Making family history

Shaun Gillham

A NELSON Mandela Bay man has written a book believed to be the first to track the genealogy of a coloured family in the metro. Walter Renze, 39, of Overbaakens, completed his work, The Ties that Bind, earlier this year. It is based on the history of his family.

Renze was raised in Korsten and went to school in the city’s northern areas.

Speaking from his home this week Renze, who works for Volkswagen in Uitenhage, said he had been inspired to trace his family’s history after the death of his father several years ago and because he was “very interested in my family and family history”.

“This will be the first time a [Bay] coloured family’s history is in print. The family trees will also be available to the genealogy community through the Omnibus 8 CD of the Genealogy Society of South Africa. This, again, is a first for the coloured community,” said Renze, who said he would attempt to get more exposure for the publication through institutions like the South End Museum.

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