads of kids and sometimes we are talking like 12 great-great aunts and uncles per branch. I have tried to link to the less lazy people's databases so that if you are interested you can go and look these minor (to me) characters up.

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