News: Additional database added for SA Rowan family (founding father William Brown Rowan). No proven connection with my Rowan ancestors. Additional database added for SA Townshend family (founding father Herbert Townshend) which settled at Fraserburg, Western Cape 30-40 years before my ancestors arrived in South Africa. No SA connection with my ancestors. Additional database added for Prince Edward Island, Canada, Townshend family. No known connections with my Townshend family.
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Family History

Welcome to the genealogy page of the Baard (my father’s) and Townshend (my mother’s) family lines in South Africa. Since starting research in 2009 I have been able to document their origins back to the ancestors who emigrated from Europe. I will document these lines and those families close to the direct lines (spouses who have joined). As a result there is already extra information on the Rowan, Simonis, Coetzee, Van Rooyen, Berning, Lind, and Stander families. More families will be added as I get access to new family records. For those who can already see their records on the site, please make this site your own. I can add extra information for you and correct any errors that you may find. Frank Baard - 15 September 2020.
   
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