While considering the ultimate question, “How can I combine another of my passions with my business” it suddenly occurred to me that there is a way!
I have been collecting books for many years now especially those that may contain info on South African family history and/or genealogy. My bookshelves are now bulging with various editions of the Who’s Who of Southern Africa with the earliest being 1912, The Cape Civil Service lists for 1900 and 1908. Women of South Africa, more than 50 editions of Africana Notes and News, and BSAP Men Who made Rhodesia amongst many, many ,other scarce and relevant titles.
I love nothing more than trying to help people find out more about their family history. The excitement that an interesting snippet of information hidden away in a dusty old tome can bring to someone who is building their family tree, and the story that goes with it, is always a joy.
Hence I have decided to offer look ups via my seller listings on Bidorbuy. If you are wondering if you can trust me with your hard earned cash, as you can see, if you hit the Bob button on the right of this blog I have been selling books on Bidorbuy since 2008 and am a verified seller with more than 1000, 100% positive ratings, from my customers.
I am excited to get going on this new adventure and hope you are too! J
How will this work and what will it cost?
1.) Simply make an enquiry via this blogs comments section giving me details of name, area, dates etc relating to a specific person, or just a surname if you are collecting information on a particular family name ( This would obviously result in a lot more info) . ( Please do not leave details of living individuals out of respect for their privacy).
2.) I will search through my books and should I find relevant information will answer your enquiry with a quote based on the amount of information I would need to type up ( at a rate of 20c per word and R5 per scanned photo).
3.) Should the quote be agreeable to you I will then make a personal listing for you on Bidorbuy for the agreed amount and tell you where to find it there. All you will have to do then is hit the Buy Now button!
I can accepts payments via Bobpay EFT or Paypal
How will I receive the information?
Once you have placed your order on Bidorbuy and paid the agreed amount, I will type up the relevant information and send it to your email address as an attached Word document and/or photo attachment. I will endeavour to get the information to you as quickly as possible. The time it will take me is obviously related to the amount of information I have found.
An example below, with a scan of the relevant head and shoulders photo ( see above), would cost you R17
Extract From 1912 South African Who’s Who
“DE SMIDT, John Pascal Larkins, Magistrate, Rhodesian Civil Service; b. 8th Feb., 1871, at Clanwilliam, C.C.; s. of the late Wm. De Smidt, M.L.A. Educ. Diocesan College, Rondebosch; m. 11th Sept. 1900, Henrietta Eliza Foster; 3 sons. Joined Cape Colony Civil Service Jan., 1890. Transferred to Rhodesia Nov., 1897. Mem. Bulawayo Club. Add., Bulawayo Rhodesia.”