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About me

Occupation Writer, genealogist
Location South Africa
Introduction I started this blog to share with other family historians my experiences of over 40 years in genealogy, family history & local history. Though South African ancestry is of particular interest to me, there are no boundaries in family history. I have traced my own and other peoples' ancestors in the UK, Canada, US, Australia,and Europe. My special field is Natal - settler families, maritime history, Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer Wars; favourite pursuits: dating photographs, costume history, the history of slavery, lighthouses, history of India and the Indian diaspora, explorers, missionaries, ships; shipwrecks, British history, militaria. Comments on my blog or questions welcomed. Contact me at dixonsmithbygad[at]eastcoast[dot]co[dot]za My surnames of interest are Gadsden (and variants anywhere any date), Dixon-Smith (Northumberland), Hamilton (Ayrshire),Swires (Yorkshire), King (Kent), Gibson (Ayrshire, Canada), Bell (Cumberland, Solway), I do not undertake research for others.