Good day all,
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I've reached the proverbial brickwall in my research.
My great-great-grandfather, Louis RENZE died 28 Jan. 1907 in South Africa. His Death Notice has his nationality and birthplace only as Germany. There is no entry for his parents names either.
We have a family story that says when he came to South Africa, for some unknown reason (to us), he changed the family name from RENTZE / RENTZ to RENZE.
If there is anyone that could assist me with finding out who his parents were and where he was born, I would be most appreciative.
He was 78 / 84 years old when he died. There are 2 Death Notices for him and there are 2 different ages. This would place his birth at around the 1820's.
I know he is on one of the Voters Rolls here in South Africa for 1878, so he would have arrived in South Africa prior to that.
I hope that someone out there could possibly assist me with this.