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Name George Garrettson
Date 2020-02-21 20:15:48

Continuing research on my 7thGGrandfather, Gerrit Rutten. Have located marriage records in Amsterdam and Sloterdijk. Birth uncertain about 1663. Marriage record mentions Neimegin(sp?).
Are any of the New Amsterdam records still in Netherlands archives?

Name Robert Liles
Date 2018-08-30 16:49:53

I stumbled onto your web site after conducting genealogy research on my family.

I luckily had a language translator app on my phone and was able to eventually translate most of the registration documents I located and learned the patterns in official documents you talk about.

Thankfully, many of documents had very legible handwritten sections which I could usually make out when the Dutch spelling correction would appear and make the word evident.

The advice you listed for checking names of van de Voorts and the like explained the lack of hits I was getting on the search engines ! That was a great tip.

Thanks for your work on your website.


Name Mandy Kolkana
Date 2016-04-29 18:04:02

Hi! My husband's family (John Kolkana) emigrated from Holland to the US in 1872, but we suspect his name was changed to Kolkana upon arrival in America. I have searched endlessly to discover what his birth name was, but to no avail. I'm hoping I can find more information here. Thank you!

Comment by Henk

Hi Mandy,

There was a Kolkena family in the town Kloosterburen (province Groningen) in the 19th century, maybe your husband descends from this family?

Name Azencion Clara Garza
Date 2016-02-28 13:33:19

Hello, I am 55 , and have been searching for my 3 times grandfather from Holland. The last person who knew him was my great grandfather, who died in 1976, when I was 16. They say his name was Alvino, and that his town was near a harbor. The story goes on to say his mother and father died of illness, so he stored away on a ship, as he was alone in the world. What he didn't know was, that it was going to Mexico!! He was 12 or 13. I think he left from Harlingen, my great grandfather mention his wooden shoes and his blue eyes, also how tall he was! Where can I go from here, time is running out. Can someone from Friesland help me?!
Sincerely, Clara

Name Jan Groen
Date 2016-02-22 02:14:31

Thank you so much for the very useful website. I have and will continue to send many folks this way as they are researching their families. Ps my mothers maiden name was van Kampen, they came out of Sneek, Friesland. Dont know if they cross your line anywhere but there are Dirks and Sybrandus van Kampens in the line

thanks again

Name Guido Fightmaster
Date 2016-02-20 23:53:23

I will be looking for my Dutch ancestors. I know they sailed from Hamburg around 1750, as "Fightmaster" is documented there. But I know that this was the name given to them when they arrived. A mother and 2 sons, at least one of whom was married at that time. The story goes: the oldest son signs the ships manifest as "Veit(sp?)...master" as in head of the family. This is possibly misinterpreted as Fightmaster. And they carry on the rest of their lives as Fightmaster.

Name John D. Wiebe
Date 2016-01-23 04:19:49

My great grandfather was Adam Wiebe von Harlingen. He was the inventor of the cable car. He left Harlingen due to the Spanish invading in the late 1500's and settled in Danzig Germany/Poland. He was given the title of Royal Engineer by the King of Poland for his engineering works and achievements. I would love to visit Harlingen and Danzig someday. I have a connection within my heart i cannot explain to both locations. God Bless, John D. Wiebe

Name Maria VanDeursen
Date 2015-07-05 19:21:48

Traced my ancestors back to Jan Van Deursen born 1393 in Deur(s)en, Netherlands. Having trouble tracing his father and connect to Govert Van Doorsen. Traveling to Netherlands in August and looking for local help with research.

Comment by Henk

Deursen is a village in the municipality Oss, province Noord-Brabant. Get in touch with the city archive of Oss (, or the provincial archive of Noord-Brabant ( They can probably help you (or know someone who can).

Name Ann Casey
Date 2015-03-07 02:33:41

I have just read the information you provided on Dutch baptisms, marriages, and births. Thank you! The information is wonderful and helpful! I appreciate your work! My maiden surname is Becker, and according to the information I have my ancestor was Jeuriaen Becker (1608-bef.1708) in the Netherlands. His son, Jan (Juriaensen) Becker, born 1630 was, as a young man, sent over on the "King Solomon" by the West India Company to serve as its clerk. He married Maria Adriaens in America. Other Dutch ancestors who married into the Becker family include the Van der Zees, Van der Bilts, etc., all from the Albany (New York) area. Information I have about the Becker family in the Netherlands is that Jan was born in Noord-Holland. (The source of this information came from a family tree on Ancestry, so I do not know how accurate it is). I also do not know the name of Jurrian Becker's wife and am wondering if you could suggest how I might be able to obtain this. Thank you for any help you can provid

Name Patricia Deguise
Date 2015-03-02 22:17:25

I have just "stumbled" upon your site and find it extremely useful. My mother was a war bride who came to Canada in 1946. She left 6 brothers and sisters in Almelo. She lost contact with them and I never asked her about her life in the Netherlands while she was alive. I have obtained addresses of (hopefully) one living uncle and one cousin. I am totally new at this genealogy and will be happy to know more about my Mom and her family. She was born in Scharnegoutum in 1919 and her family moved to Almelo. I will be visiting the Netherlands in May and hope to learn a little more. I plan to use the resources on your site to help me. Thank you for putting this all together. Patricia Deguise, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Name Christine
Date 2014-11-26 16:00:11

Just found this website. Fantastic site!

