Aafien Meijering

My great-great-grandmother Aafien Meijering (for whom my grandmother was named, and so for whom I am named) was born the day after Christmas in 1839. Her father was a carpenter, and her mother was a seamstress. She was the seventh child, five boys and one girl before her ( two …

Aunt Sophie

Sophia Lichtenstein (Dutch link) was born on 10 May 1904 in Jülich. She married her first husband Max Baum there on 1 Feb 1935.  For a while they lived in Linnich (Kirchstr. 12), but in 1938 they moved to Doenrade in the Netherlands. There they lived at Kerkstraat 74.  The house had …

The Doggersbank

In 1847 Johan and Thomas ten Bruggencate went from Holland to the US (see a previous post) on the fregat ‘Doggersbank.’ A few …

Another storekeeper in Amsterdam

Family legend had it that great-grandfather Marinus J. Broekman (dutch link) had a fabric store. However, in the database of the Dutch Economic-Historical …

Maps

Maps are a wonderful resource, they help you visualize the surroundings of your ancestors and their journeys. For the Netherlands there are …

Small towns

Almelo, the town my father’s family came from is still a small town, and certainly it was in the 18th and 19th …