Help with your family tree

King William’s Town’s Joanne Stolk has taken it upon herself to provide a unique service to the community – genealogy.

This hobby-turned-passion project is a way for Stolk to continue assisting the community after a cemetery clean-up campaign in 2018.

“After joining the Friends of King William’s Town Facebook group, it was evident that many people had the most amazing memories of our town. I realised that many people are especially interested in researching their personal family trees,” Stolk said.

She says her interest in genealogy took off in cites getting involved in research as far back as 2003 when she researched her searching for her grandmother’s family.

FAMILY TREES: A picture of Joanne Stolk’s grandmother’s family, the Till family, taken in 1954. Her grandmother, Joan Hughes (nee Till) is in the back row, third from left.
Picture: SUPPLIED.

She created the KWT Genealogy and Research Facebook group where many people interested in researching their personal family trees could ask Stolk for help.

n balancing this with her occupation, Stolk though has to balance this out with making time to visit the Amathole Museum for research purposes. but the challenge is that there’s “never enough time”.

“I visit the archives of the local Amathole Museum. It is a wonderful source of information! The friendly staff are always willing to assist and guide you.” I have been a regular visitor for a few years so I do feel like part of their family,” she said.

Stolk keeps a record of all requests to keep track of name references while conducting her research.

If anyone has any queries about family roots or other queries, contact Amathole Museum on 043-642-4506.

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