I am just beginning to trace my mother's family, all of whom seem to come from Fryslan. My mother (died in Canada in 2010) was Janna Schaap, daughter of Jan Schaap and Ietje Betten. For now I am focusing on the women: I've gone back to great-great-great-great-great grandmother Antje Hendriks Minkema, 1785 - 1874. I know the "great"grandmother before Antje was first name Itjte, but don't know if her surname was Abeles, or Abeles Hofman. Haven't found a birth record for her.

I have so far found: Ietje Betten (grandmother), and before her, Trijntje Bus, Ietje Andries Bus, Jantje Roelofs Luik, Antje Hendriks Minkema, and Itjte Abeles (? Hofman).

Any suggestion as to how to go back further? I speak only English.

Comment by Henk

Dear Christine,

In the 18th century many Frisian families did not have a family name. The name Hofman may have been adopted in 1811, when family names became compulsory. So before 1811, look for Ittje (or Yttje) Abel(e)s. Keep in mind that spelling of names was inconsistent at the time!

1811 was also the year that a proper registration of births and deaths started. Before 1811, search for baptisms and burials in church books. Not all books are indexed yet, but many are scanned and available at

Good luck with your search!

Name Bauer
Date 2014-07-19 20:37:49

Ik ben met de stamboom bezig van Bollebakker in Hilversum, vond bij u ook bollebakkers, weet nog niet of zij familie zijn.In iedergeval bedankt.met vriedelijke groet van Cor Bauer

Name PrinsOldebroekKampen
Date 2014-06-23 14:16:42

Genealogie PRINS met o.a. Hendrik Evertsen Prins en Aalt Tijmens Prins uit OLDEBROEK en KAMPEN met nakomelingen in CANADA en USA. Meer dan 500 pagina's PRINS met veel foto's. Aanvullingen zijn welkom.

Name Fran Pattarini
Date 2014-04-25 03:20:18

Van der Bur in U.S.A. My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Vanderbur, b Indiana 1852, lived in Russell, KS, d. 1942 OH. Her father was Francis Vanderbur b 1823 IN, d 1898 KS. His father was Thomas G. Vanderbur b 28 Apr 1788 in NY d 3 Mar 1836 in Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN. I would like to find his parents and marriage record and hopefully go back from there perhaps to the Netherlands. Can you help me? Thank you so much.

Name Dowhower
Date 2014-04-15 07:32:04

Stumbled upon your site quite by accident, but what a treasure it is! I'm looking forward to exploring it in depth. My family name is "Douwhouwer" and am wondering if has any meaning in the Dutch language. Any ideas on how I might research it?

Name willeke
Date 2014-02-20 02:49:50

Hello my name is Willeke, i am looking for my Maternal Uncle Mr Johannes van der Steijlen/Smit
he was born in Heerlen Limborg, on the 29.6.1917
he died in Amsterdam on the 3.1.1954

Name Donald Leendert W...
Date 2012-11-17 10:42:51

i am looking for a Willem Weerheim, born about 1777 (in SChiedam i think). looking to link him into my family tree as well as an Adriana Weerheim who i think is his daughter.
His parents are probably the link that i need into my tree

Comment by Henk

I could not immediately find anything about Willem, but I did find a few things about his daughter Adriana (on and

Jannetje, daughter of Willem Weerheim and Adriana Goudswaart, was born on 8 November 1801 in Schiedam.

Jannetje Weerheim, 37, from Schiedam, daughter of Willem Weerheim and Adriana Goudswaart, married Franciscus van den Muijsenberg on 21 August 1839 in Utrecht.

Jannetje Weerheim, 46, wife of Franciscus van den Muijsenberg, daughter of Willem Weerheim and Adriana Goudswaart, died 2 August 1849 in Utrecht.

Name de Vries
Date 2012-10-13 21:11:09

Beste lezers,

Voor de stad IJlst is een enthousiaste groep mensen actief om een online archief samen te stellen met oude foto’s tekeningen en of videobeelden uit IJlst.
Bij deze een oproep;

Hebt u voor ons nog meer materiaal zoals fotos dias film of ander leuk materiaal.

Kijk zeker even op waar we al veel hebben verzameld.


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Name Henry, Roger
Date 2012-02-01 04:24:49

Some of my ancestors (Taine/Tayne/Tene/Tine/de Tene/Tyne, etc., were from Calais, France which I am searching for records for in European countries' records.
Tothers, like Casier/Cassier/Cacier/etc., also am I researching. Also French names of Des Jardin/Desjardin/etc., who married into the Tine family, Bisk or Bisq.? is yet another I'm looking for. Not to mention Uzille/Usilie/Uzile, etc., is yet another. The list goes on too, like Guion/Guyon, de Ler like de Leroy, Guion/Guyon, Reson/Rison/etc., Damen, etc., are just a tip of the European names I am searching for to see if records still exist for the families when they lived in France, Germany, Netherlands, USA, etc.. I hope that I will be able to find records for them where these families lived, etc.. Thank you.

Name Thomas Mölling
Date 2012-01-28 12:26:53

My Dutch Grandparents are the late Harm Mölling(DOB 06/03/1884 - 12/03/1967), and the late Naantje Meijer Mölling (DOB 20/04/1893 - 13/01/1967). I wish to find more information about my family tree, and any of the Mölling family living in The Netherlands, and USA today.

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