There is a dignity to history; and when we are gone, history is all that is left. History is about people, not only the biographies of great men, but of those innumerable ordinary folk without whom the great would be nothing.
W S Gilbert wrote : “I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something in-conceivable”. With the defining of the human genome, what was spoken as jest is becoming a reality. To what degree we are products of our environment or creations of our genetic make-up currently we can only speculate on. What seems certain is that both influence our behaviour more than we would care to admit.
Genealogy is not only the study of pedigrees, it is an understanding of ourselves. An understanding of those people that contributed to our physical structure , to our psycho-social behaviour and to our spiritual dimension. It is a summation of people and of families, and a distillation of a society.
So, here presented is a catalogue of the people that have contributed to the creation of one individual, Denise Kotzé.
“Our revels are now ended. These our actors
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision.
“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with sleep”.
This research is dedicated to my wife,
Denise Pelteret (neé Kotzé),
on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her birth.